Christmas in the City takes place throughout downtown Boise starting with the Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration on the Friday following Thanksgiving and continuing with events through Christmas. It is a magical time in the urban heart of our city, a time of celebration, giving and community. See the window displays and decorations throughout downtown Boise and while you are there enjoy Boise's finest shopping, retail services and dining at over 300 locations. Explore downtown, and visit Santa!
2017 SCHEDULE OF HOLIDAY EVENTS:
Downtown Boise’s City Santa is a holiday tradition for Boise families. Presented by DL Evans Bank, you can find Santa at the DL Evans downtown branch at 9th & Main Streets at the following times:
First Thursday, December 7, 6pm - 8pm
Saturday, December 2, 9, 16, 10am - 2pm
Photos with Santa are free. Donations raise funds for the Women’s and Children’s Alliance. And the smiles Santa brings… they’re priceless.
Make CenturyLink Arena your destination for fun this winter! Enjoy Idaho Steelheads hockey downtown! The Steelheads have put together a series of great promotions- from theme nights to family ticket packages!
HOLIDAY FARMER'S MARKETS
Saturdays November 4 - December 16
CAPITAL CITY PUBLIC MARKET - 10:30am - 2:30pm; The Grove Plaza
This is Boise’s most unique shopping experience! Featuring local winter produce, fresh northwest cranberries, holiday wreaths and floral arrangements, Idaho specialty foods & wines, handmade cards, art, and so much more.
BOISE FARMER'S MARKET - 9am - 2pm; Idaho Linen Supply Warehouse at 8th and Fulton
Shop inside at the Winter Market - Fresh salad greens, fresh and dried herbs, microgreens, onions, carrots, winter squash, potatoes, peppers, fresh and dried apples, honey, eggs, bread and pastries, gourmet meats and Alaskan salmon, and Idaho wines and ciders. Specialty products include North West cranberries, freshly ground polenta corn, dates, dried beans, popcorn, maple syrup and maple sugar. One - stop shopping at the Indoor Boise Farmers Market!
Saturday, November 18; 9:45am; 10th & Jefferson / 4th St / Bannock St
The Holiday Parade is a Boise tradition and a source of pride for our community. Bring the family to this year’s parade to celebrate “A Storybook Christmas” with Grand Marshal Leslie Patricelli.
The mission of the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in our community. The primary goal of Toys for Tots is to deliver, through a new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters that will assist them in becoming responsible, productive, patriotic citizens.
November 18 & 19; 10am - 5pm; Pioneer Room at JUMP Boise
This admission-free event will serve as an upscale and inventive indie art/craft show during the holidays. The Market will consist of innovative and original items produced using traditional art/craft methods. There will be diverse crowd of vendors providing items available at Wintry Market; to keep the event fresh and exciting! And we pride ourselves as being an affordable marketplace for handmade goods.
Trains: Saturdays, November 18 - January 6 & December 7th First Thursday; Old Boise, Pioneer Tent Building, 106 N 6th St
Santa: Saturdays, November 25 - December 23 & December 7th First Thursday; 12:00pm - 4:00pm; Old Boise, Pioneer Tent Building, 106 N 6th St
Santa will be in the building! Visit the model railroaders exhibit, complete with numerous towns, figures, lights and trains! And don’t forget the special Christmas Trains that only run at this time of year. What can be a better combo - Trains and Santa - to bring in the holidays! So bring your camera to get your children’s or family picture with Santa (NO CHARGE). Thanks to the generous support of the Old Boise Merchants Association.
Sunday, November 19; 7:30pm; Centurylink Arena
A community choir and orchestra of about 350 musicians have been organized to present this event. Open seating, no tickets required. Doors open at 6:30. Free to the public. Bring the entire family! Guests are invited to make a monetary donation to the Idaho Foodbank at the event.
IDAHO STATE CAPITOL CHRISTMAS TREE
Monday, November 20 - Tree is delivered at the Statehouse
Monday, November 27 - Tree lighting
5pm: Gather at Capitol steps
5:30pm: Program starts
6pm: Tree lighting ceremony
6-7pm: Gather inside Capitol to look at holiday decorations
November 22 - 26; Boise Centre
Gala: Tuesday, November 21; 5:30pm
Fashion Show: Monday, November 27; 11am - 1:30pm
Festival of Trees has become a favorite seasonal tradition for residents of the Treasure Valley. During Thanksgiving week, Boise Centre becomes home to a wonderland of holiday beauty that is enhanced by a series of special events designed to please people of all ages. From the black-tie Gala to Breakfast with Santa, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
Thursday, November 23; 9am; 6th & Main
Enjoy a scenic, 5K course with your family and friends in Downtown Boise! Walk, jog or run along the flat course, which starts on Main Street at 6th Street, heads through downtown and finishes on Capitol Blvd. and Idaho Street. Enjoy the finish area fun in front of City Hall.
6:30am - 8:45am - Race day registration, bib number and packet pick up in front of City Hall on Capitol Blvd.
8:30am - Thank you presentation from Boise Rescue Mission and Special Olympics
8:45am - Live music from Boise’s newest country music star – Sarah Jane Fields
9:00am - Turkey Day 5K start
9:15am - Live music from Red Light Challenge
Thursday, November 23 - Monday, January 1; 6pm; Botanical Garden
Don’t miss out on this holiday display of over 300,000 glorious lights and also view the holiday lights of downtown Boise from the upper garden. Revel in the spirit of the season with loved ones as you celebrate a traditional holiday evening with: hot chocolate, caroling, and cookies. Santa Claus and his reindeer will be part of the Winter Garden aGlow celebration along with live entertainment. So when making your holiday plans make sure to visit the winter Garden a Glow. We are open on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day.
DOWNTOWN CARRIAGE RIDES
Every Friday and Saturday from November 24 - December, 16; 4 pm - 8 pm; Washington Trust Bank
Enjoy a free Horse Drawn Carriage Ride and hot cocoa in Downtown Boise, courtesy of Washington Trust Bank! Rides depart from Washington Trust Bank at 901 W Bannock St. (corner of 9th and Bannock).
Boise Little Theatre
November 24, 25, December 1, 2, 8, 9, 10 - 8pm
November 30 & December 7 - 7:30pm
November 26, December 3, 9 2pm
The story: Set in the midwest in the 1940s, this comedy follows 9 year old Ralphie in his quest to get a genuine Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas. The consistent response to his request: "You'll shoot your eye out." All the elements from the movie are here, including Scut Farkas, the school bully; the boys' experiment with a wet tongue on a cold lamppost; Ralphie's father winning a lamp shaped like a woman's leg; Ralphie's fantasy scenarios and more.
Friday, November 24; 11am - 2pm; Grove Plaza
Throughout the year the Idaho Foodbank collects handcrafted and hand painted bowls from professional and amateur artisans, students, and studios. The event offers participants the opportunity to select a unique bowl from thousands and then enjoy a hot bowl of soup generously donated by several of our finest local restaurants. While guests enjoy their meal, they are encouraged to remember that not all our Idaho neighbors are able to meet the basic need of feeding their families, so financial support from the event helps to provide free emergency food to those in need.
Friday, November 24; 5:00pm - 6:30pm; Grove Plaza
The Tree Lighting is a Downtown Boise Tradition! Boise Mayor Bieter lights up the Christmas tree in the Grove Plaza in downtown Boise, while families in attendance sing carols and join in the candle lighting ceremony. The community is invited to attend this traditional event that lights up downtown and welcomes the holiday season to the Treasure Valley. Please visit the Downtown Boise Tree Lighting Page for the list of performers and schedule for the evening.
GIVING TREE BENEFITING THE WOMEN'S AND CHILDREN'S ALLIANCE
Friday, November 24 - Friday, December, 22
Please join us and the Downtown Business Association at the annual tree lighting at the Grove Plaza on Friday, November 24, 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm. Boise Mayor Bieter lights up the Christmas tree on The Grove Plaza in downtown Boise, while families in attendance sing carols and join in the candle lighting ceremony. This is also the kick off of our annual Giving Tree program, in which gift tags are hung around the tree that list the WCA’s facility and child care needs. Community members can take tags from the tree and drop the items off at any Zion’s Bank location. Can’t wait to see you there to ring in the holiday season!
SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY
Saturday, November 25
Kick off the holiday shopping season on Small Business Saturday, November 25 by supporting small businesses in Downtown Boise. Pick up your SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY DOWNTOWN BOISE PASSPORT and be entered to win cool prizes and gift cards from your favorite places!
Egyptian Theatre, 700 W Main Street - All Showings At 7pm (unless otherwise noted)
Saturday, November 25 (3:30pm & 7pm) : Elf
Tuesday, November 28: Home Alone
Wednesday, November 29: White Christmas
Tuesday, December 5: Scrooged
Thursday, December 7: A Christmas Story
Tuesday, December 12: Die Hard
Thursday, December 14: It’s a Wonderful Life
Saturday, December 16 (4:30pm & 8pm): Christmas Vacation
Thursday, December 21: Love Actually
December 1 - 2; 8pm; St. John's Cathedral
A cherished holiday tradition. Bring the whole family and your friends to experience Boise Philharmonic’s annual performance of Handel’s Messiah in the beautiful St. John’s Cathedral at 8:00pm. Join Music Director Eric Garcia as he leads the Boise Philharmonic Orchestra and Boise Philharmonic Master Chorale (prepared by Dr. Jim Jirak, BPMC Music Director.) Concert-goers are encouraged to purchase tickets early because both evenings are sure to sell-out! For tickets call 344-7849 or boisephil.org.
Saturday, December 2; 10am - 5pm; Zoo Boise
Join Zoo Boise for Claus ‘N’ Paws, a FREE admission day. This is our way to thank our community for supporting the zoo and our wildlife conservation mission. Santa Claus will visit the zoo for photo opportunities (for a small donation which benefits zoo programs). There will also be holiday crafts, face painting, and don’t miss the animal residents receiving their holiday gifts. Santa will be at the zoo for photos from 11am - 4pm (for a fee). As much as we love pets, no pets are allowed inside the zoo except for ADA service animals. Companion animals are not allowed.
Saturday, December 2; 4pm; Idaho Capital Building
Traditional Christmas music performed and presented throughout the world.
Thursday, December 7; 5pm - 9pm; Downtown Boise
Experience Downtown Boise at its finest as retailers, galleries, and restaurants entertain you with a variety of mini-events, including the 10th Annual Winter Window Gallery! Best of all– it’s free! Find a map & listings of locations by clicking "DECEMBER FIRST THURSDAY" above.
Thursday, December 7; 4pm - 9pm; 328 S. 8th St. (previously Urban Outfitters)
Buy Idaho 6th Annual Holiday Market in BODO. The Market will feature up to 30 vendors sampling and selling made in Idaho gifts, a local beer and wine garden, live music and SANTA!
BASQUE MUSEUM HOLIDAY SALE & OPEN HOUSE
Thursday, December 7; 5:30pm - 8:30pm; Basque Museum
Join us from 5:30pm-8:30pm for December’s First Thursday Holiday Sale & Open House. There will be free admission for everyone, tours of the CJU House, live music, and food and drink for free as well as wine to purchase, not to mention 10-20% off in the Museum Store, just in time for Christmas!
Friday, December 8; 7:30pm; Morrison Center Main Hall
The Boise State University Music Department invites the community to celebrate the season with this yearly tradition for music lovers in the Treasure Valley. Tickets are available at the Morrison Center box office. All proceeds benefit the BSU Music Department Scholarship Fund.
Saturday, December 9; 7:30pm; Morrison Center
‘Tis the season! Bring your entire family to the symphony for an evening of holiday carols and cheer. Special guests include the Boise Philharmonic Master Chorale and other solo vocalists. Holiday Pops promises to mesmerize listeners with familiar repertoire, and sing along, while inspiring joyful memories of holidays past. Buy your tickets early because this concert is usually a sell-out!
Friday, December 15, 7:30pm
Saturday, December 16, 2pm & 7:30pm
Sunday, December 17, 12pm & 4pm
The Morrison Center
Ballet Idaho continues the beloved holiday tradition of the timeless family classic, The Nutcracker, returning with live music by the Boise Philharmonic. Join us as we celebrate the season in glittering fashion – a joyful and elegant holiday party for the children, magical and playful mice, Clara’s life-size Nutcracker doll’s transformation into the handsome prince, and a beautiful swirling snow scene. Over 100 children from the Ballet Idaho Academy will grace the stage with our professional company members. Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and choreography by Peter Anastos.
December 17 - 18; 7:30 pm, Egyptian Theatre
A wonderfully irreverent, inspiring and wacky holiday variety show hosted by Curtis Stigers and Jodi Peterson and featuring our most talented local musicians, dancers, comedians and community leaders all donating their time and talents for a great cause.
Tickets available on Wednesday, November 15. All proceeds benefit Interfaith Sanctuary Homeless Shelter.
BOISE CAPITOL ROTUNDA CONCERT
Wednesday, December 20; 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm; Idaho Capitol Building Rotunda
Enjoy the tradition of the beautiful holiday concert hosted by Boise High School.
Friday, December 22; 2pm; Albertsons Stadium, Boise State University
Mountain West Conference vs. Mid-American Conference
Saturday, December 23; 10am; Boise High School
Create a new tradition! Celebrate the holiday season as a family by running, jogging or walking the YMCA Christmas Run together. `Tis the season for bells, holiday costumes, carolers and Santa! Join us for the YMCA Christmas Run presented by Saint Alphonsus. The race starts and finishes in Downtown Boise at Boise High School. Choose from the 1 mile reindeer dash, 2 mile or 6 mile Run.
MIRACLE ON IDAHO STREET
Christmas Day; 10am - 3pm; Old Chicago Restaurant 730 W Idaho St
Over 1,000 of Boise’s homeless and displaced guests will arrive at Old Chicago for a Christmas Day celebration. Each guest will receive a warm welcome and an extraordinary dining experience, a finely dressed table and a meal with all the trimmings. New gifts of warm clothing, toys, books, school supplies, and blankets will be distributed, and each guest will have the chance to enjoy a visit and picture on Santa’s lap!
Tuesday, December 26; 3 pm - 5:30 pm; Downtown Boise
This Treasure Valley event sponsored by the Les Bois Chapter of the American Guild of Organists is free and open to the public. Enjoy a self-guided walking tour to look at the Christmas decorations, hear special music, and view the various architectural styles of the churches. You are invited to bring your friends and the walk can begin at any of the participating churches:
Capitol City Christian Church, First Presbyterian Church, Immanuel Lutheran Church, St. John's Roman Catholic Cathedral, St. Michael's Episcopal Cathedral, and First Methodist Church.