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2023 Downtown Boise Holiday Tree

Presented by Boise Cascade

Thanksgiving Weekend through the Holiday Season 2023

Celebrate the holidays in Downtown Boise with free, family friendly events! The season kicks off with a spectacular holiday tree lighting event the evening of Friday, November 24 in The Grove Plaza. Adorned with more than 5,000 lights and a custom-made tree topper, the 35-foot tree is Boise Cascade’s gift to our downtown. Throughout Downtown Boise is decorated with brightly lit wreaths, almost 350 streetlights wrapped with lights, and 12 intersections glittering with snowflake swags made possible by Downtown Boise Association.

The holiday tree is designated as the City’s ‘Giving Tree’ surrounded with over 4,000 gift tags supporting the families of Women’s and Children’s Alliance.


Holiday Tree Lighting

Friday, November 24, 2023

5:00PM – Event Begins! Pickup Candle Cups and Prepare to Light Up The Grove Plaza
5:15PM – Introduction by KTVB's Brian Holmes & Music Performance by McKenna Esteb
5:25PM – Opening Remarks by Downtown Boise Association Executive Director Jenn Hensley, Boise Cascade's Beth Mediate, and Women & Children’s Alliance CEO Bea Black (plus special guest appearances!)
5:30PM – Music Performance by McKenna Esteb
5:35PM – City of Boise Mayor Lauren McLean Remarks & Lighting
5:45PM – Conclusion & Announcement
6:00PM – Glide on Grove Skate Rink Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting


Giving Tree

Monday, November 27 – Monday, December 18, 2023
WCA is open Monday – Friday from 12:00pm – 4:00pm

Give back to your community by picking up a gift tag off the garland surrounding the holiday tree! Each of the over 4,000 tags note a wish list item from the Women & Children’s Alliance (WCA). Pick up a tag or two, shop for the requested item, then drop off your new, unwrapped gift to WCA at:

720 W Washington St
Boise, ID 83702

Donations must be dropped off by Friday, December 18th to ensure delivery to WCA families in time for Christmas!


About the Tree

This year’s tree was donated by Sam Cabot of Boise. The tree is a Blue Spruce and is roughly 35 feet tall. Mr. Cabot needed to remove the tree and opted to graciously donate it to serve as the Holiday Tree for the City of Boise. The tree was cut and transported to The Grove Plaza the morning of Monday, November 13th.

Use after holidays: The tree is chipped up. These wood chips are turned into mulch at the Boise Community Forestry shop and this mulch is sold to the public. The mulch is great for garden beds or tree rings. Mulch is helpful because it adds organic matter to the soil over time and helps retain moisture in the soil. The larger wood we will save for either firewood or wood working. That is also available to the public.

Don’t miss other fun holiday events including Small Business Saturday, City Santa, and member events listed on the Downtown Boise events calendar.