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2021 Holidays in the City

Celebrate the 2021 season with Downtown Boise’s Holidays in the City events and promotions - beginning the Friday after Thanksgiving and going through the end of December. The Holidays in the City campaign encompasses Shop Small Saturday, Winter Window Walk, City Santa, the Holiday Tree that supports Women’s and Children’s Alliance (WCA), and December First Thursday. 

We have planned a holiday season full of engaging, safe, and family-friendly activities that celebrate all that Downtown Boise has to offer. Bundle the family up and come downtown to see decorated window displays and vote for your favorites. Start or continue a tradition of pulling a tag off of the Holiday Tree to help support the WCA; or maybe browse local merchants to find a unique gift for that special someone. 

Read more about what’s happening below and make a plan to support Downtown Boise merchants and businesses. We can’t wait to see you!   




Friday, November 26 through December 2021; The Grove Plaza

A beautiful holiday tree will be placed in The Grove Plaza, it will be lit, and will be the City’s tree, as usual. However, we can’t in good faith have thousands of people gathered on The Grove Plaza on the Friday after Thanksgiving for a tree lighting ceremony this year. Instead, make a night of it in Downtown by stopping by to see the tree, pulling a gift tag in support of the WCA, and get in on Small Business Saturday and Winter Window Walk - both kicking off that night! Downtown Boise is the place to celebrate the 2021 holiday celebration!



Saturday, November 27, 2021; Downtown Boise

When you support a Downtown business on Small Business Saturday, keep track and fill out the 2021 Small Business Saturday Shopping Passport. Shoppers can print a passport at home or pick one up at Rediscovered Bookshop or participating business on November 27th. Store merchants will stamp or sign physical passports as you visit their shops. Completed 2021 passports that have been returned to Rediscovered Bookshop by 6:00pm will be entered to win one of three $100 Downtown Boise Gift Cards!

View list of participating Shop Small businesses here.



Friday, November 26 through December 22, 2021; Downtown Boise

Make Downtown a destination to see the magic of the season embodied in the window displays of your favorite merchants and businesses. Bundle up, grab a warm beverage, and enjoy the holiday decor as you make your way through the welcoming streets of Downtown Boise. The windows will “officially” be lit on Friday, November 26th, 2021, Pay close attention to the windows you like best as you will be able to vote for your favorite window displays while you’re there. Look for a QR code displayed in the front of the store to vote!  #LightUpDowntownBoise

View list of particiaption Winter Window Walk businesses & locations here.



First Thursday, December 2 from 5-8pm; D.L. Evans Bank (9th St & Main St)
Saturday December 4, 11, 18 from 10am-2pm; D.L. Evans Bank (9th St & Main St)

Bring the little ones to see Santa in-person & socially distant at the D.L. Evans Bank in Downtown Boise (branch located at 890 W Main St, Boise, ID 83702). First come, first served. Bring phone or camera to take your own photo. Donations support Women & Children’s Alliance. Face coverings required. Thank you to our City Santa partners D.L. Evans Bank and WCA.

View more City Santa details here.



For a calendar of all holiday events in downtown Boise, click here.