The Magic of the Season

Things To Do During The Holidays


Winter Garden aGlow - Nov 26 - Dec 27, 2020

The Idaho Botanical Garden is transformed into a twinkling wonderland and you can peek into the Garden Cottage to see Santa and Mrs. Claus. Enjoy snacks and warm drinks from local vendors while you check out the holiday express model train display, and wander through the tunnel of lights. Winter Garden aGlow is open Wednesday – Sunday, Nov 26 through Dec 27. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

For more information: IdahoBotanicalGarden.org

Giving Tree (benefitting the Women's & Children's Alliance) - Nov 27 - Dec 18, 2020

Kick off holidays by visiting the lit holiday tree on The Grove Plaza. Participate in the annual Giving Tree program, whereby 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 the Idaho Central Credit Union Bank downtown or Vista locations. 

For more information: wcaBoise.org

Virtual City Santa Claus (presented by D.L. Evans Bank) - Dec 5, 12 & 19, 2020

Downtown Boise’s City Santa is a holiday tradition but this year, Santa is stuck in the North Pole. This won’t stop us from virtually seeing (and singing with) Santa this year! Kids can drop a letter to Santa at Downtown D.L. Evans Branch on 9th and Main. Look for Santa’s mailbox. 

Saturday, December 5, 10am: Community Santa Sing-along with Santa via Zoom.

If you miss the sing-along, Santa’s also eager to meet one-on-one via Zoom on the first 3 Saturdays in December. Screenshot photos with Santa are free! Donations raise funds for the Women’s and Children’s Alliance.

For registration: DowntownBoise.org


Eagle Country Christmas - December 5, 2020 from 1:00 - 6:00 pm.

Celebrate the holidays at Eagle Country Christmas. You can shop for gifts at the holiday market, take a picture with Santa and Mrs. Clause, pet a real reindeer, and take a carriage ride through historic Downtown Eagle. While you are in downtown, head over to the Eagle Arts Commission Winter Holiday Quilt and Fiber Exhibit. The exhibit will be open from 12-5 pm and features dozens of beautiful quilts by local artisans. Visit Heritage Park for the grand finale of Eagle Country Christmas - the Tree Lighting Ceremony at 5:30 pm.


Children's Museum Holiday Bazaar - December 7, 2020 11:00 - 7:00 pm.

The Children’s Museum Holiday Bazaar will present a winter wonderland for local crafter's and artisans. For more information: cmIdaho.org

The Village at Meridian - Santa Visit November 27 - December 24th; Skating Rink November 13 - January 31st

To visit Santa, you can have a contactless in person Santa experience or a virtual experience using Video Conference technology.  All visits with Santa, in person and virtual, will be by appointment only. Simply visit TheVillageatMeridian.com and select either a contactless in-person visit or a virtual visit.  

The Village at Meridian Ice Rink Season welcomes reservations and walk-up. Time slots will be booked in 30-minute increments, and guests may check-in up to 5 minutes early to receive their wristband and skates or scan the QR Code near the Ice Rink with your phone to purchase your tickets.

Find Your Christmas Tree in the Payette National Forest - December 2020 (Ongoing)

Lifelong memories are built during these special times and the Payette National Forest is offering online Christmas tree permits. Each permit allows one tree to be cut, with a limit of three permits per family. The cost of a permit for one tree is $10, and the maximum height of a permitted tree is 12 feet. In coordination with the “Every Kid Outdoors” program, fourth graders can receive a free Christmas tree permit. The program provides a free pass to all fourth-grade students who first go to EveryKidOutdoors.gov and complete the application process.

To obtain a permit: Recreation.gov

*Publisher's Note: Both City and partner events are subject to change at any time with the evolving COVID-19 situation.

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