Seasonal Light Displays and Events

‘Tis the season to be jolly! Our community likes to get in the holiday spirit with plenty of festive activities, including Christmas caroling, light displays, Santa’s workshops and holiday markets. Embrace the magic of the season at Winterfest, shop till you drop at a holiday market, enjoy the beauty of twinkling Christmas lights and make memories with loved ones.

  1. Photo By: Charles Knowles

    The Grove Plaza


    Grove Plaza - experience the start of the Christmas season with the lighting of downtown’s Christmas Tree snuggled between The Grove Hotel and Boise Centre.


  2. Idaho Botanical Garden


    Idaho Botanical Gardens - write Santa a postcard then journey among this Boise must-see extravaganza for its annual Winter Garden aGlow.


  3. The Village at Meridian


    Santa Photos - before the holidays arrive, bundle up your family to see Santa and get photos in his cozy house.

  4. Photo By: Otto Kitsinger

    Morrison Center For The Performing Arts


    Morrison Center - Ballet Idaho returns for their annual performance of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker with renovated set pieces and new symbolic costumes.

  5. Photo By: Charles Knowles

    Generations Plaza


    Winter Lights Parade & Downtown Meridian Tree Lighting - with 50 parade floats, this event is the perfect way to start your family's holiday season.


  6. Hyde Park


    Hyde Park - trek on over to the north end for the Candle Lantern Festival with storytelling, live music, and, of course, Candle Lantern making!

  7. Meridian Senior Citizen's Center


    Last Minute Shoppers Event - if holiday gift shopping snuck up this season, visit this event featuring over 30 vendors, door prizes, and raffles.


  8. Expo Idaho


    Expo Idaho - this light phenomenon, Christmas in Color, lets you drive through 1.5 million lights synchronized with holiday music on your radio.

  9. Lucky Peak Reservoir


    Lucky Peak Reservoir - register with the Make a Wish foundation and fundraise for their annual Polar Plunge. Make a splash for a good cause.



  10. Heritage Building


    How the Grinch Stole Christmas - bundle up and bring your family to watch this outdoor performance of this classic Dr. Seuss story.

  11. Friends Of Zoo Boise


    Zoo Boise - the colder temperatures bring out more active sides of animals, so pack the family and see another side of nature's finest creatures

  12. Village Cinema Lobby


    Santa’s Helpers Story Time - listen to a story read by some of Santa’s helpers at this family friendly holiday event.

  13. Idaho Steelheads


    Idaho Central Arena - the Idaho Steelheads take to the ice for another hockey season. Get your tickets online and witness the Fish Toss!


  14. Rehabilitation Services Saint Alphonsus


    YMCA - presented by Saint Alphonsus, take your family on a virtual fun run during the holiday season. Sign up online at the YMCA website.


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    Indian Creek Plaza


    Winter Wonderland - decorated with one million lights, visiting this plaza is a perfect way to start off the holiday season.

  16. Photo By: Grace Herrera



    Holiday Light Stroll - visit the Scentsy campus to see over 450 decorated trees and walk through the fan favorite 250-foot-long light tunnel.