https://www.downtownboise.org/media/img/christmas_in_the_city2.jpgChristmas 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!
 
 
2016 SCHEDULE OF HOLIDAY EVENTS
 
IDAHO STEELHEADS HOCKEY
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! Check out details and game schedules at www.centurylinkarenaboise.com
 
HOLIDAY FARMER'S MARKETS
Saturdays November 5- December 17
*Capital City Public Market 9:30am-2:30pm
8th Street, Main to Jefferson
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. Visit capitalcitypublicmarket.com for more information.
*Boise Farmers Market 9:00am-2:00pm
Indoors at 8th and Fulton (516 S 8th St)
Shop inside at the Winter Market - Fresh Northwest cranberries & dates, locally grown chestnuts, winter produce, fresh & dried herbs, salad greens, Idaho Specialty foods, Award winning Idaho wines & cheeses and fresh baked breads & Holiday pastries.  Shop for handmade wreath, Christmas trees and beginning Dec. 6th - locally grown Meyer lemons, limes, tangelos & oranges from the Hagerman Valley!  One - stop shopping at the Indoor Boise Farmers Market! http://theboisefarmersmarket.com/
 
BOISE HOLIDAY PARADE
Saturday, November 19, 2016
9:45 am
11th & Jefferson/ 4th Street/ Bannock Street.
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 The Magic and Music of Christmas with Grand Marshal Marcellus Brown. For more information check out www.boiseholidayparade.org
 
TOYS FOR TOTS
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. Visit http://boise-id.toysfortots.org for a list of donation sites in downtown Boise.
 
DOWNTOWN CARRIAGE RIDES
Dates: Every Friday and Saturday 11/25 - 12/17.
Time: all from 4PM-8PM
Route: Circle from 9th and Bannock to Capitol and back around.
Enjoy a free Horse Drawn Carriage Ride in Downtown Boise, courtesy of Washington Trust Bank! Rides depart from Washington Trust Bank at 901 W Bannock St. (corner of 9th and Bannock) 
 
WINTRY MARKET
Saturday, November 19 10:00am-5:00pm
Sunday, November 20 10:00am-3:00pm
Location: El Korah Shriners
This 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. For a list of 2016 makers, visit http://www.wintrymarket.com
 
HYMNS OF THANKSGIVING
Sunday, November 20 at 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. http://www.hymnsofthanks.com/
 
ST. ALPHONSUS FESTIVAL OF TREES
November 23-November 27
Boise Centre
Gala: Tuesday, November 22 – 5:30pm
Fashion Show: Monday, November 28 – 11:00am-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. http://www.saintalphonsus.org/festival
 
TURKEY DAY 5K
Thursday, November 24, 2015
6:30am-8:45am a.m.--Race day registration, bib number and packet pick up
8:30am – Thank you presentation from Boise Rescue Mission and Special Olympics
8:45am- Turkey Funk warm up by Kala Fit Boise (sponsored by LuLuLemon)
9:00 a.m.--Turkey Day 5K start
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.  www.turkeyday-5k.com
 
EMPTY BOWLS- Idaho Foodbank
Friday, November 25th
Times: 11:00am-2:00pm on the 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. www.idahofoodbank.org
 
WINTER GARDEN aGLOW
Open Thursday, November 24 - Sunday, January 1
Botanical Garden
Gates open at 6pm – last admissions at 8:45pm
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. www.idahobotanicalgarden.org
 
ZIONS BANK and GARDNER COMPANY PRESENT DOWNTOWN BOISE TREE LIGHTING
Friday, November 25
5:30pm-7pm on the 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.
 
SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY
Saturday, November 26
Kick off the holiday shopping season on Small Business on Saturday, November 26 by supporting small businesses in Downtown Boise. Pick up your SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY DOWNTOWN BOISE PASSPORT and be entered in to win cool prizes and gift cards from your favorite places!
 
CITY SANTA
DL Evans Bank, corner of 9th and Main in downtown Boise.
First Thursday in December, and then Saturdays in December from the 3rd to the 17th. Children tell Santa their Christmas wishes and have their picture taken with Old St. Nick! Photos are free! Donations benefit the families at the WCA of Boise
 
GIVING TREE to benefit the Women's and Children's Alliance
November 25 - December 19th, all hours.
Tags located on the Grove Plaza.
Take a tag from the Giving Tree and support survivors of domestic abuse and sexual assault at the Women’s and Children’s Alliance (WCA). Drop off NEW, UNWRAPPED gifts to the WCA (8-5 p.m., M-F) or to the following Zion’s Bank branch locations: 890 Main St., Boise; 7402 W. Fairview Ave., Boise; 6176 N. Eagle Rd., Boise; 3715 E. Overland Rd., Meridian; 2121 W. Karcher Rd., Nampa; and 509 S. Kimball Ave., Caldwell. The WCA provides safety, healing, and freedom to women and children healing from domestic abuse and sexual assault. Your donation will provide hope– the most precious gift of all!
 
MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET, THE PLAY
Boise Little Theater
November 25,26  December 2,3,9,10 - 8:00pm
December 1 & 8 - 7:30pm
November 27, December 4 & 10 2:00pm                                                                                                       
The story: By chance, Kris Kringle, an old man in a retirement home, gets a job working as Santa for Macy’s. Kris unleashes waves of good will with Macy’s customers and the commercial world of New York City by referring parents to other stores to find exactly the toy their child has asked for. Seen as deluded and dangerous by Macy’s vocational counselor, who plots to have Kris shanghaied to Bellevue Psychiatric Hospital, Kris ends up in a court competency hearing. Especially at stake is one little girl’s belief in Santa. http://boiselittletheater.org/current-season/
 
OLD BOISE N-SCALE MODEL RAILROADERS AND SANTA
COME SEE SANTA! from Noon to 4 pm every Saturday before Christmas Eve in the Pioneer Tent Bldg. at 106 N 6th St, 2nd Floor. November 26, December 3, 10, 17.
Also, come see the Old Boise N-Scale Model Railroad in the Pioneer Tent Building basement from 10 am to 4 pm. 106 N 6th St on the same Saturdays as Santa.
Events are Free, please bring your own camera. Sponsored by the Old Boise Merchants Association.www.oldboise.com
 
BOISE CLASSIC MOVIES- HOLIDAY SHOWS!
Egyptian Theatre, 700 W Main Street - All showings at 7pm
Saturday, November 26: Elf
Tuesday, November 29: White Christmas
Wednesday, November 30: White Christmas
Thursday, December 1: Die Hard
Tuesday, December 6:  A Christmas Story
Thursday, December 8: A Muppet Christmas Carol
Tuesday, December 13: A Wonderful Life
Wednesday, December 14: A Wonderful Life
Saturday, December 17: Christmas Vacation
 
WINTER WINDOW GALLERY STROLL
Storefront windows throughout downtown Boise
Stroll through Downtown Boise looking at all the wonderful holiday window art! Make sure to vote for your favorite online!
 
FIRST THURSDAY
December 1, 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 9th Annual Winter Window Gallery! Best of all– it’s free! Find a map & listings of locations at www.downtownboise.org
 
BUY IDAHO HOLIDAY MARKET
Thursday, December 1: 4pm-9pm. Location: TBD
Make it an Idaho Holiday! It's the 5th Annual Buy Idaho Holiday Market. The Market will be held on December 1st in coordination with the Downtown Boise Association's First Thursday holiday festivities. The Market provides an ideal opportunity for shoppers to shop for unique, made-in-Idaho gifts. http://www.buyidaho.org/page-1846391
 
HANDEL'S MESSIAH
Friday, December 2nd and Saturday, December 3rd
Saint John’s Cathedral
Enjoy this cherished holiday tradition. Bring the whole family and friends to experience the annual performance by the Boise Philharmonic and Boise Philharmonic Master Chorale. www.boisephilharmonic.org
 
CLAUS ‘N PAWS
Saturday Dec. 3, 10am -5pm
Zoo Boise - Julia Davis Park
Claus 'N Paws is the only free admission day of the year at Zoo Boise. It is our gift to the community, a thank you for all the support you give us throughout the year. Santa will be here for photo opportunities, for a small donation which benefits zoo programs. There will also be holiday crafts and face painting. And, you won’t want to miss the zoo residents receiving their holiday gifts! www.zooboise.org
 
BOISE TUBA CHRISTMAS
Saturday, December 3rd 
Time: 4:00 pm - State Capital Rotunda
Event details: Traditional Christmas music performed and presented throughout the world. More information:www.tubachristmas.com
 
ANNUAL HOLIDAY CONCERT
Friday, December 9, 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, or online. All proceeds benefit the BSU Music Department Scholarship Fund.
The Boise State University Music Department invites the community to celebrate the season with this yearly tradition for music lovers in the Treasure Valley. music.boisestate.edu
 
HOLIDAY POPS
December 10th, 8 pm at the Morrison Center with Boise Philharmonic Master Chorale. Tickets available at boisephilharmonic.org or by calling (208) 344-7849
 
BALLET IDAHO, THE NUTCRACKER
Friday, December 16, 8pm
Saturday, December 17, 2 & 8 pm
Sunday, December 18, 12 & 4 pm
Morrison Center
The Ballet joins with the Boise Philharmonic to present this community favorite, Ballet Idaho’s annual production of The Nutcracker. Whether it is a family tradition or once-in-a-lifetime experience this glittering classic ballet will stay with you forever and warm your spirit. This dazzling production music by Tchaikovsky and choreographed by Peter Anastos will transport you to a magical place. The performance will feature beautiful and original scenery and costumes with the cast of Ballet Idaho Company members and a large and enthusiastic cast of children from throughout the Treasure Valley. www.balletidaho.org
 
33rd ANNUAL CHRISTMAS RUN
Saturday December 17
Race starts at 10:00am
The Christmas Run and Walk is not only a great family event, but also a good way to keep you and your family on track with your fitness goals during the often hectic holiday season. This is a tradition for some many Treasure Valley families, make it yours too. Course choices include the 1 mile Reindeer Dash, 2 and 6 mile runs. For more information and to register please go to http://www.ymcatvidaho.org/runs/christmas-run/
 
FREE Parking Day!
Saturday, December 17
Just in time to finish up that last-minute Christmas shopping! Thanks to the generous holiday spirit of Capital City Development Corporation, Republic Parking, The Car Park, and Diamond Parking Services, parking will be F-R-E-E in many lots and structures across downtown. Also, don’t forget that parking is always free on Saturdays in metered parking spaces.
 
2016 FAMOUS lDAHO POTATO BOWL
Albertsons Stadium, Boise State University
December 22, 5:00 pm
Mountain West Conference vs Mid-American Conference
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl tickets available at www.famousidahopotatobowl.comor the Albertsons Stadium ticket office.