Christmas 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!...


Idaho Steelheads Hockey
IdahoStampede Basketball
Make CenturyLink Arena your destination for fun this winter! Enjoy Idaho Steelheads hockey and Idaho Stampede basketball downtown! Both teams have put together a series of great promotions- from family ticket packages to kids club nights to ladies night! Check out details and game schedules at
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.orgfor a list of donation sites in downtown Boise.
Holiday Farmer’s Markets
Saturdays November 1 - December 20, 9:30am-1:30pm
8th Street from State Street to Main
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 for more information.
Idaho Linen Supply warehouse at 8th and Fulton     
Every Saturday November 1 - December 20, 9:00am-2:00pm
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!
Trans-Siberian Orchestra – The Christmas Attic
Taco Bell Arena
Thursday, November 20, 2014,  7:30pm
Trans-Siberian Orchestra debuts their rock opera The Christmas Attic live across North America in 2014.
Boise Holiday Parade
Saturday, November 22, 2014
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 Joy Of Giving with Grand Marshal Robert Krueger. For more information check out
Wintery Market
Saturday, November 22  10:00am-5:00pm
Sunday, November 23  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.
Hymns of Thanksgiving
Sunday, November 23 at 7:30 p.m.
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.
Boise Classic Movies:
Egyptian Theater
Showtimes are all 7:00pm
Kid tickets are $6; adults $9
We'll do an Ugly Christmas Sweater contest at each screening. 
Dates and movies:
Nov 24: Planes, Trains & Automobiles – 7pm
Holiday KICK OFF show on Nov 29: ELF (showing at 4pm AND 7pm)
Dec 2: Home Alone – 7pm
Dec 4: White Christmas – 7pm
Dec 9: A Christmas Story – 7pm
Dec 16: It’s a Wonderful Life – 7pm
Dec 18: Christmas Vacation (showing at 6pm AND 9pm)
St. Alphonsus Festival of Trees
November 26-November 30
Boise Centre
Gala: Tuesday, November 25 – 5:30pm
Fashion Show: Monday, December 1 – 11:00am-2:00pm  
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
Turkey Day 5K
Thursday, November 27, 2014
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 lululemon and Zenergy
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.
Downtown Carriage Rides
Dates: 11/28, 11/29, 12/5, 12/6, 12/12, 12/13, 12/19, 12/20.
Time: all from 4PM-7PM
Route:  a 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) on Fridays and Saturdays 4PM-7PM
Winter Garden aGlowIdaho
Open Thurdsay, Nov. 27 – Sunday, January 4, 2014
Botanical Garden
Gates open at 6pm – last admissions at 8:45pm
Don’t miss out on this holiday display of over 250,00 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 chocloate, 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.
Giving Tree to benefit the Women’s and Children’s Alliance
November 28– December 20, All Hours                                                                                    
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!
Idaho Foodbank- Empty Bowls Event
Friday, November 28
Times: 11:00am-2:00pm
Grove Plaza
Throughout the year the Idaho Foodbank collects handcrafted and handpainted 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.
Zions Bank Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration
Friday, November 28
The Grove Plaza
Bring your family to the event that lights up downtown and welcomes the holiday season to Boise. The event includes the lighting of the community Christmas tree, live music, caroling, candle lighting, and food and beverages.
Twas The Night Before Christmas
Boise Little Theater
November 28, 29, December 5, 6, 12, 13- 8:00pm
December 4 & 11- 7:30pm
November 30, December 7 & 13- 2:00pm                                                                                                       
The story: The wild holiday adventures of a mouse, an elf, and a spunky little girl who just won’t take no for an answer, on their quest to find out why Santa missed their house last year. A joyful tribute to the holiday season!
FREE On-Street Parking for Black Friday!
November 28th, 2014. 8:00am-6:00pm
Old Boise N-Scale Model Railroaders and Santa
(N-Scales new space is in the basement at same location, three times bigger and Santa on the mezzanine)  
Saturdays onlyNovember 29– December 20, 10am-4pm
Old Boise,Pioneer Tent Building, 106 N 6th
Scale will be open and Santa will be there 12N until 4pm in Old Boise. Visit the model railroaders exhibit, complete with numerous towns, figures, lights and trains!  And don’t forget the special Christmas Trains that only run at this time of year. What can be a better combo - Trains and Santa - to bring in the holidays!  So bring your camera to get your children’s or family picture with Santa. (NO CHARGE)  Thanks to the generous support of the Old Boise Merchants Association.
SHOPsmall: Small Business Saturday
Be a BIG supporter of Small Businesses in downtown Boise! Get your holiday shopping started! Grab your SHOPsmall Downtown Boise Passport and support local shops, enter to win a Downtown Boise Gift card. more details at
City Santa
First Thursday Dec.4: 6pm-8pm
Saturdays Dec 6, 13 & 20: 10am-3pm
DL Evans Bank, corner of 9th and Idaho streets
For a small donation, children tell Santa their Christmas wishes and have their picture taken with Old St Nick! Proceeds benefit the Children’s Home Society, made possible by DL Evans Bank.
Winter Window Gallery Stroll
December 4-31, All hours
Downtown Boise
This holiday season as you stroll through the streets of downtown, you’ll see much more in the storefront windows than just the latest fashions. Local artists and businesses have teamed up to create fantastic holiday window art for the 8th Annual Winter Window Gallery Stroll, beginning on First Thursday, December 4th. The Winter Window Gallery features the work of many local artists who have loaned their creative talent to dress downtown Boise in holiday style. www.downtownboise.orgfor locations and to vote for your favorite!
First Thursday
December 4, 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 8th Annual Winter Window Gallery! Best of all– it’s free! Find a map & listings of locations at
Claus ‘n’ Paws
Saturday Dec. 6, 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 from 11:00-4:00 for photo opportunities, for a small donation which benefits zoo programs. There will also be musical entertainment from local groups throughout the day. And, you won’t want to miss the zoo residents receive their holiday gifts!
Handel's Messiah
Friday, December 5th and Saturday, December 6th
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.
Boise Tuba Christmas
Saturday, December 6
Time: 4:00 pm - State Capital Rotunda
Event details: Traditional Christmas music performed and presented throughout the world. More information:
Annual Holiday Concert
Friday, December 12 7:30pm – 9:30pm
The Boise State University Music Department invites the community to celebrate the season with this yearly tradition for music lovers in the Treasure Valley.
Holiday Pops
December 12 & 13th
with Boise Philharmonic Master Chorale and NNU Chorus
Free Parking Day!
Saturday, December 13th, 8am-5pm
Various Downtown lots
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
Surface Lots operated by Car Park:
Fulton Lot- 8th and Fulton
Boise Plaza East Lot – 10th and Bannock
Boise Plaza South Lot – 11th and Idaho
Hoff Lot – 8th and Jefferson
Garro Lot – 8th and Bannock
Shorty’s Lot – S. Myrtle and Capitol
Winther Lot – N. Myrtle and Capitol
WaFed Lot – Capitol and Front  
Public Parking Structures operated by Ampco Parking:
Capitol Terrace
Eastman Garage
Myrtle St Garage
City Center Garage
Grove Street Garage
Surface Lots Operated by Republic Parking:
1080 Front St
6th and Idaho
510 W. Main St
560 W. Main St
116 S. 6th St
8th and River St
5th and Main St
618 W. Idaho St
10th and State St
5th and Front St
10th and Idaho St
11th and Idaho St
Capital and Fulton
6th and Jefferson
210 N. 6th St
500 W. Idaho
416 W. Idaho
5th and Idaho
Wells Fargo Garage
Surface Lost Operated by Diamond Parking:
1010 W Jefferson St
176 S Capital Blvd
122 N 5th St
507 W Idaho Ave
6th and Grove St
Ballet Idaho, The Nutcracker
Friday, December 19, 8pm
Saturday, December 20, 2 & 8 pm
Sunday, December 21, 12 &4 pm
Morrison Center
The Ballet joins with the Boise Philharmonic and Opera Idaho’s Children’s Chorus to present this community favorite, Ballet Idaho’s annual production of The Nutcracker. Whether it is a family tradition or a 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.
2014 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
Albertsons Stadium, Boise State University
December 20th, 3:45pm
Mountain West Conference vs Mid-American Conference
Christmas Run
Saturday December 20
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 your too. Join us for a merry morning of bells, costume contests, Santa and hot soup provided by Whole Foods Market. Choose from a 2.5 mile or 6 mile course. For more information and to register please go to
Xreme Holiday Xtravaganza 9
December 21-23, 2014
Egyptian Theatre
Doors: 6:30pm. Event begins at 7:30pm
Come enjoy the sounds of this year’s Xtreme Holiday Xtravaganza at the Egyptian Theater! Be entertained by over 20 acts a night hosted by Curtis and the The Fool Squad, with music, comedy, dance, origami, tumbling, claymation, animal tricks (no animals will be harmed, blah blah blah…) and much more! Proceeds go to benefit Interfaith Sanctuary.
Miracle on Idaho Street
Christmas Day, 11am-3pm
Old Chicago Restaurant, 730 W Idaho Street
For the 8th year, over 1,000 of Boise’s homeless and displaced guests will arrive at Old Chicago for a Christmas Day celebration. Each guest will receive a warm welcome and an extraordinary dining experience, a finely dressed table and a meal with all the trimmings. New gifts of warm clothing, toys, books, school supplies, and blankets will be distributed, and each guest will have the chance to enjoy a visit and picture on Santa’s lap! For more information please call 363-0037.
6th Annual Downtown Boise Christmas Church Walk                                                                                      Friday, December 26
Church tour: 3:00-5:30pm
St. John’s Cathedral Sing 5:30pm-6:00pm
The self-guided walking tour is for the community to be able to look at the Christmas decorations, hear special music and view the various architectural styles of the churches. What makes this event special is that all the churches are within walking distance of each other. The Church Walk will conclude with a Christmas Music
Sing from 5:30-6:p.m. at St. John’s Roman Catholic Cathedral. The event is free and open to the public. You are invited to bring your friends and house guests, and the Walk can begin at any of the churches.
for more information and a list of churches visit