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 250 locations. Explore downtown, and visit Santa!...
2013 Schedule of Events
Idaho Steelheads Hockey
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 www.centurylinkarenaboise.com
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.
Holiday Farmer’s Markets
Saturdays November 2 - December 21, 10am–2pm
CAPITAL CITY PUBLIC MARKET
8th Street from Bannock to Main, the Grove Plaza, and Idaho Street from Capitol to 9th Street.
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.
*POP-UP Shop: Buy your Downtown Boise GIFT CARDSwhile visiting the Capital City Public Market’s Red info booth at 8th and Idaho on Saturdays, Nov 2-Dec 21, during the holiday market.*
Downtown Boise Gift Cards are the BEST holiday gift and are accepted at over 250 downtown locations, including public parking garages.
BOISE FARMERS MARKET
Idaho Linen Supply warehouse at 516 S. 8th Street.
Every Saturday November 2 - December 21, 10am–2pm
Boise Holiday Parade
Saturday, November 23, 2013
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 www.boiseholidayparade.org
Hymns of Thanksgiving
Sunday, November 24 at 7:30 p.m.
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. www.hymnsofthanks.com
Boise Classic Movies:
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:
Holiday KICK OFF show on Nov 25: ELF
Dec 3: White Christmas
Dec 10: Miracle on 34th Street
Dec 17: Christmas Vacation
St. Alphonsus Festival of Trees
November 27- December 1, 2013
Boise Centre on the Grove
Gala: Tuesday, November 26
Fashion Show: Monday, December 2
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.www.saintalphonsus.org
Mannheim Steamroller Christmas
Wednesday, November 27
Turkey Day 5K
Thursday, November 28, 2013
7:00am-8:45am a.m.--Race day registration, bib number and packet pick up
8:45am- stretching led by lululemon
9:00 a.m.--Turkey Day 5K start
There's never been a better way to prep for your Thanksgiving dinner! Join runners, joggers and walkers for a morning of fun along a scenic, flat 5k course highlighting downtown Boise in a unique, unhurried way. The Turkey Day 5K Boise starts on Main Street at Capital Boulevard and follows a very flat course around downtown, finishing on 8th
Street between Bannock and Idaho. Best Thanksgiving costume will win a prize! www.turkeyday-5k.com
Winter Garden aGlowIdaho
Open Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 28 - Dec. 1, 2013
Dec. 6, 2013 - January 5, 2014
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. www.idahobotanicalgarden.org
Giving Tree to benefit the Women’s and Children’s Alliance
November 29– 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!
St. Alphonsus Breakfast with Santa
Friday, November 29 and Saturday, November 30
Doors open at 7:30 a.m.
Program begins promptly at 8:00 a.m.
$12 per child, $18 per adult
Join Santa Claus, friendly elves and other characters for a magical breakfast, sing-along and more. Each child receives a special gift and cost includes admission to the Festival of Trees. http://www.saintalphonsus.org/festival
Idaho Foodbank- Empty Bowls Event
Friday, November 29
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. www.idahofoodbank.org
Zions Bank Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration
Fridayday, November 29
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. www.downtownboise.org
It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play
November 29, 30, December 6, 7, 13, 14, 8:00pm
December 5 & 12, 7:30pm
December 8 & 14, 2:00pm
The Story: This beloved American holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940s radio broadcast. With the help of an ensemble that brings a few dozen characters to the stage, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve.
Carriage Rides through downtown, sponsored by Washington Trust Bank
Fridays 4pm-8pm and Saturdays 1pm-4pm, November 30 - December 21
Free carriage for the public including a special holiday guest!
Old Boise N-Scale Model Railroaders and Santa
Saturdays November 30– December 21, 10am-4pm, Santa noon till 4pm
Old Boise, Pioneer Building, 106 N 6th, Mezzanine1
Visit the model railroaders exhibit, complete with numerous towns, figures, lights and trains! New this year is a steel mill complex and over 30 new special lighting and track improvements. And don’t forget the special Christmas Trains that only run at this time of year. Santa Claus will be flying in on his sled each day and will be parked in front of the train exhibit. What can be a better combo - Trains and Santa - to bring in the holidays! So bring your camera, kids, and Christmas wish list. Thanks to the generous support of the Old Boise Merchants Association. www.oldboise.com
First Thursday Dec. 5, 5pm-8pm
Saturdays Dec. 7 – Dec. 21, 10am-2pm
DL Evans Bank, 213 N 9th St
Winter Window Gallery Stroll
December 5-31, All hours
This Christmas 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 7th Annual Winter Window Gallery Stroll, beginning on First Thursday, December 5th. 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.org
December 5, 5pm-9pm
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! Stroll through downtown Boise to admire the seasonal works of art on the windows of many different businesses! Best of all– it’s free! Find a map & listings of locations at www.downtownboise.org
Free Parking Thursdays!
Thursday evenings, December 5, 12, 19
All Downtown Public Parking Garages, 5:00pm-midnight
Enjoy free parking in the downtonw public garages! Shop late and dine out!
Claus ‘n’ Paws
Saturday Dec. 7, 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, as well as musical entertainment from local schools. And, you won’t want to miss the zoo residents receive their holiday enrichment! www.zooboise.org
OakRidge Boys Christmas
Friday, December 6
The trees are decorated, the snow is falling and the Oak Ridge Boys treat you to Christmas favorites as only they can! From rollicking Santa songs to heartfelt standards, this show is a family favorite! - See more at: www.idahotickets.com
Saturday, December 7th, 8:00pm
Enjoy this holiday tradition, performed by the Boise Philharmonic and Boise Philharmonic Master Chorale. www.boisephilharmonic.org
Boise Tuba Christmas
Saturday, December 7
Times: 3:15 pm - The Grove
4:00 pm - State Capital Rotunda
Event details: 2013 is the 40th anniversary for TUBACHRISTMAS concerts/events which is Traditional Christmas music performed and presented throughout the world. More information: www.tubachristmas.com
Annual Family Holiday Concert
Sunday, December 8, 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. music.boisestate.edu
Free Parking Day!
Saturday, December 14th, 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 spaces.www.downtownboise.org
Surface Lots operated by Car Park:
Fulton Lot - 8th and Fulton
Boise Plaza East Lot- 10th and Bannock
Hoff Lot- 8th and Jefferson
Garro Lot-8th and Bannock
Shorty’s Lot- Myrtle and Capitol
B of A Lot- Capitol and Front
Public Parking Structures operated by Ampco Parking:
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
Christmas Every Day : Boise Contemporary Theater
Sunday, December 15
Christmas Every Day has been added to the BCT Children's Reading Series!
You can see CHRISTMAS EVERY DAY
adapted from the short story by William Dean Howells on the BCT stage, located at 9th and Fulton in Downtown Boise on December 15 at 2:00 PM. Tickets are available online here
or by calling the BCT box office at 331-9224 x205.
Tickets are $8 for Children (4-18 yrs) and $12 for Adults.
ThePianoGuys – Home For Christmas
Tuesday, December 17
Taco Bell Arena
There will only be two holiday concerts in 2013 in support of A Family Christmas
release, one being December 17 in Boise . There will be holiday themed merchandise and maybe a special guest or two at each concert. - See more at: www.idahotickets.com
Ballet Idaho, The Nutcracker
Friday, December 20, 8pm
Saturday, December 12, 2 & 8 pm
Sunday, December 22, 12 &4 pm
The Ballet presents 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. www.balletidaho.org
Saturday December 21
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 http://www.ymcatvidaho.org/programs/races
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.
5th Annual Downtown Boise Christmas Church Walk
Thursday, December 26
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.