Community Events

Boise Christmas Events Calendar 2021

Are you looking to join your neighbors in the Treasure Valley for some fun Christmas Events? We've got all your events here in one place! We're highlighting Boise area Christmas Parades, Boise Christmas Tree Lightings, and other free Christmas events in Boise and the Treasure Valley for you to attend.

We'll be adding events as we find them or hear about them. To add your event, please email us: BoiseChristmasLights@gmail.com. Not all events will make our list, because we try to emphasize free events for families, and not necessarily feature every single convention, show, etc.

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We know there is some uncertainty about events and gatherings, and events are always subject to change or cancellation. We'll do our best to keep this page updated, but ALWAYS check the official pages/social media channels of these events for the most up-to-date info. You are the best judge on whether or not you feel comfortable attending events.

Thursday, Nov 18, 2021

Image: The Village at Meridian/Facebook

The Village at Meridian Annual Tree Lighting & Santa Arrival, 6PM
The Village at Meridian, Meridian, ID 83642

Kick off the holidays at our Annual Tree Lighting & Santa Arrival November 18th at 6pm featuring One Voice Children's Choir, Santa, Costumed Characters and more!

This year we focus on Children and the power of their voices. One Voice Children's Choir vision is a world where children lead out in creating a kind and understanding community for all through genuine, purposeful, and heart-felt communication. The youth around us are the leaders of tomorrow and One Voice Children invites the world to start listening to their voices today.

Website | Facebook Event

Friday-Sunday, Nov 19-21, 2021

Image: Indian Creek Plaza

Caldwell's Winter Wonderland Opening Weekend, 7 - 10PM
120 S Kimball Ave, Caldwell ID 83605

The Winter Wonderland Festival is Idahoโ€™s official start of the Christmas season! Every year, the City of Caldwell Streets Department decorates Indian Creek in downtown Caldwell with one million lights and โ€˜flips the switchโ€™ to turn on the lights! The Festival also marks the opening of Ice skating at the Ice Ribbon in downtown Caldwell.

Experience the winter season every evening; visit Santa, go ice skating, eat your favorite treat, or start your holiday shopping. We have everything you need to kick off the holidays right here in downtown Caldwell!

Come join us to view the lights during the holidays. The lights throughout Downtown Caldwell will be on starting this weekend through January 11.

Please note, parking is limited downtown and we encourage you to come on Saturday or Sunday (the best parking is along the Railroad from 5th Ave to 12th Ave).

Website

Thursday, Nov 25, 2021

Image: Idaho Botanical Garden

Winter Garden aGlow at Idaho Botanical Gardens Begins
2355 N Old Penitentiary Rd, Boise ID 83712

Join us this holiday season as the Garden is transformed into a twinkling wonderland. See the Idaho Botanical Gardens website for more info.

Website

Saturday, Nov 27, 2021

Image: Gem County Recreation District

Emmett - GCRD Holiday Magic on Main Street Lighted Parade, 6 - 7PM
101 W Main Street Emmett, Idaho 83617

The Gem County Recreation District's annual parade in Emmett will be happening on Sat Nov 27, starting at 6 PM.

Website | Facebook Event

Image: @BoiseChristmasLights

Nampa Christmas Tree Lighting
1200 Front St, Nampa, ID 83651

The City of Nampa invites the community to kick off the holiday season on Saturday, November 27, 2021. Entertainment begins at 5:15PM, and the lights switch on at 6PM.

Website | Facebook Event

Thursday, Dec 2, 2021 (also Dec 16 and Dec 30)

Image: City of Star Idaho

Winter Wonder Village: Holiday Lights and Cheer, 5-8P
Idaho State Museum, 610 Julia Davis Dr, Boise, ID 83702

Come explore our Winter Wonder Village this December, located in the Museumโ€™s Pioneer Village complete with historic houses illuminated for the holidays! Delight in complimentary hot chocolate while you and your loved ones enjoy the lights, shop for holiday items, and create winter themed arts & crafts!

Each night will feature a few special events:

December 2nd: Free First Thursday at the Idaho State Museum. Enjoy complimentary admission, including our indoor exhibits and our outdoor Winter Wonder Village display.

December 16th: Need gifts for the family? Check out the M Store pop up shop for uniquely Idaho items! The Old Idaho Penitentiaryโ€™s Souvenir Confinement shop will have a pop up as well, allowing guests to take 101 years of Idaho and prison history home with them.

December 30th: Enjoy the last bit of the Holidays at the Museum and prepare to ring in the new year with crafts and hot chocolate.

These outdoor events will be free to the public and do not include admission to the Museumโ€™s indoor exhibits except for First Thursday on December 2nd. Concessions including cookies and candies will be for sale at each event.

Walk-ups will be accommodated; Pre-registering before arrival is strongly encouraged.

The Idaho State Museum is following current CDC guidance related to masking and physical distancing. Face coverings are required for all public and educational programs in the Classroom regardless of vaccination status.

Register in advance at https://history.idaho.gov/mec-category/winter-wonder-village/

Friday, Dec 3, 2021

Image: City of Star Idaho

Star Christmas Tree Lighting, 6PM
Star Riverhouse, 960 S Main St, Star, ID 83669

The City of Star will be lighting their Christmas tree on Friday, December 3, 2021 at the Star Riverhouse, 960 S Main St, in Star.

Website

Image: City of Meridian Idaho

Meridian Winter Lights Parade, 7PM
Downtown Meridian, ID 83642

The City of Meridian will be holding their annual Winter Lights parade and lighting their Christmas tree on Friday, December 3, 2021 at 7PM in downtown Meridian. Check out their website for other festivities, including Santa's Mailbox, Zoom with Santa, Winterland in the Bag craft kits, and screenings of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas".

Website

Saturday, Dec 4, 2021

Image: FB/Ontario Chamber of Commerce

Ontario Winter Wonderland Parade, 1-2PM
Blaine St, Caldwell ID 83605

The City of Ontario's Winter Wonderland Parade will be back on Saturday, Dec 4, 2021 at 1PM. The parade route is East on SW 4th Ave - North on Oregon St.

Facebook Event

Image: Eagle Parks & Recreation

Eagle Country Christmas, 1 - 6PM
Heritage Park, 185 E State St, Eagle ID 83616

The City of Eagle's annual Eagle Country Christmas will be on Saturday, Dec 6, 2021.

Website | Facebook Event

Image: FB/Treasure Valley Night Light Parade

Treasure Valley Night Light Parade, 6PM
Blaine St, Caldwell ID 83605

Caldwell Chamber of Commerce's annual Treasure Valley Night Light Parade will be on Saturday, Dec 4, 2021. The parade route has traditionally followed Blaine Street in Caldwell.

Website | Facebook Event

Thursday, Dec 9, 2021

Image: FB/The Riverside Hotel - Boise

Gerry & The Dreambenders: 8th Annual Toys for Tots Fundraiser, 7:15PM
The Riverside Hotel, 2900 W Chinden Blvd, Garden City, ID 83714

You're invited to The Sapphire Roomโ€™s free (with toy donation and/or cash donation of any amount) holiday concert put on by Gerry & the Dreambenders. This family friendly event will be a night full of fun with food, music, comedy, raffle drawings and more. Everyone must reserve their ticket in advance. We will be taking donations beginning December 1st-9th at the Riverside Hotel.

Reserve Tickets at Eventbrite

Thursday, Dec 16, and Thursday, Dec 30, 2021

Winter Wonder Village: Holiday Lights and Cheer, 5-8P
Idaho State Museum, 610 Julia Davis Dr, Boise, ID 83702

Come explore our Winter Wonder Village this December, located in the Museumโ€™s Pioneer Village complete with historic houses illuminated for the holidays! Delight in complimentary hot chocolate while you and your loved ones enjoy the lights, shop for holiday items, and create winter themed arts & crafts!

Each night will feature a few special events:

December 2nd: Free First Thursday at the Idaho State Museum. Enjoy complimentary admission, including our indoor exhibits and our outdoor Winter Wonder Village display.

December 16th: Need gifts for the family? Check out the M Store pop up shop for uniquely Idaho items! The Old Idaho Penitentiaryโ€™s Souvenir Confinement shop will have a pop up as well, allowing guests to take 101 years of Idaho and prison history home with them.

December 30th: Enjoy the last bit of the Holidays at the Museum and prepare to ring in the new year with crafts and hot chocolate.

These outdoor events will be free to the public and do not include admission to the Museumโ€™s indoor exhibits except for First Thursday on December 2nd. Concessions including cookies and candies will be for sale at each event.

Walk-ups will be accommodated; Pre-registering before arrival is strongly encouraged.

The Idaho State Museum is following current CDC guidance related to masking and physical distancing. Face coverings are required for all public and educational programs in the Classroom regardless of vaccination status.

Register in advance at https://history.idaho.gov/mec-category/winter-wonder-village/