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Boise Christmas Events Calendar 2023

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 Christmas events in Boise and the Treasure Valley for you to attend.

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Fri Nov 10, 2023

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Scentsy Commons Christmas Lights Ceremony
Scentsy Commons, 2901 E Pine Ave, Meridian, ID 83642

You’re invited to join us at Scentsy Commons for a dazzling light display. Our seventh annual Christmas Lights Ceremony is from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10. We’ll officially turn on the lights with a countdown beginning at 6:15 p.m. The countdown will also be streamed live.

Our campus has been wrapped in over 900,000 beautiful lights, including Scentsy’s signature light tunnel. And our 75-foot-tall, light-up Christmas tree!

To add to the fun, food trucks will be on-site from 5:30-8 p.m.

This entire event will take place outside on the Scentsy campus, so dress warm! The Scentsy building is closed, but porta potties will be available.

Rules for visiting our campus include no smoking, no alcohol, no pets, no weapons and no littering.

The lights will continue to be on every night from sunset to sunrise; from Nov. 10, 2023, through Jan. 15, 2024.

Gather your family and friends and join us for a bright night out to kick off the holiday season.

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Thu, Nov 16, 2023

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

Join us as we celebrate our Annual Tree Lighting and Santa arrival and officially kick of the holiday season! Enjoy a live performance by The Orale Band, fire dancing, holiday crafts, holiday friends including our Santa Penguin, Winter Queen, Frosty, Christmas Bear, Santa’s elves, and of course the star of the show, Santa! We will be giving out special wands to help light the tree, and copies of our 10 Year Anniversary celebrations book, New Wings while supplies last!

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Fri Nov 17 - Sun Nov 19, 2023

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Caldwell's Winter Wonderland Opening Weekend, 6 - 9PM
120 S Kimball Ave, Caldwell ID 83605

Get ready for a dazzling holiday tradition! 🎄 The City of Caldwell is lighting up Indian Creek in downtown Caldwell with over a million lights, and we want you to be there for the grand reveal during the opening weekend.

Join us for the Winter Wonderland Festival, hosted by Destination Caldwell & Indian Creek Plaza. Best of all, it's completely free to attend! 🌟 Visit Santa, glide across the ice skating rink, savor your favorite treats, and kickstart your holiday shopping with a delightful array of vendors. We've got everything you need to make this holiday season unforgettable right here in downtown Caldwell.


The holiday lights along Indian Creek are set to dazzle from November 17 to January 8, automatically illuminating the night at dusk. For your convenience, the best parking can be found along the Railroad from 5th Ave to 12th Ave. See you there, and let's make this holiday season shine bright! ✨🎅 #WinterWonderlandCaldwell #HolidayLights

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Tue Nov 21 - Mon Nov 27

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Saint Alphonsus Festival of Trees
850 W Front St, Boise, ID 83702

For 39 years now the Saint Alphonsus Festival of Trees has kicked off the holiday season in the Treasure Valley. The holiday season is a time for coming together to celebrate and revel in tradition. It is also a time for thinking of others and giving of ourselves. We are excited to launch the 2023 Saint Alphonsus Festival of Trees! Mark your calendars for November 21 (Gala), November 22-26 (General Exhibition) and November 27 (Fashion Show.) Let’s celebrate!

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Thu Nov 23 - Sun Dec 31

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

Celebrate the wonders of the season at Winter Garden aGlow, a magical event, Wednesdays through Sundays, Thanksgiving to New Year’s Eve. Wander through a mesmerizing world of twinkling lights, enchanting displays, and the sweet aroma of nightly cookies and hot chocolate. Let the kids explore this Winter Wonderland, while you enjoy intimate moments by the fire pits and sip holiday drinks at the Snow Globe Bar. Write heartfelt letters to Santa, witness the creativity of our community at the Gingerbread Village, and capture unforgettable memories. Join us and embrace the joy of togetherness in this luminous winter wonderland!

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Fri Nov 24 - Sat Nov 25

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Canyon County Festival of Trees
Ford Idaho Center, 16114 N Idaho Center Blvd, Nampa, ID 83687

The Canyon County Festival of Trees is a not for profit that supports Meals on Wheels in Canyon County.

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Fri Nov 24, 2023

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Downtown Boise Holiday Tree Lighting
827 W Main St, Boise, ID 83702

Celebrate the holidays in Downtown Boise with free, family friendly events! The season kicks off with a spectacular holiday tree lighting event the evening of Friday, November 24 in The Grove Plaza. Adorned with more than 5,000 lights and a custom-made tree topper, the 35-foot tree is Boise Cascade’s gift to our downtown. Throughout Downtown Boise is decorated with brightly lit wreaths, almost 350 streetlights wrapped with lights, and 12 intersections glittering with snowflake swags made possible by Downtown Boise Association.

The holiday tree is designated as the City’s ‘Giving Tree’ surrounded with over 4,000 gift tags supporting the families of Women’s and Children’s Alliance.

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Sat Nov 25, 2023

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Nampa Christmas Tree Lighting, 5:15P
1200 Front St, Nampa, ID 83651

The City of Nampa invites the community to kick off the holiday season on Saturday, November 25, 2023. IT'S ALSO "SHOP SMALL SATURDAY" - The Nampa Farmer's Market will have a variety of vendors at their "Winter Wonderland Market" from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

5:15 p.m. Entertainment begins

6:00 p.m. Christmas Tree is lit

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

Saturday November 25th - Lighted Parade starts at 6pm. Tree Lighting to follow parade at Bowman Memorial Park.

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Thu Nov 30, 2023

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Idaho Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting, 5PM
700 W Jefferson St, Boise, ID 83702

Governor Brad Little and First Lady Teresa Little invite all Idahoans to celebrate the holiday season at the Idaho Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting on Thursday, November 30.

The free celebration will begin at 5:30 p.m. and includes entertainment and remarks from the Governor and First Lady before the official tree lighting at approximately 6:45 p.m.


Fri Dec 1 - Sun Dec 3, 2023

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The TRICA Snow Globe, Various Times between 5PM-9PM
1406 W Eastman St, Boise, ID 83702

Expect the Unexpected. Immersive projection light show by Lumenarius, Large-scale visual art installation, Custom snow globes designed by 12 talented local artists, Holiday marketplace, and a Confetti snow room. Hot cocoa and drinks available.


Fri Dec 1 - Sun Dec 3, 2023

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The Boise Christmas Show, Fri & Sat 11AM-7PM, Sun 11AM-4PM
Expo Idaho, 5610 N Glenwood St, Garden City, ID 83714

Thousands of Unique Gifts, Over 225 Vendors, Visit with Santa & Mrs. Claus!

Admission: Adults $5, Seniors (62+) $4, Children 12 & under are Free.

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Fri Dec 1, 2023

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Meridian Winter Lights Parade
Downtown Meridian, ID 83642

We are thrilled to see the return of the Christmas in Meridian Winter Lights Parade! The parade will float through old town Meridian to usher in the start of the holiday season. Santa will join us and bring his magic to light the city Christmas Tree that will shine throughout this festive season in Generations Plaza.  Save the date: Friday, December 1, 2023.

Come early to watch "The Grinch Who Stole Christmas' projected next to the mainstage at Idaho & Main streets. Grab dinner or a hot cocoa in the food court.  Don't forget to download the downtown decorating contest map and vote for your favorite business.

The Meridian Chamber Downtown Committee is hosting Shop Meridian Downtown Night and the Downtown Decorating Contest.  And.....the Meridian Arts Commission is presenting the Ornament Drop!   There are so many festive events and activities being planned.

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Marsing Christmas Parade, 6P
Main Street, Marsing, ID 83639

View website and FB page for more info.

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Mountain Home Hometown Holiday Parade of Lights
Downtown Mountain Home, ID 83647

The City of Mountain Home is excited to again host the Hometown Holiday Parade of Lights on December 1st. Join us as we escort Santa Claus through downtown to Railroad Park for the annual tree lighting event.

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Sat Dec 2, 2023

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Star Christmas at the Riverhouse, 10AM
Star Riverhouse, 960 S Main St, Star, ID 83669

Join us at the Star Riverhouse as we ring in the holidays with seasonal fun for the whole family!

Reindeer Ramble hosted by SWIDBA | MYC Gingerbread House Building & Contest | Kids Crafting Corner | Hayrides | S'mores by a Fire | Dickens Caroler | Kids musical and dance recitals | Visit from Santa | Christmas tree lighting

NEW this year, a Christmas market hosted by our friends at Sol Invictus Vineyard

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Boise Holiday Parade, 10AM
Downtown Boise, ID 83702

Join us this year on December 2nd, starting at 10 am for our Boise Holiday Parade that features locally built holiday floats, rad cars, local businesses, school choirs, and so much more! And let's not forget this years theme, "What Christmas Means to Me"!

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Ontario Winter Wonderland Parade
SW 4th Ave, Ontario OR 97914

Each winter, Ontario kicks off the holiday season with the Winter Wonderland Parade. The parade travels down SW 4th Avenue and ends in Downtown Ontario. Marching bands, floats, and Santa are all part of this holiday tradition.


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

Celebrate Christmas with small-town charm and fun family festivities at Eagle Country Christmas on Saturday,  December 2, 2023, from 1-6 pm in downtown Eagle by Heritage Park. 

At last year's Eagle Country Christmas, kids enjoyed free crafts and activities in our heated tents.  Other offerings included photo ops downtown and with Santa and his sleigh, horse-drawn carriage rides through historic downtown Eagle, live musical performances from local children’s choirs, live bands at Heritage Park Gazebo Stage, and holiday market shopping for gifts and food. The Eagle Fire District's vintage 1927 fire truck also made an appearance!  For those interested, we stuffed the truck with needed coats, new socks, and new underwear donations for the Boise Rescue Mission (see below).  And the grand finale-  the Tree Lighting Ceremony, sponsored by Treasure Valley Lighting! Witness as the living Christmas Tree in Heritage Park comes to life with hundreds of sparkling lights at 5:30 pm.

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Tuba Christmas, 6PM
Idaho State Capitol,  700 W Jefferson St, Boise, ID 83702

Boise’s TubaChristmas has been an ongoing community gathering of tuba and euphonium musicians since 1992. Members of this unique ensemble include student musicians from local high schools, middle schools, and colleges/universities, as well as adult musicians from a variety of professions. It is truly a Boise tradition!

In 2023 we celebrate the 50TH ANNIVERSARY of TUBA CHRISTMAS!

Tuba and euphonium players of all ages are invited to join us on Saturday, December 2, 2023 for Boise’s TubaChristmas. If you would like to participate, simply show up at 1:00pm for registration, and we will begin our rehearsal at 1:30pm. See the Schedule, Costs, and What to Bring sections below for more information. This year, Boise’s TubaChristmas will be directed by Boise State faculty member Dr. Sarah Paradis (Professor of Trombone and Euphonium) with guest conductor TBD.

If you simply wish to attend the performance as an audience member, please join us at 4:00PM at the Capitol building in downtown Boise. This event is free and open to the public. Families are encouraged to attend!

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Treasure Valley Night Light Parade, 6PM
Cleveland Blvd, Caldwell ID 83605

We are excited to announce the 20th Annual Treasure Valley Night Light Parade will be happening in Downtown Caldwell on Saturday, December 2nd with a kick-off time of 6:00pm. Our theme this year is Ugly Christmas Sweater. The parade route starts at Linden/Cleveland and ends at Kimball/Cleveland.

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Fri Dec 8, 2023

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Jingle Blades, 7PM
Idaho IceWorld, 7072 S Eisenman Rd, Boise, ID 83716

Featuring 92 skaters of all ages including retired Olympian pairs skater, Jeremy Barrett.

Tickets are available for purchase online, in person at Idaho IceWorld or call 208-608-7680.

General Admission: $22 (stadium seating)

VIP Admission: $296 per table (seats 8), Includes keepsake program, cookie, and a hot beverage.

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Sat Dec 9, 2023

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Kuna Down Home Country Christmas
W Main St, Kuna, ID 83634

Come out and get into the holiday spirit! The Night Light Parade will be on Main Street starting at 6 PM sharp. After the parade, the City of Kuna will have their official lighting of the ​Kuna Christmas Tree at Kuna Market Village.


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Jingle Blades, 3PM and 6PM
Idaho IceWorld, 7072 S Eisenman Rd, Boise, ID 83716

Featuring 92 skaters of all ages including retired Olympian pairs skater, Jeremy Barrett.

Tickets are available for purchase online, in person at Idaho IceWorld or call 208-608-7680.

General Admission: $22 (stadium seating)

VIP Admission: $296 per table (seats 8), Includes keepsake program, cookie, and a hot beverage.

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Fri Dec 15 and Sat Dec 16, 2023

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Meridian Symphony Orchestra - Home for the Holidays
Meridian High School Performing Arts Center, 1900 W Pine Ave, Meridian, ID 83642

Note: Either evening of this holiday concert may sell out. Buy tickets in advance to ensure you get a seat.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year – but also the  busiest, filled with expectations, events, and travel. We invite you to take a break from the hustle and bustle and enjoy some of the season’s most beloved music at our annual holiday concert being performed on both Friday and Saturday evenings  Favorites include Anderson’s “A Christmas Festival,” selections from Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker,” Hess’s “Christmas Overture” Lovrien’s whimsical “Minor Alterations” and Krogstad’s “The Bells of Christmas.” The Meridian High School choir will sing accompanied by the orchestra and Young Artist Competition winner, Darren Lu, will also be featured with his winning Mozart Piano Concerto.


Fri Dec 22 and Sat Dec 23, 2023

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Deck the Halls with Fire Spinners
108 W 33rd St, Garden City, ID 83714

Come Join Flow Dojo for our Deck the Halls event! Come see our Fire and LED performers dance the night away in our Christmas light forest. It's only 5$ to walk through our display and we're handing out FREE cookies, hot chocolate and exclusive coupons!

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