WHAT TO DO: Plenty of holiday events across the Treasure Valley

Posted at 7:41 AM, Dec 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-07 09:43:04-05


Looking for something to do this weekend? has plenty of ideas to help you get in the holiday spirit!


For Everyone

Ice Skating in Fountain Square
Open Everyday Through January 28th, 2018 | View Hours Here

Bring the family down to The Village at Meridian to glide on the ice! Now open through January 28th! Great family fun for the holidays! More info here!


Winter Garden aGlow
Open Everyday Through January 1st, 2018 | 6PM - 9PM
You may have seen the Garden in bloom in summer, but have you seen it glow in the winter? Visit the Winter Garden aGlow at the Idaho Botanical Garden and see the dazzling display of over 300,000 sparkling lights artfully displayed throughout the holiday season. Local choirs will fill the air with music on select nights. Enjoy free cocoa, cider, and cookies or visit the on-site food vendors. More info here!


Holiday Lights Trolley Tours

December 8th - 27th, 2017 | Reserve Your Seats Here
Join the fun aboard the decorated open-air Molly Trolley. You'll enjoy the sights and sounds of festive lights and classic holiday music. Hot drinks will be available to take on board during your one-hour tour. Depart from the coffee shop behind Sockeye Grill in the Library Plaza, corner of Cole and Ustick. More info here!


A Gr8ter Christmas
December 8th, 2017 | 6:30PM - 8PM

Join locals for a fun time of celebrating Christmas, each other, and in Gr8ter style, doing a service project for our community. They’ll be assembling the very first “In Your Socks” kits that will go to those souls who will be visiting psychiatric hospitals during the season and to local shelters where they can be given to people who may not have socks for their cold feet. More info here!


Capital City Public Holiday Market
Every Saturday - December, 2017 | 10:30AM - 2:30PM

Come on down to the Capital City Public Market this Saturday morning at The Grove Plaza to experience the Market during its Holiday season! More info here!


Boise Farmers Indoor Winter Market
Every Saturday - Through December 23rd, 2017 | 9AM - 1PM

The Boise Farmers Market moves to their indoor location at the corner of 8th and Fulton Street for the Winter Market, going on every Saturday through December 23rd. More info here!


FarWest Wreath Workshop

December 9th, 2017 | 10AM - 11:30AM

Bring a friend and make your own fabulous fall wreath with the talented wreath designer, Doreen! Your wreath will be a great addition inside your home, outside on your front door or as a gift. All materials included to complete your natural wreath. $35 fee. Bring lightweight gloves. RSVP 208-853-4000 to save your seat. More info here!


Special Olympics Idaho Dumpster Dive
December 9th, 2017 | 12PM - 3PM

Help Special Olympics Idaho send 20 athletes to the 2018 USA Games held in Seattle, at this benefit Dumpster Dive, where people raise pledges and jump into a clean dumpster full of chilly water. There'll be live DJ music, dancing, food for purchase, a visit from Santa and more. More info here!


Hank Patterson’s Camp Hawgadawgadaa
December 9th, 2017 | 6PM - 8PM

When world renowned fly fishing expert and guide, Hank Patterson loses his job, his girlfriend and his memory all on the same day, he suddenly finds himself accepting the job as Camp Director at the nation's most successful summer camp, Camp Blatherton. With only a few days until kid campers arrive, Hank begins reshaping the camp and it's counselors in his own unorthodox image. Goodbye Camp Blatherton. Hello, Camp Hawgadawgadaa. Written, directed and starring Boise's own Travis Swartz, and filmed entirely in Idaho. More info here!


Sunday Brunch with Crisp Catering
December 10th, 2017 | 10AM - 1PM

Meriwether Cider is changing it up this month! Due to the big Repeal Day event on the 1st Sunday of the month they’re moving their brunch to the SECOND Sunday in December. Meriwether Cider is excited to introduce Crisp as the food this month. A local company with some killer food! And of course, enjoy an awesome cidermosa with your food! Kids and dogs welcome! More info here!


Sisters in Songwriting
December 10th, 2017 | 5PM - 9PM

The Idaho Songwriters Association presents “Sisters in Songwriting”, a series that highlights Idaho women songwriters by putting their talents on stage before an appreciative audience. These concerts support women and their craft as they network, collaborate and celebrate each other through music. These concerts are free to the community and all ages are welcome. More info here!


Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting
December 10th, 2017 | 6:30PM - 8PM
Join The Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting at Parkcenter Pond Park to honor and remember children who have passed from this world. Annually, families united in loss light candles for one hour during this event. Candles are lit at 7PM in each time zone, creating a 24-hour wave of light around the world. Gather at the park beginning at 6:30PM. After candles are lit, you'll walk around Parkcenter Pond shining the light and sharing memories. More info here!


Brit Floyd: Immersion World Tour
December 10th, 2017 | 8PM - 11PM

The hotly anticipated rock event of the year returns, as Brit Floyd brings the music of Pink Floyd to life once again with its lavish new stage show, 'Immersion World Tour 2017’. The spectacle of a Pink Floyd concert experience is truly recaptured in high-definition sound, and with a stunning million dollar light show and state of the art video design. More info here!


Family Friendly Fun

Boise Little Theater: A Christmas Story
December 7th - 9th, 2017 | See Showtimes Here
Set in the Midwest in the 1940s, this comedy follows 9-year-old Ralphie in his quest to get a genuine Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas. The consistent response to his request: "You'll shoot your eye out." All the elements from the movie are here, including Scut Farkas, the school bully; the boys' experiment with a wet tongue on a cold lamppost; Ralphie's father winning a lamp shaped like a woman's leg; and Ralphie's fantasy scenarios!  More info here!


Boise State Annual Family Holiday Concert
December 8th, 2017 | 7:30PM - 9PM

The Boise State Music Department invites the community to celebrate the season with this yearly tradition for music lovers in the Treasure Valley. All proceeds benefit the Boise State Music Department scholarship Fund. More info here!


Boise Philharmonic Holiday Pops
December 8th & 9th, 2017 | Concert Begins at 7:30PM

‘Tis the season! Bring your entire family to the symphony for an evening of holiday carols and cheer. Special guests include the Boise Philharmonic Master Chorale and other solo vocalists. Holiday Pops promises to mesmerize listeners with familiar repertoire, and sing along, while inspiring joyful memories of holidays past. The show on the 8th is at the NNU Brandt Center and the show on the 9th is at the Morrison Center. More info here!


Santa’s Workshop
December 9th, 2017 | 12PM - 2PM

Spend two hours making holiday crafts, playing games and decorating cookies. Santa will even be making an appearance. Advance registration recommended, for ages 3-12. More info here!


Recycled Minds: A Very Potter Christmas Comedy Show
December 9th, 2017 | 8PM - 10PM

Don't miss this hilarious, heart-warming homage to J.K. Rowling’s beloved series performed completely on-the-spot based on your suggestions. Plus the musical talents of Sarah Petersen and Shaylene McWhite. Suitable for all ages. A selection of refreshments will be available for purchase. More info here!


Eagle Country Christmas
December 9th, 2017 | 1PM - 6PM

Join the holiday fun at Heritage Park for Eagle's premier holiday celebration! Enjoy a fun-filled day, sample cookies & hot cocoa, shop the market, listen to live holiday music, take a carriage ride, and watch the tree lighting! Be sure to warm up by running in the Reindeer Ramble. Bring your family down to enjoy this Eagle tradition! More info here!


Children’s Winterland Festival
December 9th, 2017 | 10AM - 3PM

Come get caught up in the Christmas spirit during the Children's Winterland Festival. This delightful event features a variety of Christmas themed games and activities including pictures with Santa, cookie decorating, ornament making, Christmas card making, letters to Santa, and much more! More info here!


Caldwell Model Railroad Club Holiday Open House
December 9th, 2017 | 11AM - 4PM
Caldwell Model Railroad Club and Historical Society's annual holiday open house for all ages. Come see their large operating model railroad. There will be multiple trains running! Check out the collection of historic railroad memorabilia and artifacts. There will be children's activities, free cookies and snacks too! More info here!


Treasure Valley Nightowls

The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical

December 7th - 16th, 2017 | See Showtimes Here

It’s holiday time down in Armadillo Acres (Florida’s premier mobile-living community) and everyone’s filled with warmth and beer. Your favorite trio (Betty, Lin, and Pickles) jingle all the way with some new neighbors in an all-new, all-trailer-park musical! It’s only a matter of time before the festivities include what we’ve come to expect from the residents – cat-fightin’, chair throwing and bad puns. More info here!


LipsInc: Don We Now Our Gay Apparel
December 8th & 9th, 2017 | 8:30PM - 10:30PM

Celebrate the holidays with LipsInc! Besides the yuletide stylings of Victoria, Roxy V, Christina Champagne and Martini, they'll have a special stocking stuffer for you, too. Three special guests - Percilla Moore, Ramces and Elle--will be providing the carols. As usual, these shows will wreck your holidays. These are LipsInc's most popular shows of the year, so call to make your reservations while there are tickets left. More info here!


Ophidia Winter Showcase
December 8th & 9th, 2017 | 7PM - 10PM

Don't miss Ophidia's biggest show ever. You'll see 16 amazing pole, aerial and chair dance performances, plus a sneak preview from Line|Up Pole Dance Co. More info here!


The Golden Girls Christmas Extravaganza
December 8th, 9th, 14th, 15th, 16th, 2017 | Doors at 7PM Curtains at 8PM

The Golden Girls Christmas Extravaganza returns to Visual Arts Collective through December 16th. Starring Minerva Jayne as Blanche and Jodi Eichelberger as Dorothy, the show features parodies of two classic episodes bookended by commercials written by the Fool Squad and live musicians. For those who want a picture with their favorite ‘80s TV heroine, Brunch with the Golden Girls will be on December 10th. More info here!


HomeGrown Theatre’s 6th Annual Horrific Puppet Affair: A Very Horrific Holiday Special

December 8th - 23rd, 2017 | See Showtimes Here

The puppets are returning to shock, scare, and satisfy your thirst for horror. This year our horror-ific stories are arriving just in time for the holidays, it's A Very Horrific Holiday Special! Join HGT as we ring in the holidays at our biggest Puppet Affair yet, bringing together local playwrights, puppeteers, and playmakers for a puppet cabaret crammed full of original tales of horror! More info here!


Stage Coach: The UnXmas Story
December 8th & 9th, 2017 | Doors at 10:30PM Show at 11PM

On a not so silent night, in a little town called Bethlehem, a greedy King and an irritable Shepherd, come to know the true meaning of UnXmas. More info here!


Chive Idaho Green Tie Formal
December 9th, 2017 | 6PM - 11PM

Chive Idaho invites you to Party With A Purpose at Amsterdam Lounge and support Toys for Tots, and The Forgotten Teens. Keep it classy and dress to the nines to party KCCO style with all the other heathens on this fabulous night for charity. More info here!


Winter Salsa Escape
December 9th, 2017 | 8PM - 12AM
Head downtown to the Knitting Factory Concert House to rid yourself of those winter blues! Dance the night away at Winter Salsa Escape this Saturday night! Don’t know how to dance salsa? No problem! At 9PM join in on beginner Merengue, Bachata, and Salsa lessons! More info here!


Bottomless Mimosa Sunday
December 10th, 2017 | 1PM - 4PM

Have you ever wanted to hop into a class but don't have nights free? This once-monthly Sunday afternoon class is served with bottomless mimosas to take the edge off as the instructor leads you through this 3-hour class painting the lovely Grand Teton Barn landscape painting. Beginners welcome and encouraged, 21+ only. More info here!