Rising from the ashes: Idaho City plans old fashioned Christmas celebration

Posted at 4:51 PM, Nov 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-29 18:52:04-05

With the devastating tragedy of several Idaho City businesses burning, followed by the massive Pioneer Fire earlier this year, Idaho City has suffered through some very hard hits.

In fact, some say the Pioneer Fire will have lasting impacts on the area’s outdoor recreation/tourism for years to come.

Given that, Idaho City Chamber of Commerce and city leaders say they are doing everything possible to help the local businesses survive -- and thrive -- through the recovery period.

This Saturday, December 3rd, the Chamber is holding an all-day Idaho City Christmas Celebration, from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. The event includes a bazaar and flea market, hay wagon rides, classic movie screenings, ugly sweater contests, singing carolers, free photos with Santa, a breakfast with Mrs. Claus, and a tree lighting ceremony.

“The Chamber, with the support of Idaho Power, has built gigantic reindeer and multiple new decorations to light up our City’s entry,” said Idaho City Postmaster and Chamber of Commerce Secretary Michelle Audette. “We have brought all the community clubs, organizations, businesses, and City and County together (for the event).”

“We will also have a musical train ride available from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and the Chamber will be selling a limited amount of Christmas trees,” she added.

For more details, you can visit the Idaho City facebook page at