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Boise’s Festive December: Glittering Lights and Unforgettable Memories in Idaho!

With its chilly mornings and frosty landscapes, the month of December brings a sense of joy and magic. The holiday season is upon us, and there are a plethora of events and festivities to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year! With the Nutcracker Ballet, Winter Garden-a-Glow, A Charlie Brown Christmas, and the new ice-skating rink on The Grove Plaza, Glide on Grove– the Treasure Valley is the perfect place to spend the holidays!


Boise Holiday Parade

Celebrate the joy of the season in glittering fashion with the beloved holiday classic, the Nutcracker, or spread the holiday cheer at the ultimate Boise Santa Bar Crawl! 

New Year’s

Idaho Potato Drop

Whether you’re counting down the seconds with friends and family, watching fireworks light up the sky, or simply savoring a quiet moment of introspection, celebrating New Year’s in 2023 offers an opportunity for collective joy and community experiences.

From Idaho’s signature holiday event, The Idaho Potato Drop, with live music and an Urban Air exhibition, to enjoying a jam session brought to you by Grateful, the popular Grateful Dead tribute band– Boise offers a memorable line-up of events! 


Zoo Boise

Just because the temperatures have dropped doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a day at Zoo Boise! Or, if you prefer to stay inside, walk among the dinosaurs at the Jurassic Quest!

Stay Active

Treasure Valley Family YMCA

Walk, trot, dash, prance, or ramble at the Star Riverhouse for the SW Idaho Business Alliance Reindeer Ramble!

Festivals & Events

Football and potatoes! The Famous Idaho Potato Bowl is the longest-running cold-weather bowl game in college football.  It has hosted 28 different universities and has seen 21 first-round NFL Draft picks come through.  The Famous Idaho Potato Bowl is a celebration of the spirit of winter in the beautiful Idaho mountains!

Arts & Music

Boise State Music Department

Celebrate the magic of the holiday season with a night of festive music at the Boise Philharmonic at the Morrison Center. 

In the spirit of Christmas, help kids at the Toys for Tots Fundraiser! The Riverside’s annual night of fun, food and drinks, and above all making a difference in the lives of children in need. 

December truly shines as a month filled with experiences, a deep sense of community spirit, and the joy of the season. Immerse yourself in the glowing holiday lights, indulge in the local delicacies at festive markets, or explore the breathtaking winter landscapes. As you bid farewell to 2023 and welcome 2024, there are adventures to experience and lifelong memories to be made!

“December, being the last month of the year, cannot help but make us think of what is to come.” — Fennel Hudson

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