As the holiday season unfolds, there’s no better way to embrace the festive spirit than to journey through the Treasure Valley’s magical Christmas light displays. Step away from the hustle and bustle to enjoy places like Winter Wonderland, Shindig Farm, or the Garden aGlow.
Check in advance for ticketing information.
The botanical garden is transformed into a twinkling winter wonderland. 600,000 lights are gracefully strung across the garden landscape. You will find Santa’s cottage display and enjoy shopping at the local artist’s stocking stuffer station– everything you could want and more for a memorable evening under the lights!
Santa will make an appearance for pictures, so check the calendar before you go!
One of the biggest and brightest light displays in Idaho! Located in the heart of Meridian, the Scentsy Commons is a vibrant display of lights, free for anyone to experience! In addition to lighting up more than 450 trees, Scentsy also features a 250 ft long lighted tunnel.
Indian Creek Plaza, located in downtown Caldwell, brings winter to life with over one million lights. Grab a cup of hot chocolate and wander through a spectacular glowing exhibit!
When it’s too cold outside, head to the Expo Idaho and drive through millions of lights perfectly synchronized to holiday music you’ll hear right through your radio. Drive by giant candy canes, snowmen, arched pathways, and more! This event does require you to buy tickets in advance, but it is well worth it, and a portion of the proceeds benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Combine everything you love about the autumn pumpkin patches and corn mazes with Christmas, and you get Shindig Farms. This lighted labyrinth is so fun to explore. After you have solved the maze, enjoy a host of other activities such as a horse-drawn carriage ride, zip lining through the lights, riding the mechanical bull, or shopping for a live Christmas tree.
The shopping experience at the Village at Meridian always feels a little more special when the streets and shops glow with holiday lights and decor. Make sure to stop by the fountain in the center of the outdoor mall every hour, on the hour, to witness a beautiful water show synchronized to a classic Christmas tune.
Boise Christmas Lights
North Boise/ Garden City
“Christmas light show for all to enjoy. We look forward to this time of year. Our light show has grown again, so please come and enjoy it. We are looking to have over 14,000 lights in our display this year. Tune your radio to 97.3 and listen to some of your favorite songs with lights. Also, join us at lightson11th.com; you will see our playlist and be able to choose your song to play. Stay to the right of the road as your head up allows room for cars to pass each direction.”
“My dad used to own this home, and we’ve been trying to keep up with what he used to do each holiday season to make it a special tradition.”
Central Boise/ Bench
“The entire Bayhill Springs neighborhood in Boise is all decorated for the season! A group of neighbors are working together to run a food drive from December 8th to 26th this year and are hoping to spread the word. The Idaho Food Bank will have 6-8 collection boxes during that time!”
“A lot of lights and blow-ups to enjoy. There are curtain lights above the fence displaying different pictures and animations every five minutes. We also have Christmas music playing. You can get out of your car and walk along the sidewalk for a closer look. Lights will stay on until 11:30 pm.”
East Boise/ Harris Ranch
“18,000 lights of awesomeness, and they are frosted. Lights will remain up until after New Year’s!”
“Johnson Family Christmas Display for 2023. Long-held traditions of a full incandescent light display. Lights turn on daily at dusk until 10:00 pm.”
“Over 100 figures including a greeting from our Family characters, Santa’s workshop, Disney characters, Nativity scenes and over a dozen Christmas Trees and lights.”
“Fun music display of LED lights synced to a weekly rotating 5 songs. Changes to new songs on 105.3 FM on Sundays.”
“Milo Farms presents the Christmas Light Show. The show will run from dusk to 10 pm daily. Tune your car radio to 91.1 FM to enjoy the music. The show features three houses with lights synced to music, inflatables, and even Santa landing his sleigh on the roof. Keep an eye out in case Santa is waving from the window. Please enjoy from the comfort of your car and do not enter the yards. When leaving, please be courteous of neighbors and loop around the block to exit.”
“The display features arches to walk under, many large lighted items from snowmen to Santa, a full Nativity, elves, penguins, etc. The house it wrapped with lights all the way around, including to the porch, so that folks and kiddos can “interact” with the animatronic 6’ Santa. We are on a corner lot, and the display encompasses the entire front and side yards. Visitors may drive by or park on the side street and walk through the lighted archways with hanging snowflakes.”
“A new musical light show in Copper Basin running from dusk till 9 pm. Roll down your windows to hear the music on 87.9.
Donations can be made on Venmo (https://venmo.com/u/palito). A portion of proceeds will go to the Family Advocates program, serving foster children across Treasure Valley.”
“Display is synced to music through 88.3 FM station. Features include many lights, Santa, Snowmen, reindeer with Santa and sleigh, and a tribute to a special young lady that had touched many people’s lives before her passing.”
“An animated light display with various types of music. You can even select which song you would like to play next by going to our website at HarrisChristmas.com and select the Choose Your Song button.”
Fri/Sat Dusk to 11:00 pm, Sun-Thur Dusk to 10:00 pm.
The holiday spirit truly comes alive through the mesmerizing Christmas light displays and the festive neighborhoods in and around the Treasure Valley. It’s a time when communities come together to celebrate, share, and create lifelong memories. Hopefully, their holiday spirit has inspired you to bundle up and enjoy the magic and wonder of the holiday season!
You can find a more detailed Christmas light list at Boise Christmas Lights!