December is an exciting time. There are so many activities that a person can participate in. Not only does the Winter Garden aGlow at the Botanical Gardens continue, but it is now joined by other beautiful holiday displays. As the season wears on there will be more holiday displays to enjoy and more activities to revel in, such as holiday bazaars and markets, chances to meet Santa, and fundraisers to support.
Saturday, December 1, 2018 – Wednesday, January 9, 2019: Showcase Limousine, W 38th Street , Garden City , Idaho
Have you ever wondered where the best holiday lights displays are? Well, Showcase Limousine knows. They have mapped them all out and will take you around the valley on a one and half hour tour. The package includes a driver adorned with a Santa hat, a red carpet entry, cheerful holiday music, and enough treats to please any sweet tooth. This can all be enjoyed while viewing a cozy fire burning in a virtual fireplace.
Every Saturday throughout the month of December: Downtown Boise at 6th and Main in The Historic Pioneer Bldg., Basement Level. (Below Jimmy Johns)
10 am – 4 pm
This FREE event is sure to excite any train enthusiast. You will be thrilled by this unique display of model trains zooming along the tracks, around picturesque mountain scenes and towns. On display will be models of different types of trains, such as freight, diesel, and a special Christmas train. Hidden among the scenery will be figures of notable people, and activities for the patient observers to find. This event is free to the public but donations are always welcome.
Saturday, December 8, 2018: 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm Doors open at 6:00 pm
Visual Arts Collective, 3640 Osage St, GARDEN CITY, Idaho: Advanced purchase tickets are $15. $20 if purchased at the door.
Audio Lab Recording Studios and the Women’s and Children’s Alliance have gathered together some of Idaho’s best performers for an amazing night of entertainment. This 21 and older concert is in support of the Women’s and Children’s Alliance to help provide a place of safety, healing, and freedom for all those who are victims of domestic abuse and sexual assault. Come enjoy the talents of Eilen Jewell, Audio Moonshine, Ashley Rose, and a.k.a Belle, to name just a few of the incredible artists who will grace the stage that night. Don’t miss out on this one of a kind holiday show.
December 13, 14, and 15, 2018 performances at 7:30 pm: Matinees performed on December 15 at 2 pm, December 16 at 12 pm and 4 pm.
Velma V. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts: 2201 W Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, ID 83725
This breathtaking ballet will for sure be the highlight of your holiday season. Joined by the Boise Philharmonic, the Idaho Ballet will bring to life this beloved holiday story. Over 100 children from the Ballet Idaho Academy will help portray the story of Clara and the nutcracker, turned handsome prince, on their delightful adventures.
Thursday, December 13, 2018: 6:30 pm – 8 pm
Sentsy Commons, 5924, 2901 E Pine Ave, Meridian, ID
With 365 trees and 26 miles of lights, this concert promises to be a magical adventure. This is your chance to hear enchanting music performed by choirs from Eagle and Rocky Mountain High Schools. BSU’s Meistersingers will also be there to delight all with their renditions of their favorite holiday songs. Enjoy tasty treats as you meander through the stunning light display. There will be plenty of photo opportunities and don’t forget to checkout the life-sized snow globe in the Sentsy lobby.
Monday, December 24, 2018: 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Playhouse Events & Dinner Theater: 8001 W Fairview Ave, Boise, ID
If you like free entertainment then this is the place to be every Monday night. Laugh it up with your favorite local (and pass through) stand up comedians. If you’ve got an itch to try out being a stand up comedian then come at 7:30pm to sign up. The parking is free and so are the laughs. The only cost is the two item minimum.
Sunday, December 30, 2018: 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Kuna United Methodist Church, 200 W 4th Street, Kuna, ID
The fine members of the Kuna United Methodist Church endeavor to feed the mind, body and spirit of all people. Come enjoy a hot meal complete with drink, dessert and wonderful company.
The joys of the holidays are plentiful and are all around. May you bump into those joys at every corner you turn. Happy Holidays.
Whether you like music, dance, great food, holiday fun or amazing architecture, there is going to be something awesome for you to enjoy this December. Even though the snow is falling, and most Treasure Valley residents and visitors are heading up to Bogus Basin, there are still plenty of things to do down here in town. Here are some activities that are sure to make December 2017 quite unforgettable.
A Christmas Story, Boise Little Theater, 100 E Fort St, Boise ID
Nov 24 – Dec 9 (Times Vary)
This favorite holiday movie has been acted live in theaters all over the country. Set in the Midwest in the 1940’s, It follows the exploits of Ralphie Parker and his quest for his perfect Christmas gift a “Red Ryder air rifle” (frequently met with the response, “you’ll shoot your eye out!). It includes all the elements of the movie, with Ralphie dodging bully Scut Farkus, the wet tongue on the lamppost, and trying to make it to Christmas day with glasses intact.
Dec 3rd, 7:30 PM, Morrison Center
If you have ever watched the Price is Right and thought, ‘hey, I would love to do that!’ then you are in luck because the well-beloved day-time television show is coming to Boise! That is right, on December 3rd at the Morrison Center you can join in the audience, and possibly be picked as a contestant, on the game show that has entranced people for years.
Tickets are on sale now on the Morrison Center’s website (link in the section heading), but you better hurry, they are going fast. Tickets range in price from $37.50 to $57.50 (Estimated figures only).
Dec 15th to 17th, Times Vary by Day, Morrison Center
There are few music and dance combinations as thrilling and timeless as Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s classic ‘The Nutcracker”. It will be performed at the Morrison Center for 3 days in mid-December. So, before this amazing opportunity passes you by, be sure to join Ballet Idaho for this incredible experience.
Tickets for this amazing cultural event range from roughly $30 to $60 or so (these are estimates, please check Ballet Idaho’s website for current prices as they may change).
Dec 21st, 7:30 PM, Morrison Center
If you are into neoclassical new-age music, then you are going to really like Mannheim Steamroller. This American group has been wowing audiences for over 30 years with their rock infused classical music. This group is a wonderful group that offers some of the most amazing holiday and classical music next to the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. If you are looking for a fun concert to go to this month, then this is one you ought not to miss. Check out their website for more information.
Dec 22nd, 2:00 PM, Albertson’s Stadium
Treasure Valley football fans big and small are going to have a great time on the night of December 22nd. Here at the Boise State Bronco’s own turf, one team from the Mountain West Conference will face off against a team from the Mid-American Conference. It is an awesome chance to get up into those bleachers to watch two teams battle it out on our beloved blue field for the rest of the country to see.
Tickets are on sale now so be sure to get them soon before all the great seats are gone.
Dec 31st, 1:00 PM to 1:00 AM
he Idaho Potato Drop is a yearly tradition where Idaho’s most enduring symbol (the potato) is dropped like the ball in Time Square. However, leading up to the ringing in of the new year is one of the Treasure Valley’s most exciting public parties of the year. In the twelve hours the party rages, there will be awesome music from local bands and musicians, great food, and even some adult beverages. Not to mention, there is plenty of volunteer opportunities and the chance to usher in the new year with the rest of the Treasure Valley.
Make sure that you also take a moment to come back here next year as we outline some of the awesome things that 2018 has in store for you!