Getting into the holiday spirit is the best part of the winter season. Things may be a bit different this year, but Boise still has plenty to offer in terms of holiday spirit! That’s why we’ve compiled the best things to do in Boise during Christmas with your friends and family, so that you can make some new wonderful memories that will last a lifetime.

Things to Do in Boise During Christmas 2021

Make Your Own Neighborhood Christmas Light Display Tour

It’s always fun to jump in the car and accidentally stumble upon amazingly lit neighborhoods, but you’ll probably see more in one night if you know where you’re going. Use is this amazing map that pin points all the best light displays in the Boise area. Click here to map out your Christmas light display route!

Winter Garden aGlow

Out of the many things to do in Boise during Christmas, this activity is perfect for the whole family. With over 500,000 lights, the Winter Garden aGlow brings the Idaho Botanical Gardens to life. Now through January, the Idaho Botanical Gardens also offers delicious holiday snacks and drinks, a Holiday Express model train, and Santa and new attractions like the Treehouse and Enchanted Forest! You don’t want to miss this one! Learn more by visiting their website.

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Image from Boise Convention & Visitors Bureau

Downtown Boise Holiday Tree

One of the most recognizable parts of Christmas in Boise is the city’s Giving Tree. Located in The Grove Plaza, this wonderful Christmas tree serves as not only a beautifully-lit spectacle to enjoy with family, but also to remind us of what the true spirit of the holiday is. As they say, it’s better to give than receive, and this city staple helps make that happen for an important cause.

The Giving Tree is decorated with gift tags. Each of these tags contains a donation wish from the Women’s and Children’s Alliance. So stop by, take a tag or two, and help those in need this Christmas by donating the item on your tag. Visit the Downtown Boise Holiday Tree webpage for more information.

Scentsy Commons Christmas Lights

If bright and plentiful Christmas lights are your thing, then you cannot miss out on this year’s Scentsy Commons Christmas Lights display! They’ve gone all-out to decorate over 450 trees in beautiful holiday lights stretching more than 43 miles. It’s truly a sight to behold!

And back by popular demand this year is the light tunnel pictured below. Not a bad place to grab a picture for your friends, family, or let’s face it, social media followers to enjoy! Be sure to stop by Scentsy Commons in Meridian this season.

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Image from Only in Your State

Holiday Farmer’s Markets

Saturday mornings are for sleeping in, but not during the Boise area’s best holiday farmer’s market. The Capital City Public Market offers the best winter produce, wines and cheeses, holiday desserts, and handmade holiday crafts in Meridian and Boise.

Right now you can check out the Capital City Public Market from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm on 10th St. and Idaho St. Click here to find out more information about this farmer’s market on their website.