Getting into the holiday spirit is the best part of the winter season. We’ve complied 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.

  • 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 (Idaho Botanical Gardens)

Out of the many things to do in Boise during Christmas, this activity is perfect for the whole family. With over 300,000 lights, the Winter Garden aGlow brings the Idaho Botanical Gardens to life. Now through January, the Idaho Botanical Gardens provides hot cocoa, live singing, and fire barrels to keep you warm. You don’t want to miss this one.

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  • Thunder Mountain Line (Horseshoe Bend)

This magical train ride takes you round-trip from Horseshoe Bend to Montour in only an hour and a half. Enjoy a breathtaking trip along the Payette River to really get you into the Christmas spirit. Train rides are available 7 days a week through the month of December. Check out their website for more details.

  • Holiday Farmer’s Markets

Saturday mornings are for sleeping in, but not during the Boise holiday farmer’s market. The Boise Farmer’s Markets offer the best winter produce, wines and cheeses, holiday desserts, and handmade holiday crafts in two Boise locations.

Right now you can check out the Capital City Public Market from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on 8th St. and Jefferson. Click here to find out more information about this farmer’s market on their website.

Then pop on over to the Idaho Linen Supply Warehouse on 8th and Fulton (from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.) where you can shop inside.

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  • Downtown Carriage Rides 

When you need a little break from all the holiday shopping and walking around, the Downtown Carriage Rides are a must. It’s free every Friday and Saturday, now until December 15th. Find them on the corner of 9th and Bannock.

  • Classic Christmas Movie Showings (Egyptian Theatre)

If you’re trying to keep out of the cold, settle down in the warm Egyptian Theatre on 700 W Main Street.

  • December 6th: White Christmas
  • December 8th: A Muppet Christmas Carol
  • December 135th: A Christmas Story
  • December 15th: Home Alone
  • December 19th: It’s a Wonderful Life

Check out their website for movie times and more showings!