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 500,000 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! Learn more by visiting their website.

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  • Claus ‘N’ Paws

There’s nothing like celebrating the Christmas season with some of the coolest animals on the planet. That’s why the Boise Zoo is hosting the Claus ‘N’ Paws event on Saturday, December 7th. This free event features holiday arts and crafts, face painting, photos with Santa Claus, and you’ll get to watch the animals open their Christmas gifts! It’s going to be a wild time, so check out their event page 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 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on 8th St. and Idaho St. Click here to find out more information about this farmer’s market on their website.

  • 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 21st. Find them on the corner of 9th and Bannock. Visit their website to find out more.

  • 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 4th: White Christmas
  • December 7th: A Muppet Christmas Carol
  • December 12th: A Christmas Story
  • December 14th: Home Alone
  • December 17th: It’s a Wonderful Life
  • December 20th: Christmas Vacation

Check out their website for movie times and more showings!