The best part about winter in Boise means that the snow isn’t something that’s going to hold you back. Whether you want to get away for a weekend of skiing, or just have an experience in town there is a little something for everyone. Surrounded by multiple ski resorts, Boise is the hub for fun and annual winter events.
In Town Adventures:
Plan a Day at the Village in Meridian - When you’re thinking about doing your holiday shopping or even just want to have a shopping day out, the Village is the perfect destination. With tons of shops and restaurants, you can’t go wrong with planning a day trip to the Village in Meridian. Come Wintertime, the Village is decorated with the best Christmas lights and also hosts a pop-up ice rink for skating!
Winter Garden aGlow - This annual event is hosted at the Idaho Botanical Gardens for over a month. The gardens are decorated and displayed with over 400,000 lights. And if you plan it right, you might even catch Santa Clause making an appearance.
Holiday Farmer’s Markets - Throughout the early months of Winter, Boise Farmers Market puts on an indoor market where you can still get all of the local favorites that you find at the summer market. According to the season, of course, you can get fresh produce and products from all your favorite vendors.
Find Santa in Boise - Around Christmas time, it’s a mission to find Santa and get those holiday pictures with the kiddos or the whole family. Businesses in the area host events and release their schedules of when and where Santa will be.
Downtown Carriage Rides - Something to do for a date night or an evening out with the family. Get pulled around Downtown Boise by a horse-drawn carriage for a memorable evening during Christmas time. The rides are completely free and are first come, first served. Head to Washington Trust Bank in downtown Boise at the corner of 9th and Bannock to secure your seat. Rides will be available on be December 2nd, 3rd, 9th, 10th, 16th, and 17th from 4 - 8 pm.
See a Movie at the Egyptian Theatre - For those extra cold Wintery nights, The Egyptian Theater might be the best option for something to do. You can catch some of the most classic movies of all time. Just check their website for a schedule of movies and times. (https://egyptiantheatre.net/)
Snowshoeing the Star Riverwalk - Running along the Boise River in Star, Idaho, the Star Riverwalk is 1.4 miles point to point and is the perfect route for beginning to moderate snowshoers or really anyone that wants to get outside for a leisure adventure.