Things to do in Boise in December: 2023 Edition

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Again, another wonderful December is upon us in Boise, ID. The holiday season is in full swing, and there are plenty of exciting things to do in Boise in December.

I’ve always thought December in Boise was such a magical time of year. Aside from the Christmas spirit, there’s also plenty of snow and outdoor activities to do. Whether it’s jumping into skiing near Boise Idaho, or simply just enjoying the snow-covered mountain views, there’s something for everyone in this beautiful city.

This 2023 edition will highlight some of the best things to do in Boise this December, as well as must-see events and activities that you shouldn’t miss out on. So, let’s dive in!

Winter Festivals and Events

Meridian Night Parade 

December 1, 2023, 5 pm-9 pm

Spend the evening at the Hidden Gem Events to stay warm and enjoy some hot cocoa while waiting for the Meridian Night Parade to begin. Here you can judge the gingerbread houses and more! 

Click here for more info.

Boise Holiday Parade

December 2, 2023

This Saturday, December 2nd, the annual Boise Holiday Parade will be making its way through downtown Boise. This festive event starts at 10 am at Downtown Boise 11th and Jefferson. The parade features locally built holiday floats, rad cars, local businesses, school choirs, and even Santa himself.

This year’s theme is “What Christmas Means to Me”, so come and experience the magic of Christmas at this lively parade!

Learn more here.

Treasure Valley Night Light Parade

December 2, 2023

Caldwell Idaho Christmas Lights and things to do

Just when you thought the holiday fun in Boise couldn’t get any better, hold onto your Santa hats because we’ve got more! Don’t even think about calling it a day after the Boise Holiday Parade because, at 6 pm on December 2, 2023, the Treasure Valley Night Light Parade is set to illuminate our evening with a dazzling display of lights and holiday spirit!

Holiday Market

December 4, 2023

Is your Christmas cart still half empty? Why not buy locally-made, sustainable gifts at the holiday market? Happening at Telaya Wine Co, you’ll be able to shop at these local vendors:

  • Adventure Tails
  • Molly’s Mills
  • Artistry AND1
  • Arno Chocolates
  • Temper Natural Soap and Bath
  • and more!

This coming Christmas, let’s support our local businesses while also giving unique and thoughtful gifts to our loved ones.

Downtown Meridian Shop Night

December 5, 2023

Near Boise, Meridian is also holding its own Shop Night downtown! This event will have food, drinks, and even a  special visit from Santa itself!

Take a stroll and even dine at the many local restaurants and shops while enjoying live music, carriage rides, and a festive atmosphere. It’s definitely an event worth checking out!

Idaho State Museum Holiday First Thursday

December 7, 2023

On the first Thursday of every month, the Idaho State Museum offers free admission from 5-9 pm. But this December, they will include the preview of their 3rd annual Winter Wonder Village. They will also be featuring local Idaho Artists and Vendors. This and other events will be happening at 610 Julia Davis Dr., Boise, ID, 83706, so don’t miss out!

For more information, check it out here.

Breakfast with Santa at Zoo Boise

Zoo Boise date ideas Boise

December 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29

If you didn’t know, every Friday this December, Zoo Boise is holding a Breakfast with Santa event! Take your kids and have breakfast with Santa while also enjoying zoo animals. This event includes a hot breakfast buffet, crafts for the children, and exclusive early entry into Zoo Boise!

Be sure to check their activities here!

Winter Wonder Village: Family Night

December 14, 2023, 5:00-8:00 pm, Idaho State Museum, 610 Julia Davis Dr.

If you want to experience something different this December, Winter Wonder Village is a must-see. It’s a family-friendly event that doesn’t just feature the typical Santa and Christmas activities, but your kids can also participate in crafts, carols, and even have cocoa.

There will be winter-themed crafts, including snowflake-making and cookie decorating. And don’t forget to take your kids’ photo with Santa!

Don’t miss it out! Check it here

Christmas Craft Fair

December 16, 2023

Center at the Park – 1920 N Records Way Meridian, Idaho 83646

Another artsy crafty fair to check out this December is the Christmas Craft Fair.  The event will take place at Meridian’s Center at the Park starting at 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. It’s an excellent opportunity to support local artisans while also doing your Christmas shopping.

And of course, Christmas!

If you’re still not sure how you’re going to celebrate Christmas in Boise, I’ve previously written this  How To Spend Christmas In Boise Idaho blog to help you out. It’s got everything from lighting up your home, where to get your Christmas dinner, and even a few more events that you won’t want to miss!  So do check it out.

Outdoor Activities

Skiing and Snowboarding at Bogus Basin

Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area is the perfect place to hit the slopes and enjoy some winter fun. With over 2,600 acres of skiable terrain and multiple chairlifts and runs, this ski area caters to all levels of experience.

Aside from skiing and snowboarding, you can also try out other activities such as tubing, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing.

Ice Skating at the Downtown Boise Glide On Grove Rink

Ice skating at The Village in Meridian

For a more leisurely outdoor activity, head to the downtown Boise Glide on Grove for some ice skating. Located in The Grove Plaza, this rink is open daily during December from 11 am to 9 pm. It’s a great way to enjoy the winter weather while practicing your skating skills. Plus, it’s a great activity for the whole family!

Winter Hiking

Skies and snow

Don’t let the cold weather stop you from enjoying the outdoors. Bundle up and go on a winter hike at one of Boise’s many hiking trails. Just be sure to pack some warm clothing, water, and snacks.

There are other fun-filled activities to do in Idaho this December. Make sure you read about the top things To Do During Winter In Boise Idaho blog section for more winter ideas.

Related Post: Ultimate List of 50 Cool Things To Do In Idaho

Explore the Local Food Scene

Aside from all the festive events and outdoor activities, don’t forget to indulge in some delicious food while in Boise this December. The city has a thriving food scene with various restaurants and food trucks offering a wide range of cuisines.

These and more activities are waiting for you in Boise this December. So why not plan your trip now and make the most out of this winter season? We promise you won’t regret it!  Happy holidays from all of us here at Thrive in Idaho!  Enjoy!

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