It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Boise! The air is cold and crisp, snow is falling and holiday lights shimmer on rooftops as far as the eye can see.
Looking at the holiday lights has become a winter tradition for many families across the states. There is just something magical and exciting about them. It is neat to see the creativity and dedication put into some of the displays. But, where are the best displays of holiday lights?
These are my top five picks for the best holiday lights in Boise:
1. The Idaho Botanical Gardens – Winter Gardens aGlow
This year is the gardens 19th annual Winter Garden aGlow event. Head over and see their dazzling display of over 300,000 sparkling lights. Special guests Santa and his reindeer Prancer will visit from the North Pole every weekend and until Christmas as well as December 22 and 23rd. Visits with Santa are free with admission, and photos are available for an additional cost. On select night the Holiday Express, a G-scale model train, will wind its way through the glowing winter wonderland and local choirs will fill the air with music.
The event is running from now until January 3, 2016. Gates for the event open at 6 p.m. and last admissions are at 8:45 p.m. The gardens are open on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day. Open rain, shine, or snow.
Price: Adults $8, Youth (ages 5-12) $4, Children (4 and younger) free, Garden Members $4
Friday and Saturday Prices: Adults $10, Youth (ages 5-12) $6, Children (4 and younger) free, Garden Members $6
2. The Cadger Christmas Light Show
Drive by the Cadger family home on a cold December night and the bright lights and sounds of Christmas are usually hard to miss. They host a Christmas Light show synchronized to Dubstep and Christmas Music. They have such a fun and creative display that they were even featured on this years “Great Christmas Fight” show on ABC and has been mentioned on local news stations.
The lights dance and flicker along with synchronized dubstep music viewers can listen to on 91.3 FM. The family’s display, at 223 East Cornell Drive in the Sundance Subdivision near Meridian and Ustick Road, can be seen Friday and Saturday nights from 6:00-11:00 p.m. and on Sunday nights from 6:00 to 9:30 p.m. They ask that you please respect their neighbors and avoid blocking driveways.
3. Winter Nights Christmas Lights Bus Tour
This is holiday light viewing with a twist. The Winter Nights Christmas Lights Tour highlights the festive homes of Boise, historic neighborhoods, and Boise landmarks that can’t be missed. You just hop on one of the premium coaches and take in all the sights, lights and cheer of the holiday season.
They are happy to customize any tour for your family gathering, company party or corporate event. All ages are welcome. Every tour is supplied with ice, cups, bottled water and candy canes. Feel free to bring any beverages you would like on the bus. There are multiple routes and destinations and the guides are happy to provide ideas and recommendations to create a unique holiday experience for you and your guests.
Tours are available on a first come, first served basis, so book early. Tour Length: 2, 3, and 4 hour tours are available daily, subject to fleet availability. Email [email protected] for all currently available dates and pricing.
4. Boise Trolley Tours
This holiday light tour is now open nightly until December 24th. For times specific to each day you should check their webpage. All tours leave from the Evergreen Business Mall (in the Library Plaza corner of Cole & Ustick Rds.) The Ms. Molly Trolley is an open- air, vintage trolley that will be decorated for the festivities. Dress warm for the occasion! They play great classic holiday music and offer hot beverages for purchase for you to bring on board.
5. Caldwell’s Indian Creek Lights
Though not exactly in Boise, these lights are worth viewing. This year, 750,000 LED lights make up the city’s Winter Wonderland display along Indian Creek. Along with the many strings of lights that take months to set up, lighted sculptures and a tree are also on display. If you’d like to check out all the lights, they’ll be turned on each night through January 15.