One of the things I, and pretty much everybody I talk with who lives in and around Boise, love about living here is the sense of community and generosity of the people. Year-round, people get involved, donating their time and treasure, to the many wonderful non-profit groups and do what they can to help those less fortunate thrive. That is most obvious around the holidays.

There are so many ways to offer help, whether it be serving holidays meals to the homeless through the Boise Rescue Mission or buying gifts from hanging wish tags on a downtown tree for moms and children who are sheltered at the Women’s and Children’s Alliance. And, what I have found is that once a family engages together to help people, it feels so good that it becomes something they all look forward to doing together each year — and a family tradition is born.

In addition, to helping others during the holidays, families can continue or begin new traditions that may carry on for generations. Some of the events, such as the Holiday Parade, Saint Alphonsus’ Festival of Trees, and The Grove and State Capitol tree lightings have already occurred. But, there is still plenty of time to take in some other of our favorite holiday events.

A must see is the Idaho Botanical Gardens, Winter Garden Aglow. It features a display of more than 300,000 sparkling lights with special visits from Santa and his reindeer Prancer and local choirs, visitors can also enjoy cocoa, cider and cookies. Open 6-9 pm daily through Jan. 1.
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Another steadfast holiday event is Ballet Idaho’s annual production of The Nutcracker.  Shows are performed at the beautiful Morrison Center and run evening and matinee times from Dec. 15-17.  Then, take in another holiday favorite at Morrison Center with the sounds of Mannheim Steamroller.
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If you feel like being a little more active, take part in the Downtown Boise YMCA Christmas Run on Dec. 23. There’s something for the whole family to enjoy as participants dress up in holiday costumes and are encouraged to walk, jog or run!
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Those are just a few of our favorites, however, there is much more to do. Check out these links to find more information about Treasure Valley holiday events!

And remember this is a great time to list or buy a home. Please call us – our team of professionals at Templeton Real Estate Group are here to help if we can be of service 208.473.2203! Happy Holidays!


By Bonnie Way Snider, Licensed Realtor© and Blogger