Whether you are visiting for the first time, reconnecting with family or friends, or are a long time Idahoan, nothing says ‘holidays’ like twinkling light displays. Gather your loved ones and check out these favorites.
Winter Spirit, Lewiston
Ignite the holidays with Winter Spirit! The community lights up with interactive displays and dancing trees in Locomotive Park. A large gas fireplace warms visitors and children are fascinated by the pageant of colors. Holiday tradition that uses over a half million lights making Locomotive Park a spectacular site to visit. Enjoy Winter Spirit through January 3.
Winter Wonderland, Caldwell
Downtown Caldwell’s Indian Creek is illuminated with 500,000 lights. Bridges that span the creek, railings, lamp posts, trees and character displays are covered with twinkling lights. This event brings families and visitors from all over to enjoy the beauty and celebrate the season. Don’t miss the Treasure Valley Night Light Parade on December 7, with over two miles of brightly lit floats!
Winter Garden aGlow, Boise
You’ve seen the gardens in bloom in summer, but have you seen one glow in the winter? Explore the Idaho Botanical Garden under the dazzling array of more than 308,000 lights. Shop the Holiday Garden Gift Store and warm your hands alongside crackling fire barrels while live choirs fill the air with holiday music. Visit Santa and view the Holiday Express train display.
Coeur d’Alene Holiday Lights Show, Coeur d’Alene
Bring the family to see the Coeur d’Alene Resort Holiday Light Show, a wonderland of over 1.5 million lights and the largest on-the-water holiday light display in America. The “Journey to the North Pole” Lake Cruise visits Santa’s North Pole Toy Workshop where one of the world’s tallest Christmas trees awaits, towering and twinkling in the evening sky.
Boise Shuttle Holiday Lights Tours, Boise
Take an old fashioned trolley excursions into Boise’s most elaborately decorated neighborhoods. The hour-long tours have been a favorite family tradition since 1991. Scheduled tour dates are December 13, 14, 20 and 21. Tickets are $14.00 for adults and $7.00 for children and can be purchased by calling 208-342-1900.
Winter Wonderland Festival, Sun Valley
The lights turn on December 1st signaling a month filled with festivities. Stroll through Sun Valley Village enjoying the sparkling lights, window decorations and snow sculptures.
The Thunder Mountain Line’s Santa Express offers something a bit different. Departing from Horseshoe Bend, ride the rails to Santa’s Village in festively decorated cars while enjoying Christmas music and visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus. In the Village, take pictures with Santa, visit the Candy Cane House and stroll through the Magic Forest to decorate trees with carrot ornaments for Santa’s reindeer.