If you need proof the holidays are right around the corner, look no further than the City of Boise Special Events Coordination Committee's agenda
for its Wednesday, Oct. 28 session. The Special Events Team will review applications for a number of high-profile holiday events, including the Boise Holiday Parade, a Pray for Snow Winter Ale Fest, a separate Pray for Snow Block Party, the Holiday Tree Lighting and, of course, the New Year's Eve Idaho Potato Drop.
Organizers of the more-than-65-year-old Holiday Parade
are planning to send marching bands, floats and Santa Claus parading through downtown on Saturday, Nov. 21. Also planned for Nov. 21 is the Third Annual Pray for Snow Winter Ale Fest, a "celebration to promote and showcase Old Boise Downtown, local and Northwest breweries, and the ski and snowboard community," at Sixth and Grove streets. The separate annual Pray for Snow Block Party is set for Saturday, Dec. 5 at 10 Barrel Brewing Co. to celebrate the release of 10 Barrel's Pray for Snow seasonal winter ale.
The annual holiday tree lighting is planned for Saturday, Nov. 28 at the Grove Plaza as usual, but organizers of the Idaho Potato Drop are shifting the annual New Year's Eve proceedings away from the Grove Plaza because of the City Center Plaza construction project. This year, the giant potato will be dropped from a crane positioned in front of the Idaho Capitol. A performance stage and beer garden will be set up in Capitol Park, and organizers hope to have a whole host of food trucks parked along Bannock Street throughout the evening. According to their application, IDP organizers expect around 20,000 people to attend the annual New Year's Eve bash.