Saint Alphonsus Festival of Trees 

There might be snow. There will be Christmas lights for sure, along with snowflake-adorned scarves and hats, trees decorated to within an inch of their lives, eggnog, caroling, kids--either delighted or terrified--whispering their hearts' desires in Santa's ear. Yep, it's that time of year, and regardless of what the holidays mean to you, chances are pretty good that Saint Al's Festival of Trees has got something going on that's right up your alley. The week is jam-packed with various activities that will keep the Boise Centre hopping.

The festival officially begins with the black-tie gala on Tuesday, Nov. 23. Dig the tux out of the back of the closet, put on your dancing shoes and prepare to duke it out for the best-dressed tree as the locally sponsored festival trees go up for bid. Though you should leave the kiddies at home for the gala, the breakfasts with Santa are definitely more kid-friendly, as are the holiday-themed scavenger hunt and the North Pole village. Some consider the tree-lighting ceremony in the Grove the official kickoff to the holiday season and free massages just might help alleviate impending holiday-induced stress. Check out saintalphonsus.org for details. The various events are sponsored by local businesses, and proceeds benefit the Saint Al's Foundation.

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