Thursday, November 25, 2010

Holiday Weekend Happenings

Posted By on Thu, Nov 25, 2010 at 2:00 PM

Here's the thing about long holiday weekends: They're great in theory but when you're faced with a house full of family/guests who are bored to the point of tears and looking to you for answers, the situation can feel a little desperate.

Thankfully, there are plenty of options out there for all interests and ages, all of which will go a long way toward preventing boredom-induced bloodshed.

On Friday, Nov. 26, the Idaho Foodbank's Empty Bowls fundraiser will fill the Grove Plaza with hundreds of Treasure Valley residents willing to fork over $10 in exchange for a handmade bowl and some gourmet soup served up by some of Boise's top restaurants.

Throughout the holiday weekend, the St. Alphonsus Festival of Trees will fill the Boise Centre with an array of unique Christmas Trees (including one made of wine). The weekend is filled with events, so check the schedule for a full listing.

Though Friday is typically a day when you have to feed the parking meter downtown, this Friday, Nov. 26, is free meter day. On-street parking is free while you get a jump on your holiday shopping downtown.

Saturday is full of events, starting with the Holiday Farmers Market scheduled from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. down Eighth Street from Grove Plaza to Bannock Street.

Also Saturday, Boise goes all Christmasy starting at 9:45 a.m. with the Boise Holiday Parade. This year's route begins at the corner of 10th and Jefferson streets and winds down Jefferson to Fourth Street, then swings a right and loops back up Bannock Street to the starting point.

That evening, the City of Boise will be lighting its official Holiday Tree with live music, caroling, food and drinks from 5-7 p.m. in Grove Plaza. While you're there, you can grab a gift-wish tag from the Women's and Children's Alliance Giving Tree, which helps to fulfill the holiday wishes of those in need.

Idaho Botanical Garden's Winter Garden Aglow will kick off during the Thanksgiving weekend, allowing the crowds to tour the gardens decked out in more than 250,000 lights through Sunday, Nov. 28. The garden will reopen for the rest of the holiday season on Friday, Dec. 3.

The Boise N-Scale Model Railroaders will be on hand from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday at the Old Boise Pioneer Building where extensive displays of model railroads will be set up for those feeling a bit nostalgic.

For those kids wanting to make sure Santa has their wish list nice and early, Santa will be in residence from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday in the ballroom at Berryhill and Co. on Ninth Street.

And if, after all that, you still need something to do, find even more events at

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