Festival of Trees 

Downtown gets festive

This year's Boise Holiday Parade marches down a new route, heading east from the corner of Jefferson and 10th streets, turning south onto Fourth Street, then going west on Bannock Street. It's cold out there so pack some hot chocolate and a donation of a new, unwrapped toy for the Salvation Army. The holiday hoopla reignites a few days later when the 2014 Festival of Trees lights up the Boise Centre with a black-tie gala, the Empty Bowls event, a fashion show and, of course, the lavishly decorated trees. What started in 1984 with 14 trees in a Boise warehouse has raised more than $8 million for the Saint Alphonsus Foundation, which helps those in need of health care. Ho, ho, ho. Here we go.

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