Rock Can Roll • Traditional Treats • Creative Production • Figure 8s • Lights, Jazz Choir and Fire 

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Rock Can Roll

During the holiday season, the battle against hunger kicks into overdrive. The mere thought of families without food makes many groups, from charitable organizations to regular community members, jump into action to contribute to the cause.

In that spirit, the Bouquet is hosting four bands that will play at a food drive benefiting the Idaho Foodbank. Pay the small cover at the door, or get straight to the point by bringing three cans of food. The need is great, so don't limit the contribution to the cover. Haul in as many cans or nonperishable food items as your arms can carry. The bands lending their musical talents to the cause are Frantik, XEX, Black Tooth Grin and Question Authority.

7 p.m. until 10:30 p.m., The Bouquet, 1010 W. Main St., Boise, 208-376-6179.

Traditional Treats

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Dancers from Ballet Idaho are gearing up in tutus, leotards and ballet shoes for their performance of The Nutcracker at the Morrison Center. This year, the annual tradition includes over 150 local dance students. Also joining the cast of little mice, angels and dragons are the Capital City Children's Chorus and Opera Idaho's Children's Chorus. Musicians and their polished instruments from the Boise Philharmonic will add to the magic of the story by accompanying the production with the live orchestra.

If taking in this performance is on your list of things to do, hurry and purchase tickets. The 2 p.m. performance on December 15 is selling single tickets only, and the afternoon performance on December 16 is already sold out.

8 p.m., Dec. 14; 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., Dec. 15, $19-$45, Morrison Center for Performing Arts, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, BalletIdaho.org.

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Creative Production

Hyde Park is all dolled up for the holiday season. Now is the time of year in the North End to pop in on area merchants and become a patron of the local art scene. During the Hyde Park Art Crawl, merchants host different artists and their work so that the public can purchase unique holiday gifts in multiple-stop shopping.

The popular art event in the North End features 20 or so local artists and artisans. The distinctive feature of this art festival is the local flair and cooperative partnerships. Pottery, painting, jewelry and many other art forms are available for sale in a welcoming atmosphere that evokes the spirit of the Hyde Park neighborhood.

4 p.m. to 8 p.m., FREE, Hyde Park, 13th St., Boise, NorthEnd.org.

Figure 8s

The rink at Idaho IceWorld will come alive with special holiday lighting and music of the season at the Holiday Festival on Ice. The show features competitive ice skaters in colorful costumes, ranging in ages from 4 years old up to age 60, from the Boise Figure Skating Club and featuring Boise Parks and Recreation Learn to Skate students.

The program follows the story of a storm at Santa's workshop that prompts the jolly one to throw a party for his cooped-up elves. Skaters will dance on ice to an array of genres ranging from country and rap to swing, with costumes to match the music. Santa Claus will strap on a pair of ice skates to greet the crowd and hand out candy canes during intermission.

The cost of admission comes with a program and, as an added bonus, a photographer and cinematographer will be on site with opportunities to purchase shots from the performance. Organizers suggest that tickets be purchased in advance because the show tends to sell out quickly.

3 p.m. and 6 p.m., general, $3 adults; $1, children, Idaho IceWorld, 7072 S. Eisenman Rd., IdahoIceWorld.com, 208-331-0044.

Lights, Jazz Choir and Fire

More than 250,000 sparkling holiday lights make the Idaho Botanical Gardens glow with holiday splendor. The lights are expertly placed about the gardens, illuminating the grounds at every turn. The artistically strewn display can be seen for miles from the right vantage points. Even the lights of downtown Boise can be seen from the upper garden. This spectacle has been open since the start of the holiday season, but what makes this day even more special is the appearance of Santa and one of his reindeer. Entertainment is provided by the East Jr. High Mad Jazz Choir singing holiday favorites throughout the garden. Cocoa, cider and cookies are available for a small donation. And to keep everyone warm and cozy, fire barrels will be set up to heat cold faces and fingers.

6 to 9 p.m., $6, adults; $4, members and children 4-12, Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiary Rd., Boise, IdahoBotanicalGarden.org, 208-343-8649.

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