Getting Festive in Boise

Happy December! Last week, the week of Thanksgiving, is my favorite week of the whole year. I love the Thanksgiving meal prep, eating said meal, and time spent with friends and family. That week is a favorite also because it kicks off the Holiday festivities. And now that it is just 25 days til Christmas, we are REALLY in the festive mood!

Some of my favorite activities we enjoyed last week were seeing the Festival of Trees, getting holiday greenery at Edwards Greenhouse, walking through the Winter Garden aGlow, and watching the Downtown Boise Association Tree Lighting on The Grove Plaza. Thankfully, only a few of those events are limited runs- the rest we can partake in over and over again throughout the season!

Festival of Trees

The Festival of Trees is only during the week of Thanksgiving starting with the annual Gala and ending with a Fashion Show the following Monday. It’s a great way to start the season, all while supporting a good cause, one of the local hospitals.Holidays in Boise, boise travel, things to do in Boise, festival of Trees

Edwards Greenhouse

Edwards is my favorite greenhouses in town, and they do Christmas up real big! Their poinsettias are beautiful, and we went the day before their annual Open House, so we missed the crowds but saw all the great greenery. That also meant we missed seeing Santa, but he will be there for photos on December 9th from 11am-1pm, so maybe we will catch him then. Lucy didn’t mind missing Santa, though- the koi pond was plenty of a highlight! Holidays in Boise, boise travel, things to do in Boise, Edwards Greenhouse

Idaho Botanical Garden Winter Garden aGlow

The Botanical Gardens are so fun this time of year because they have thousands of twinkling lights covering the grounds. Thanksgiving day was their opening and it happened to be in the 60s here so we took advantage of the nice weather and went! Lucy did enjoy the evening until we decided to take a family photo, of course! The event runs through January 1, 2018 and it’s a must see!Holidays in Boise, boise travel, things to do in Boise, Idaho Botanical Garden, Winter Garden aGlow

The Grove Plaza Christmas Tree Lighting

The Downtown Boise Christmas tree stands in the center of The Grove Plaza. The Lighting always takes place the day after Thanksgiving, and it was a packed house this year! The tree lighting seems to turn the Christmas switch for downtown- it just feels so festive! While the lighting is a one time event, I highly suggest just going for an evening walk downtown to see the tree (and maybe get a carriage ride!) Holidays in Boise, boise travel, things to do in Boise

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Fall Favorites at The Farmstead

Fall is my favorite season and it feels like it flies by in just a blink of an eye.  There are so many fun colors, activities, sights and smells to enjoy during the season.  Just a cool brisk walk boasts a heightened sensory experience with the perfect crisp scent and crunch under your feet.  

One of my absolute favorite Fall activities is the corn maze. We are fortunate to have access to a quite a few options close by!  One is The Farmstead.  There’s a pumpkin patch, petting zoo, lots of games and kid friendly activities, and of course, the corn maze.  Lucy enjoyed playing in the corn kernel “sand box”.  It was so funny to watch her!  She also got a pony ride which was pretty darn cute. 

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Camping Near Ketchum

There is nothing better than camping in the summer. All the effort of prepping and packing the car up is made worth it while you’re cuddled into your sleeping bag in the morning with the brisk air surrounding you. But with kids… That effort is tripled it seems! We had grand plans of camping at least four or five times this season, but this last weekend marked our second trip!  Our first trip, which I blogged about here was so fun but we had the help of three other adults to watch Lou- without that we thought camping would be impossible!  But we braved the unknown and joined some friends of ours for a night of nature.  I was amazed at how much easier this trip was, with Lucy not even 2 months older!  She was happy to explore close by on her own and didn’t stick everything into her mouth. 

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