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How to have that “Holly Jolly Christmas” everyone’s talking about

Patrick Sweeney / The Arbiter

Get into the Holiday Spirit

Christmas Holiday Classics

The Egyptian Theater will be showing holiday classics for $9 a ticket to see on the big screen. Who doesn’t enjoy A Christmas Story or The Nightmare Before Christmas? Here’s the catch, you have to go online, buy a ticket, and hope enough other people have purchased a ticket to make the movie “tip” so the theater will screen it. Don’t worry, your card won’t be charged until the movie tips.
Visit to purchase a ticket and for more information on how to make a movie tip.

Winter Garden A Glow Idaho at the Botanical Garden

Enjoy the 16th annual holiday display of nearly 270,000 twinkling lights while overlooking downtown Boise from the upper garden. Sip hot chocolate, munch on gooey cookies and keep your eyes open for Santa Claus and his reindeer.

Now through January 10, 6-9 p.m.
Non-member adult- $8
Member Adult – $4

Winter Mini Tour at Old Chicago

Endless papers, projects and finals making you pull your hair and claw your eyes out? You may need a break from tedious studying. Now through Dec. 31, take the tour of the ten seasonal beers and get a limited edition tour t-shirt. Need a break from finals and a t-shirt for enjoying seasonal beers?
Sounds like you may have just found your new study place.

Christmas Run

Looking for a way to work off the sugar cookies, apple pies and scrumptious baked holiday goods? The Christmas Run and Walk 2.5 mile run/walk and 6.1 mile is a great way to be active during the holiday season and a fun way to kick off the holiday break.
Grab a group of friends for a discount on sign up prices and deck out in Christmas gear to win best costume as prizes will be awarded at the after party. Bring your new or used shoes to donate to families in need.

Saturday Dec. 22nd, Race starts at 10 a.m.
For more information and to register visit
18 and older: $30 by Dec. 17
Make a team: $25 registration per individual by Dec. 14

Inexpensive ways to enjoy the holidays

Ugly sweater, cookie decorating and enjoying Christmas Lights with a white elephant extravaganza

Find the ugliest sweater known to mankind and have each friend bring an ingredient to make cookies as well as a gift under $10 to use during the White Elephant gift exchange.
Include Bing Crosby, the Chipmunks, Nat King Cole and Elvis for some classic holiday Christmas tunes while you hold a best cookie decorating contest. Follow it up with a White Elephant Gift exchange then grab your thermos of hot chocolate topped with mini marshmallows and have everyone buckle up and take a trip out to find the best holiday Christmas light displays.
Voila! Christmas at its finest all wrapped up into one evening extraordinaire.

Holiday Farmer’s Market

Stroll along 8th Street from Bannock to Main, the Grove Plaza, and Idaho Street from Capitol to 9th Street.The Saturday morning market goes holiday style with fresh local winter produce, Idaho foods and wines, fresh northwest cranberries, holiday wreaths and florals and homemade gifts and stocking stuffers. While you’re downtown, enjoy the Winter Window Gallery Stroll with holiday artwork by local artists.

Saturdays through Dec 22, 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

People watch with Sparky at Boise Towne Square Mall

Not quite feeling the Christmas Spirit yet? Grab a cup of hot chocolate, take a seat on one of the benches by Santa and Mrs. Claus and enjoy a different kind of people watching experience. Little kids will light up as they visit the authentic Santa from the North Pole and tell them what they want for Christmas.
It’s enough to melt your heart and possibly bring back that holiday thrill as you remember how you felt back when you were that age and asking Santa for a life size Barbie or remote control Corvette.

Bring along Fido for a picture with Old. St. Nick Monday, Dec. 17 from 6-9 p.m. Santa asks that you only bring cats and dogs and keep them on a leash or in a cage please.

Ways to give back over the holidays

Boise Rescue Mission

Help set up Christmas banquets, serve warm food, provide winter clothing, hand out toys and set up a temporary holiday “store” where parents staying in the Boise Rescue Mission can shop for presents to give to their children on Christmas. T he event takes place throughout the month of December at a variety of places in the Treasure Valley including the Boys and Girls Club, City of Lights Home for Women and Children, Boise Rescue Mission Ministry Center and River of Life Rescue Mission.

Visit to sign up as a volunteer or for more information.

Toys for Tots

You remember being a child and having that one thing on your Christmas List you would have been heartbroken to not have found under the tree on Christmas morning? Help provide a child with the gift that will make their eyes light up and restore their faith in Santa for another year.

Visit for information on which toys are needed as well as locations.

Salvation Army

What are you really going to do with all your pocket change? Most likely find it in between the cushions on your couch or at the bottom of your purse. Why not drop it in the Salvation Army red donation bucket the next time you see a bell ringer outside the grocery store or Boise Towne Square Mall? And while you’re at it, give the volunteer bell ringer a smile and wish them Happy Holidays!

Great Polar Bear Challenge

Ski, wakeboard, or simply plunge into the icy waters of Lucky Peak to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation as they grant over 90 children’s wishes who are fighting against life-threatening medical conditions. Prizes will be awarded to the top three individuals who raise the most money. Heated tents, coffee, hot cocoa and donuts will be provided so you may want to start your “healthy” New Year’s Resolutions  on Jan. 2 instead.

Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013 at Spring Shores at Lucky Peak. Check-in is 10 a.m.
To register visit www.polarbearchallenge.