Wednesday, Nov. 23-Sunday, Nov. 27; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Festival Fashion Show and Luncheon, Monday, Nov. 28, 11 a.m.; $30 family pass, $7 adults, $4 children 3-12 and seniors, FREE children 2 and younger. Separate tickets required for some events. Boise Centre, 850 W. Front St., saintalphonsus.org/festival.
Maybe you remember the wonder you felt looking at your Christmas tree as a child. Or maybe you've never understood the special connection some folks feel to those symbolic evergreens. Whether you're a believer or a skeptic of the spirit of Christmas, the Saint Alphonsus Festival of Trees is something to behold.
Stroll through rows of locally sponsored and decorated trees decked out in glittering lights and every kind of ornament you can imagine. You can also enjoy live music and performances from local dance groups including Irish Dance Idaho, Nejwah's Mid-Eastern Dance Troupe and Ballet Idaho Academy. Students from local schools will also perform, including St. Mary's School Choir, Borah High School Chamber Orchestra and Riverside Honor Choir.
There's plenty for kids to do on Family Day, Saturday, Nov. 26. And if you bring a toy donation for the Salvation Army that day, you'll earn $1 off adult admission. Also on Family Night, don't miss the tree lighting in the Grove Plaza with caroling, candles and more.
But Family Day isn't the only day to bring the kids and get into the spirit. Throughout the festival, kids can enjoy a special breakfast with Santa and participate in an interactive dance program called Holiday Magic Through Dance.
The Festival of Trees has been wowing kids and adults for more than 25 years. With countless holiday activities and even some that aren't directly Christmas-related, like a visit from the Idaho 501s Star Wars costumers on Saturday, it's easy to fill a whole day at the festival. Help brighten your spirits—and the season—with a dose of cheer at the Festival of Trees.