Decorated evergreen trees have been a staple of the holiday season for centuries. Propped up in living rooms, boughs laden with glowing orbs, the trees are a symbol of the holiday spirit.
Visitors are invited to take in the annual St. Alphonsus Festival of Trees beginning with a gala Tuesday, Nov. 20 at Boise Centre, followed by a full schedule of daily events.
For nearly 30 years the festival has dazzled Boiseans with its annual display: rows of trees furnished with every decoration imaginable that complement a host of holiday events. Visitors are invited to stroll through the display, and families can visit the North Pole Village to meet Santa Claus and his elves and create a Christmas card.
Santa is also be available for visits and photos with children during the five-day event. On Family Day, Saturday, Nov. 24, families can bring a toy donation for the Salvation Army and receive $1 off adult admission.
A holiday celebration would be remiss if it didn't include a tree-lighting celebration, which takes place Nov. 24 from 5-7 p.m. Boise Mayor Dave Bieter and his family join visitors in Grove Plaza for caroling and candle lighting.
Last year the event raised more than $400,000 for St. Al's Women's Wellness Mobile Clinic. This year, proceeds support the expansion of the hospital's Boise Emergency Department. Visit the website for specific event details.