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A Heaping Tradition • Break it Down Now • Come All Ye Faithful • New Year's Fun

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25 christmas

A Heaping Tradition

Miracle on Idaho Street, now in its fifth year, is a highlight for more than 800 guests, as well as Old Chicago's staff, many of whom forgo Christmas with their own families to lend a hand at the Boise Rescue Mission holiday feast. Guests and volunteers are usually overwhelmed when they see the dinner tables set in white linen with china and silverware poised ready for a Christmas feast with all the trimmings. The staff focuses their goodwill on families with children, making sure there are plenty of the basics (clothes, coats, school supplies) to go around, but will welcome anyone who signed on with the Boise Rescue Mission to participate. Santa Claus will arrive to listen to the children's wishes and pose for photos. For those with family far away, every one will have the chance to make a long-distance phone call.

Old Chicago Restaurant, 730 W. Idaho St., 208-363-0037.

26 Friday

Break it Down Now

Decompress after the big celebration by making your way to Neurolux. Break dancing boys and girls will be spinning around the big, oval Neurolux logo on the floor during m[t]theory's third annual two-on-two breakdance battle. The winner walks away with a $200 cash prize. DJs Revolve and Eleven provide the sound while the MCs for the evening, TimBuckII and OriGin, keep everything on track.

9 p.m., $6, Neurolux, 111 N. 11th, Boise, myspace.com/rhetoricstyle.

28 Sunday

Come All Ye Faithful

The churches participating in the Candlelight Tour of Downtown Boise Historic Houses of Worship are all within walking distance of one another. Start at any of the seven churches, grab a map and follow the luminarias along an inspired path. The self-guided tour offers a peek inside the churches along with some history. The participating churches are Capitol City Christian Church at Ninth and Franklin; First Church of Christ, Scientist at Ninth and State; First Presbyterian Church at Ninth and State; Immanuel Lutheran Church at Seventh and Fort; St. John's Roman Catholic Cathedral at Eighth and Hays; St. Michael's Episcopal Cathedral at Eighth and State; and St. Paul Baptist Church at 14th and Bannock. For more information, contact Michael Civiello, First Presbyterian Church, at 208-345-3441, Ext. 113, or e-mail michael@first-presbyterian.org.

3-6 p.m., FREE, various locations, first-presbyterian.org.

31 Wednesday

New Year's Fun

Take your pick because there's quite a bit going on for New Year's 2009. Humpin Hannah's is hosting a New Year's Eve Bash for a $10 cover with music by the Rocci Johnson Band and DJ Sam I Am.

Rap in the New Year at the Knitting Factory with the collective members of Doomtree for $18 in advance ($20 at the door) and toast to 2009 with a complimentary concoction of champagne and Red Bull.

Barbacoa hosts a masquerade ball in the bar. Pay $25 and get hats, feathered masks, music by DJ Travis along with a professional dance team and two drink tickets. Barbacoa invites diners to savor the last bits of 2008 by making a reservation for a four-course, gourmet dinner with three different seating times for $65 to $85 per person.

Wood River Cellars hosts a riverboat casino night for $120.09 per couple with gaming tables, raffles and toasty spirits. And for $2, they shuttle you to and from Eagle.

Jack Crown and the Coronas are throwing their eighth annual New Year's Bash at Red Lion Downtowner Grand Ballroom beginning at 8 p.m. For a $20 cover, gain entrance and access to the first couple kegs of beer. After that, it's a cash bar.

Pay one cover and get into three hopping bars, each with a different theme. China Blue is featuring Dress to the Nines in 2009 with Wild 101.1-FM. Don black tie apparel for the wild-style party featuring a guest DJ, live dancers and fire dancers. Dirty Little Roddy's hosts the Tacky Social New Year's Eve Party with a different holiday celebrated every hour. Sip on festive drink specials while DJ Zuz spins country, rock and holiday favorites and celebrate every holiday from Easter and Halloween to Cinco de Mayo and Mardi Gras, all culminating with a big welcome to the new year. Main Street Bistro features Boise's Most Wanted: Players in Pink NYE 2009, inviting all the party peeps to show up dressed in hot pink styles for a chance to win a big chunk of change during the cash drop at midnight.

8 p.m., $10, China Blue and Dirty Little Roddy's, 100 S. Sixth St. and Main Street Bistro, 609 Main St., Boise.