Slide on a couple extra pairs of socks and throw a splash of peppermint schnapps into your hot cocoa, it's time to get going where the garden's aglowing. Idaho Botanical Garden's 13th annual Winter Garden aGlow is already in full swing, with 250,000 brightly colored lights painstakingly wrapped around every branch and bush. Garden goers will have plenty to see as they stroll through the spacious area, including the Lewis and Clark Native Plant Garden, which offers a panoramic view of the Treasure Valley. Each evening at IBG is filled with holiday entertainment, carolers, hot seasonal refreshments and crackling bonfires. A lucky few may even catch a glimpse of Santa and Prancer as they take a break from their busy schedules. Proceeds from the event benefit the garden's education and horticulture programs, allowing this Idaho landmark to continue thriving year-round.
So, while you might think you're getting the full Christmas light experience by plugging in your single strand of LED lights on your front porch, let Winter Garden aGlow slap some electricity-draining, magical, sparkling sense back into you. The garden will be open on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day, leaving you with plenty of opportunities for a bundled up, schnapps-filled night with that special someone.
Through Sunday, Jan. 10, 6 p.m.-9 p.m., $4 children (4-12), $6 adults, Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiary Road, 208-343-8649, idahobotanicalgarden.org.