Though there might be an abundance of closed signs hanging in downtown shops on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, that doesn't mean you can't lurk outside and stare longingly at the windows. The Downtown Boise Association and Boise City Department of Arts and History have once again teamed up to make aimless downtown wanders seem less creepy with the Winter Window Gallery Stroll. In place of bare glass, those shuffling through downtown streets can find holiday window art designed by an assemblage of local artists.
Check out Rick Walter's badass abominable snowman design adorning the windows of Flying M Coffeehouse--complete with yellowed teeth and huge brass knuckles stamped with "SNOW" and "MAN." Just down the street at Bandanna Running and Walking, you'll find a more homemade mural by Amy Pence-Brown. A snowman made of Styrofoam packing peanuts stands next to Christmas trees created using sponges, cardboard boxes and Mountain Dew cans--all items Pence-Brown had lying around her house. Pence-Brown took first place from team one in the window judging competition, while team two's first-place nod went to Heather Bauer for Music is Medicine at Record Exchange.
With roughly 25 businesses tricked out with merry mastery, there's sure to be something to distract everyone. The windows will remain decorated through the end of the month, which leaves plenty of opportunities for lurking and no excuses for the shoulda, coulda, woulda crowd.
Through Thursday, Dec. 31, FREE, downtown Boise. For more information, visit downtownboise.org.