BOISE -- For some people, the Thanksgiving holiday is synonymous with time off from work, school, and other activities. Many folks pack their bags, leave work early, and prepare for a three, four, or (gasp!) even five day weekend.
But what to do?
Besides traveling, overeating, or watching football -- your options might seem limited.
Quite the opposite, actually. Here's a quick round-up of events in the Treasure Valley just in time for Thanksgiving.
THURSDAY (Thanksgiving Day)
Life Time Fitness Turkey Day 5K - 8 a.m.
The Life Time Turkey Day 5K in Boise has been a healthy way to start Thanksgiving Day. Participants can run, jog or walk the 3.1 miles with friends and family. Athletes are encouraged to dress the part and the best costume wins a prize. Click for more info.
Foothills Christian Church Free Thanksgiving Dinner - 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
You're Invited To Thanksgiving Dinner at the Foothills Christian Church. All are welcome. Bring your appetite and join us for a traditional home cooked feast with all your favorite sides and desserts. Click for more info.
Meridian Church of God 7th Day Campus Free Thanksgiving Dinner - 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Announcing a free authentic Thanksgiving meal for any individual or family who is looking for a place to eat on Thanksgiving Day. No charge, and no donation is desired. Church is located at 1808 W. 3rd St. in Meridian, near the corner of Meridian Rd and Cherry Lane, just behind the U.S. Bank. Click for more info.
Dubstep Holiday Light Show in Meridian -- Thursday night
The Cadger family of Meridian will turn on their annual electronic music themed light show on Thanksgiving night. Their house is on East Cornell Drive in Meridian, just off Meridian Road between Ustick and McMillan. The display does not blast music into then neighborhood. Instead, you can tune your radio to 92.7 FM to hear the show. See the KTVB story on the Cadgers, here.
Canyon County Festival of Trees - 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Come enjoy beautiful trees and Christmas decorations, enjoy the entertainment and refreshments. Featuring a silent auction, book fair and Santa's Craft Shop. Proceeds benefit Nampa/Caldwell Meals on Wheels. Click for more info.
Boise Holiday Parade - 9:45 a.m.
On November 24th, the streets surrounding Idaho's Statehouse will fill with music, parade floats, and holiday cheer. That's because Boise's annual Holiday Parade presented by Bronco Motors is scheduled to take place at 9:45 a.m. Organizers say 2012's theme is Idaho Christmas Through the Years, and will feature Christmas characters, marching bands, horses, historic cars, government vehicles, and unique, holiday themed floats. Click for more info.
Marsing's Annual Holiday Bazaar - 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Vendors of homemade or re-purposed items will be showing off their wares at the Phipps-Watson Community Center, also known as the American Legion Community Center in Marsing, Idaho. Bazaar will be Saturday, November 24th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Food and drink will be available for sale. Vendors are still welcome to sign up for booth space! Santa will be there to hear Christmas wishes! No cost to check us out, but come and start your Christmas shopping early! Click for more info.
Boise Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration - 7 p.m.
Bring the family to this annual holiday tradition, held on Saturday, November 24th from 5-7pm, in the Grove Plaza. Boise City Mayor and family light the city's Christmas tree, sing carols, and join in the candle lighting ceremony. This event lights up downtown and welcomes the holiday season to Boise. Click for more info.
Edwards Greenhouse Holiday Open House - 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
This free event includes wine tasting and local vendors, holiday ideas, decor, gifts, ornaments, poinsettias, amaryllis, Christmas trees, wreathes and more. Bring your camera! It is a perfect setting for Holiday photos. Click for more info.