BOISE - Are you ready to get into the holiday spirit and feast your eyes on some dazzling light displays? We've rounded up some of the most impressive displays in the Treasure Valley this holiday season - from the always spectacular Winter Garden aGlow to decked out home displays you won't want to miss.
WINTER GARDEN AGLOW
The Idaho Botanical Garden's annual Winter Garden aGlow has been a holiday staple in the City of Trees for more than two decades.
Each year tens of thousands of visitors take in the spectacular display featuring more than 400,000 lights.
The event is the Idaho Botanical Garden's biggest fundraiser of the year, with money raised going to fund education and horticulture programs.
In addition to the lights, visitors can enjoy caroling, visits from Santa and the Holiday Express, a G-scale model train that winds its way through the glowing winter wonderland. Local choirs will fill the air with music on select nights.
Winter Garden aGlow is open every night from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. until Jan. 1.
For admission information, visit the Idaho Botanical Garden website.
For a look at other fun events happening in Boise this holiday season - from the Boise Depot Holiday Open House to holiday parties at the Library! - check out this list.
CALDWELL'S WINTER WONDERLAND
The holiday spirit is alive and well in downtown Caldwell. Now in its 11th year, 500,000 LED lights make up the city's Winter Wonderland display along Indian Creek.
Along with the many strings of lights that take months to set up, lighted sculptures and a tree are also on display.
If you'd like to check out all the lights, they'll be turned on each night through January 15.
For some added family fun, strap on some skates and try out the new ice ribbon in the booming Indian Creek Plaza. Organizers say the ice ribbon is the first of its kind in Idaho. A number of events - including skating with Santa - are scheduled for the ice ribbon throughout the holidays.
SCENTSY COMMONS CHRISTMAS LIGHTS
Bundle up and walk the grounds of Scentsy Commons in Meridian and take in this spectacular Christmas lights display.
More than 724,000 lights are strung on 450 trees – that’s 43 miles of Christmas lights.
The display includes a 200-foot tunnel that dazzles with 67,000 lights. The grounds are open to the public, and the Christmas lights are on from sunset to sunrise.
FIND DISPLAYS NEAR YOU
If you're looking to find great holiday lights displays in your neighborhood, check out this Google Map showing dozens of home displays around the Treasure Valley.
You can also add your own display to the map by sending an email to BoiseChristmasLights@gmail.com.
It's a fun way to share and discover festive spots in your area.
TAKE A TOUR
Want to check out the light displays, but don't feel like driving? Several local companies are offering holiday lights tours.
Click on the links below to visit their websites.
Boise Party Bus - The Winter Nights Christmas Lights Tour visits festive homes in Boise and the Idaho Botanical Garden's Winter Garden aGlow (admission not included). Tours run two to four hours daily.
Boise Township Tours - Tours run Mon.-Sat. nights; Each tour lasts about 75 minutes and features festive music and entertainment.
Boise Trolley Tours - Tours run nightly at 7 p.m. and leave from the Evergreen Business Mall (in the Library Plaza corner of Cole and Ustick roads). Tours last about 55 minutes. Be sure to bundle up; the trolley is open-air. Hot beverages are available for purchase.
Holiday Lights Limousine Tours - Check out the holiday lights in style! Diamond Limousine will pick your group up and provide music and cookies. Just sit back and enjoy the mapped-out tour of lights.
Nampa Christmas Lights Tour - On Saturday, Dec. 15, take part in tour of Christmas lights throughout Nampa. This tour is put on by the Nampa Parks and Recreation Department. It gets underway at 5:45 p.m and leaves from the Nampa Rec Center on Constitution Way.
Have you spotted a spectacular holiday display that should be added to this list? Email firstname.lastname@example.org and include the address, photos, and if possible, contact information for the person who set up the display.