No one does spectacular quite like Disney.
This holiday season, kick things off with Disney on Ices latest show, Dare to Dream, which will delight children and adults alike for six shows at Boises Taco Bell Arena Nov. 29-Dec. 2.
This production brings the stories of two of Disneys newest animated features Tangled and The Princess and the Frog together with the time-honored classic Cinderella.
This hair-raising tale starts with a magical kiss and brings together Rapunzel and her companion Flynn with Tiana and her frog-turned-prince Naveen in the jazzy bayous of New Orleans.
They all end up at Cinderellas ball where the princess will meet her Prince Charming and happy endings abound. Of course, theres a visit from Mickey, Minnie, Goofy and other Disney favorites.
Disney started producing ice shows in 1981. Theyve since grown into lavish, live productions that evoke the magic of the animated features like nothing else.
These skater/performers glide along the ice and fly into the air seamlessly. There are pyrotechnics, moving sets, glittering costumes and other effects that will transform the arena into a magical Disney realm.
7 p.m. Nov. 29-30; 11:30 a.m., 3 and 7 p.m. Dec. 1; and 1 p.m. Dec. 2, Taco Bell Arena, 1401 Bronco Circle, Boise. Tickets, details: Select-a-Seat
From comedy to heartwarming musicals, Boises theater community offers a buffet of holiday entertainment this season.
Knock em Dead Dinner Theatre will bring a musical version of one of O. Henrys classic tales, The Gift of the Magi, to the stage for the holidays. Randy Courts and Mark St. Germains musical tells the story of Jim and Della, a struggling young couple that want to give each other the perfect gift for Christmas. Both out of work, they each sacrifice their most beloved possessions to give something to the other.
7 p.m. Thursdays (no dinner), 8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays Nov. 30-Dec. 22. Dinner catered by Sizzler is at 6:30 p.m. 415 E. ParkCenter Blvd., Boise. Tickets, details: KEDProductions.org.
Take a spin through a wacky Christmas past, present and future with Boise Little Theater. In the tradition of shows like The Complete Works of Wm. Shakspr. (Abridged), three actors decided to ditch the script of A Christmas Carol and work their way through Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!)
8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m. Thursdays and 2 p.m. Dec. 2, 9 and 15, Nov. 30, Dec. 15. 100 E. Fort St., Boise. Tickets, details: BoiseLittleTheater.org.
Music Theatre of Idaho presents White Christmas, the stage musical based on the 1954 film. The season warms up as two Broadway stars help out their old army commander by putting on a show at his Vermont inn. With the help of a sister act, they save the day with a magical mix of song and dance to a score by Irving Berlin.
7:30 p.m. Fridays, 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays, Dec 7-15, Nampa Civic Center, 311 3rd St., South. Tickets, details: MTIOnline.org.
Hear the original Dickens A Christmas Carol brought to life at an interactive reading for the Morrison Centers Family Reading Series. Youll hear some of the areas best actors, including Stitch Marker as Scrooge, take on a variety of roles in the story, with live radio-theater-style sound effects and music.
2 p.m. Dec. 9, Morrison Center Recital Hall. Tickets, details: MC.BoiseState.edu.
Gregory Popovich brings his award-winning Popovich Comedy Pet Theater to Boise with a bevy of the most unlikely animal stars. Youll see acrobatic dachshunds, tamed geese and trained performing house cats. The son of Moscow Circus performers, Popovich blends balancing and acrobatic feats with his animal tricks. Bring a can or small bag of pet food, treats or bag of cat litter for ISHs Pet Food Pantry.
2 p.m. Dec. 16, Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise. Tickets, details: MC.BoiseState.edu.
Celebrate the holidays with conductor Jim Ogle and the Meridian Symphony. The community orchestras annual Christmas Celebration concert will feature some of the best-loved music of the season.
7:30 p.m. Nov. 30, Kuna Performing Arts Center,637 E. Deer Flat Road; and Dec. 1, Centennial Performing Arts Center, 12400 W. McMillan Road, Boise. Tickets, details: MeridianSymphony.org.
Enjoy the music of the season at Boise State Universitys Family Holiday Concert, featuring the BSU orchestra and choral groups.
7:30 p.m. Dec. 2, Morrison Center. Tickets, details: Music.BoiseState.edu.
The tradition continues with the Boise Philharmonic and its 110-member Master Chorale as they perform Handels Messiah.
7:30 p.m. Dec. 15, Morrison Center. Tickets, details: BoisePhilharmonic.org
Opera Idaho will start a new holiday tradition with Engelbert Humperdincks Hansel and Gretel, an operatic take on the Brothers Grimms fairy tale about two lost children who discover a house made of candy. It features the Opera Idaho Childrens Chorus.
2:30 and 7 p.m. Dec. 28-29 and 2:30 p.m. Dec. 30, Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St. Tickets, details: OperaIdaho.org.
You have three chances to see magical holiday ballet The Nutcracker.
Eugene Ballet brings its traveling storybook production of The Nutcracker, featuring a bevy of local children, for Caldwell Fine Arts.
7:30 p.m. Dec. 11, Jewett Auditorium, The College of Idaho, 2112 E. Cleveland Blvd., Caldwell. Tickets, details: CaldwellFineArts.org.
The students Idaho Regional Ballet and guest artists Rachel Foster and Benjamin Griffiths of Pacific Northwest Ballet will present choreographer Lisa Moons version of The Nutcracker.
7 p.m. Dec. 14, 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 15, Special Events Center, Boise State University. Tickets, details: EPACdance.com.
Ballet Idahos annual production of The Nutcracker, with a live performance of Tchaikovskys score by the Boise Philharmonic, features opulent sets and costumes by A. Christina Giannini and more than 100 area children.
8 p.m. Dec. 21; 2 and 8 p.m. Dec. 22; and noon and 4 p.m. Dec. 23, Morrison Center. Tickets, details: BalletIdaho.org.
Find more information on holiday events in the 10 Days Out and Plan Ahead calendars.