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Treasure Valley cities, towns light up the holidays with parades, trees, fireworks

Join Santa and Buddy the Elf for the Meridian Winter Lights Parade and tree tree lighting on Friday, Dec. 2, at Meridian’s Generations Plaza.
Join Santa and Buddy the Elf for the Meridian Winter Lights Parade and tree tree lighting on Friday, Dec. 2, at Meridian’s Generations Plaza. Idaho Statesman file

▪  Meridian will launch the holidays with a blockbuster night of lights and family fun on Friday, Dec. 2. The evening kicks off with showings of the classic holiday cartoon “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” at Generations Plaza, Idaho Avenue and Main Street, at 5:30 and 6 p.m. (There is an additional third showing after the tree lighting.) Then at 6:30 p.m., the annual “Winter Lights Parade” rolls through town from Storey Park down Main Street then back to the plaza. You’ll see dazzling lighted floats, dance teams, marching bands and more. Then stick around as Santa, Buddy the Elf and Jovie light the city’s Christmas tree with fireworks to follow. Free. MeridianCity.org.

▪  Welcome the holidays in historic Idaho City from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, with caroling, a holiday crafts bazaar, wagon rides, an ugly sweater contest, holiday movies at the library and free photos with Santa at the visitors center, 100 Main St., Idaho City. Then join Santa as he lights the city’s Christmas tree on Main Street at 5:30 p.m. IdahoCityChamber.org. Free.

▪  Kuna will light its Christmas tree at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, in Bernie Fisher Park, 201 W. Main St., Kuna, with the Kuna High School Jazz Band and hot chocolate. Catch the Night Light Parade through downtown at 6 p.m. KunaChamber.com.

▪  Help bring in the holiday spirit in Star as Santa lights the city’s tree at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, with cookies and carols at Star City Hall, 10769 W. State St. Free. StarIdahoChamber.com.

▪  Mountain Home will light up a forest of 45 trees in Carl Miller Park at North 10th Street East and American Legion Boulevard on Saturday, Dec. 3. It all starts with the “Christmas in Whoville” parade that winds through town at 6:30 p.m. and ends at the park. (Whoville costumes are encouraged.) You’ll find Santa and Mrs. Claus, choirs, fire pits and fireworks at the tree-lighting ceremony at 7 p.m. MountainHomeChamber .com. Free.

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