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This is a big weekend for holiday events and activities

It wouldn’t be Christmas without tubas. Details on the free Saturday, Dec. 2, event below.
It wouldn’t be Christmas without tubas. Details on the free Saturday, Dec. 2, event below. Idaho Statesman file

Here is a list of things to consider, arranged in chronological order, including into the following week.

Boise Philharmonic: Handel’s Messiah: 8 p.m. Dec. 1-2, St. John’s Cathedral, 807 N. 8th St., Boise. $30 advance, $35 at the door. 208-344-7849, boisephil.org.

Meridian Symphony Orchestra presents “Joy, Love, Peace”: Featuring holiday favorites, principal cellist Lorie Scherer and oboist Valli Howard performing Morricone’s “Gabriel’s Oboe” with the orchestra and special guests Centennial High School Choirs. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1-2, Centennial High School Performing Arts Center, 12400 W. McMillan Road, Boise. $11 general, $9 seniors, students, military, $4 children, available online or at the door. 208-891-2721, meridiansymphony.org.

Opera Idaho’s “Amahl & the Night Visitors”: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1 and 2:30 p.m. Dec. 3, Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., Boise. $24-$36. Student, senior, child, military, family and group discounts available. (208) 345-3531, operaidaho.org.

Boise Little Theater’s “A Christmas Story”: 8 p.m. Dec. 1-2 and 8-9; 7:30 p.m. Nov. 30 and Dec. 7; 2 p.m. Nov. 26, Dec. 3 and 9, 100 E. Fort St. $14 general, $11 students and seniors. $16 and $12 at the door. 208-342-5104, boiselittletheater.org.

Stage Coach Theatre’s “The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical”: 8 p.m. Dec. 1-2, 8-9 and 15-16; 7:30 p.m. Nov. 30, Dec. 7 and 14; 2 p.m. Dec. 3 and 10, 4802 W. Emerald St., Boise. $20. 208-342-2000, stagecoachtheatre.com.

Boise Christmas Show: More than 300 vendors, visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 1, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 2 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 3, Expo Idaho, 5610 N. Glenwood St., Garden City. $5 general, $4 seniors, free for children 12 and younger. boisechristmasshow.com.

Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony: Parade begins at dusk and ends with the community tree lighting at Island Park. Line up at 4:30 p.m. Dec. 1, Marsing High School football field, 209 8th Ave. W. marsingcity.com. Free.

Christmas Spirit and Lighting Ceremony: Light show, tree lighting (6 p.m.), pictures with Santa, magician, children’s arts and crafts station, carolers, readers theater performance of “A Christmas Story,” food and drinks available for purchase. 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 1, Four Rivers Cultural Center, 676 S.W. 6th Ave., Ontario. 541-889-8191. Free.

Meridian Winter Lights Parade and Tree Lighting: Parade travels down Main Street and returns on Second Avenue. Meridian Mayor Tammy de Weerd and guests will light the city Christmas tree following the parade (approx. 7:45 p.m.). The free outdoor showing of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” plays at 5:30 and 6 p.m. Hot chocolate stations offer free beverages throughout the route. A Candy Cane Fun Run will start before the parade (6:15 p.m., $5 registration). 6:30 to 8 p.m. Dec. 1, Generations Plaza, Main Street and East Idaho Avenue, Meridian. christmasinmeridian.org. Free.

“ELF The Musical”: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1; 10 a.m., 3 and 8 p.m. Dec. 2, Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise. $35-$72.50. Ticketmaster. Limited seating.

Idaho City Christmas Celebration: Santa and Mrs. Claus will be at the Visitors Center from noon to 2 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m. with goody bags and photos with the kids. The Boise Basin Library will show “The Polar Express” for free at 2:30 p.m. with refreshments. Tree lighting ceremony at 5 p.m. with caroling and hot chocolate. Dec. 2, Idaho City. 208-392-4159, idahocitychamber.org. Free.

Claus ‘N Paws: Photo opportunities (for a small donation which benefits zoo programs), holiday crafts, face painting, and don’t miss the animal residents receiving their holiday gifts. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 2 (last admission at 4:30 p.m.), Zoo Boise, 355 Julia Davis Drive. 208-608-7760, zooboise.org. Free.

Opera Idaho Children’s Choruses Winter Concert: Opera Idaho Angelus Choir and Children’s Chorus will perform their winter concert inside the Rotunda. 11 a.m. Dec. 2, Idaho State Capitol, 700 W. Jefferson St., Boise. 208-345-3531. Free.

Tuba Christmas: 4 to 5 p.m. Dec. 2, Idaho State Capitol, 700 W. Jefferson St., Boise. music.boisestate.edu/tubachristmas. Free.

Come Together Kuna Community Choir Christmas Concert: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3, Kuna Performing Arts Center, 637 E. Deer Flat Road. Free, but tickets required. 208-850-5784, ComeTogetherKuna@gmail.com.

Eugene Ballet’s “The Nutcracker”: 7 p.m. Dec. 5-6, Jewett Auditorium, College of Idaho, Caldwell. $25-$35 general, $15-$25 children. 208-459-5275, caldwellfinearts.org.

▪  Clara’s Tea Party, 5:30 p.m. Dec. 5-6, Langroise Center, College of Idaho, Caldwell. Face painting, ballet lessons, crafts, treats, and visits by “The Nutcracker” cast. $6, available only with “Nutcracker” ticket purchase. To add on, call 208-459-5783.

Winter Garden aGlow: Display of more than 300,000 sparkling lights with special visits from Santa and his reindeer Prancer, local choirs, vendors, more. Complimentary cocoa, cider and cookies (donations encouraged). 6 to 9 p.m. daily (last admission at 8:45 p.m.), Nov. 24 through Jan. 1 (closed Nov. 29 and Dec. 7 for private sponsor nights), Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiary Road, Boise. $10 general, $8 IBG members and children 5-12, in advance. Admission is $2 more at the gate, free for ages 4 and younger. 208-343-8649, idahobotanicalgarden.org.

Alley Repertory Theater’s “The Golden Girls Christmas Extravaganza”: 8 p.m. Dec. 7-9 and 14-16; 2 p.m. Nov. 26, Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St., Garden City. $20 general, $15 students, seniors, military for evening performances, $15 and $10 matinee, at eventbrite.com. Brunch with the Golden Girls, 2 p.m. Dec. 10, $35. Pay-what-you-want preview Nov. 24.

Eugene Ballet’s “The Nutcracker Jr.”: 1 and 6 p.m. Dec. 7, Jewett Auditorium, College of Idaho, Caldwell. $12-$20 general, $8-$12 children. 208-459-5275, caldwellfinearts.org.

▪  Clara’s Tea Party, 11:30 a.m., 2, 4:30 and 7 p.m. Dec. 7, Langroise Center, College of Idaho, Caldwell. Face painting, ballet lessons, crafts, treats, and visits by the dancers. $6, available as an add-on to “Nutcracker Jr.” ticket or stand-alone event. 208-459-5783.

Music Theatre of Idaho’s “A Christmas Carol”: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7-9; 1:30 p.m. Dec. 9, Nampa Civic Center, 311 3rd St S. $18-$22 advance, $25 at the door. 208-468-2385, mtionline.org.

Toys for Tots Fundraiser: Featuring Gerry & The Dreambenders, Jake Leg. 6:30 p.m. Dec. 8, Sapphire Room, The Riverside Hotel, 2900 W. Chinden Blvd., Boise. Admission is free with any cash or toy donation (new and unopened) for Toys for Tots. Register at eventbrite.com.

Boise Philharmonic: Holiday Pops: Musically Speaking pre-concert discussions at 6:30 p.m. 208-344-7849, boisephil.org.

Dec. 8: 7:30 p.m., Brandt Center, Northwest Nazarene University, 707 Fern St., Nampa. Musically Speaking pre-concert discussion at 2 p.m. $21.23-$44.34.

Dec. 9: 7:30 p.m., Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise. Musically Speaking pre-concert discussion at 6:30 p.m. $22.64-$65.09.

Family Holiday Concert: Performances by Boise State’s orchestra and choral groups, the jazz band and jazz ensemble, the perennially popular audience sing-along with organist Mark Hansen and a special holiday celebration with the Keith Stein Blue Thunder Marching Band. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8, Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise. $10 general, $8 seniors, $2 children and non-BSU students. Ticketmaster.

Eagle Country Christmas: Outdoor market, entertainment by kids choirs, free kids activities, Santa, cookie and cocoa tasting, Christmas tree lighting (6 p.m.). 1 to 6 p.m. Dec. 9, Heritage Park, 185 E. State St., Eagle. 208-489-8789.

Christmas at the Cathedral: 4:30 p.m. Dec. 9; 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 10, Cathedral of the Rockies, 717 N. 11th St., Boise.

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