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Christmas and New Year’s Eve parties, tree lightings and and the Idaho Potato Drop

Get ready to ring in 2018 at the Idaho Potato Drop Sunday, Dec. 31, in front of the Capitol.
Get ready to ring in 2018 at the Idaho Potato Drop Sunday, Dec. 31, in front of the Capitol. Idaho Statesman file photo

The countdown is on!

2017 is on it’s way out and you have a good month and change to find that perfect outfit, date and venue to celebrate.

Of course, there is plenty to enjoy in the meantime with holiday festivals and music, Christmas tree lighting ceremonies, and the Winter Garden aGlow is still going strong.

So check out the list below to get the most festiveness out of this December. Feel free to check it twice (wink).

New Year’s Eve

Idaho Potato Drop: Entertainment starts at 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 31, Capitol Park, 601 W. Jefferson St., in front of the Idaho Statehouse. Entertainment stages, a heated tent with hands-on activities for kids, food trucks, cocktail and beer garden, Toyota Rail Jam snowboarding competition, fireworks, more. Free. (VIP tickets are $50-$75 at potatodropshop.com, $100 at the door.)

Wahooz New Year’s Eve Party: 5 p.m. to midnight Sunday, Dec. 31, Wahooz Family Fun Zone, 1385 S. Blue Marlin Lane, Meridian. Unlimited Twister, Frog Hopper, bumper cars, laser maze, XD Dark Ride, mini golf, go-carts, more, plus a $5 game card and a midnight countdown party. $24.99 per person. 208-898-0900, wahoozfunzone.com.

▪  Wahooz “Noon Year’s Eve Party,” 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 31. With all the same activities as that night’s event, but a noon countdown party. $19.99 per person.

New Year’s Eve with Micky and The Motorcars: 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 31, Knitting Factory, 416 S. 9th St., Boise. $25. TicketWeb, 866-468-7624. $30 day of show.

New Year’s Eve Bubbly Bash “Winter White-Out”: 9 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 31, River Run Lodge, 500 Serenade Lane, Ketchum. Free champagne from 9 to 10 p.m. and a midnight toast, photo booth, music by DJ Lady Sinclair and her live band. Benefits Sun Valley Center for the Arts. Guest encouraged to wear white. $100 per person. 208-726-9491, sunvalleycenter.org.

Pinz Z-Lounge Countdown Party: 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 31, Pinz Bowling Center at Wahooz, 1385 S. Blue Marlin Lane, Meridian. Cosmic bowling, nacho bar and dessert buffet (9:30 to 10:30 p.m.), one attraction pass, $5 game card and a midnight countdown party. $45 general, $27 children 12 and younger, through Dec. 30; $5 more at the door if available. 208-898-0900, pinzbowlingidaho.com.

Christmas Tree Lightings

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

Christmas Spirit and Lighting Ceremony: 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, Four Rivers Cultural Center, 676 S.W. 6th Ave., Ontario. 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. Free. 541-889-8191.

Meridian Winter Lights Parade and Tree Lighting: 6:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, Generations Plaza, Main Street and East Idaho Avenue, Meridian. 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). Free. christmasinmeridian.org.

Idaho City Christmas Celebration: Saturday, Dec. 2, Idaho City. 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. Free. 208-392-4159, idahocitychamber.org.

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

Festivals/Fairs

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

Winter Garden aGlow: 6 to 9 p.m. daily (last admission at 8:45 p.m.), through Jan. 1 (closed Nov. 29 and Dec. 7 for private sponsor nights), Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiary Road, Boise. 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). $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.

Boise Farmers Market: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, through Dec. 23, 516 S. 8th St., Boise. 208-345-9287, theboisefarmersmarket.com.

Capital City Public Market: 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturdays, through Dec. 16, Grove Plaza, N. 8th and W. Main streets, Boise. 208-345-3499, capitalcitypublicmarket.com.

Music

Boise Rock School End of Fall Session Gig: 5 to 9 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Dec. 1-2, The District Coffee House, 219 N. 10th St., Boise. $5 suggested donation. boiserockschool.com.

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

Scentsy’s Point of Lights Christmas Event: 6 to 8:30 p.m. Monday-Tuesday, Dec. 11-12, Scentsy Commons, 2901 E. Pine Ave., Meridian. Stroll the grounds featuring 724,000 Christmas lights, a live nativity, choirs from area high schools, Santa Claus, free cookies and hot cocoa. Free.

Solitary Band: The Neil Diamond Experience: 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Friday, Dec. 14-15, Sapphire Room, The Riverside Hotel, 2900 W. Chinden Blvd., Boise. $15 general, $20 preferred. eventbrite.com. $20 and $25 at the door.

Xtreme Holiday Xtravaganza: 7:30 p.m. Sunday-Monday, Dec. 17-18, Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., Boise. Holiday variety show hosted by Curtis Stigers and Jodi Peterson and featuring local musicians, dancers, comedians and community leaders. Benefits Interfaith Sanctuary Homeless Shelter. $35 and $50 general, $135 and $150 reserved. egyptiantheatre.net.

Performing Arts

Meridian Symphony Orchestra presents “Joy, Love, Peace”: 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Dec. 1-2, Centennial High School Performing Arts Center, 12400 W. McMillan Road, Boise. 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. $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. Friday, Dec. 1; and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, 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 Philharmonic: Handel’s Messiah: 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Dec. 1-2, St. John’s Cathedral, 807 N. 8th St., Boise. $30 advance, $35 at the door. 208-344-7849, boisephil.org.

Eugene Ballet’s “The Nutcracker”: 7 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, 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. Tuesday-Wednesday, 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.

Eugene Ballet’s “The Nutcracker Jr.”: 1 and 6 p.m. Thursday, 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. Thursday, 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.

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

▪  Friday, 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.

▪  Saturday, 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.

Ballet Idaho’s “The Nutcracker”: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16; noon and 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17, Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise. $38, $46 and $61. Ticketmaster, 208-426-1110.

Spectator Sports

Idaho Steelheads hockey: 7:10 p.m., CenturyLink Arena, 233 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise. $18-$35. 208-331-8497, idahosteelheads.com.

▪  Friday-Saturday, Dec. 1-2: vs. Tulsa Oilers

▪  Friday-Saturday, Dec. 8-9: vs. Utah Grizzlies

▪  Wednesday, Dec. 13: vs. Rapid City Rush

▪  Friday-Saturday, Dec. 15-16: vs. Wichita Thunder

Boise State Broncos men’s basketball: Taco Bell Arena, 1401 Bronco Lane, Boise. $10-$20 general, $9-$19 seniors, $8-$18 juniors. 208-426-4737, broncosports.com/tickets.

▪  Sunday, Dec. 3: vs. Portland, 2 p.m.

▪  Saturday, Dec. 9: vs. Sacramento State, 2 p.m.

▪  Wednesday, Dec. 13: vs. Grand Canyon, 7 p.m.

▪  Wednesday, Dec. 27: vs. Colorado State, 7:30 p.m.

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl: 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 22, Albertsons Stadium, 1400 W. Bronco Lane, Boise. $20-$75. famousidahopotatobowl.com.

Theater

“ELF The Musical”: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1; 10 a.m., 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise. $35-$72.50. Ticketmaster, 208-426-1110. Limited seating.

Boise Little Theater’s “A Christmas Story”: 8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, Dec. 1-2 and 8-9; 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7; 2 p.m. 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. Fridays-Saturdays, Dec. 1-2, 8-9 and 15-16; 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Dec. 7 and 14; 2 p.m. Sundays, Dec. 3 and 10, 4802 W. Emerald St., Boise. $20. 208-342-2000, stagecoachtheatre.com.

Boise Contemporary Theater’s “The Storm in the Barn”: 7 p.m. Wednesdays-Thursdays and 8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, Dec. 6-23; 2 p.m. matinees Saturdays, Dec. 16 and 23, 854 Fulton St. $35 Fridays-Saturdays, $25 Wednesdays-Thursdays and matinees, $10 Wednesday preview (Dec. 6), $20 Thursday-Friday preview (Dec. 7-8), $16 all student tickets. 208-331-9224, bctheater.org.

“In the End There Was Snow”: 7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Dec. 7-9, Fishbowl Center for Performing Arts, Karcher Mall, 1509 Caldwell Blvd., Suite 1141, Caldwell. $10. Brown Paper Tickets.

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

Alley Repertory Theater’s “The Golden Girls Christmas Extravaganza”: 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, Dec. 7-9 and 14-16, 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. Sunday, Dec. 10, $35.

HomeGrown Theatre’s “Horrific Puppet Affair”: 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Dec. 8-9, and Wednesdays-Saturdays, Dec. 13-16, 20-23; 10:15 p.m. Saturdays, Dec. 16 and 23, Woodland Empire, 1114 W. Front St., Boise. $10 Thursdays-Saturdays, $5 Wednesdays, pay-what-you-can preview Dec. 8. Brown Paper Tickets or at the door.

“Don We Now Our Gay Apparel”: 8:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Dec. 8-9, The Balcony, 150 N. 8th St., Boise. Presented by LipsInc!, Idaho’s professional female impersonation troupe. $20. Reservations recommended: 208-368-0405.

Company of Fools’ “Striking 12”: 7 p.m. Dec. 14-16, 20-23, 26-30 and 8 p.m. Dec. 31; 2 p.m. Dec. 23, The Liberty Theatre, 110 N. Main St., Hailey. $40 general, $35 Sun Valley Center for the Arts members and seniors, $15 students. Pay-what-you-feel night is Dec. 14. Adult tickets are $22 for Dec. 15. Special New Year’s Eve fundraiser performance (Dec. 31): $65 general, $25 students. 208-578-9122, sunvalleycenter.org.

“Elf The Musical Jr.”: 7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Dec. 14-16; 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, Four Rivers Cultural Center, 676 S.W. 6th Ave., Ontario. $5. 541-889-8191.

“Yes, Virginia! The Musical”: 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Dec. 15-16; 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, Fishbowl Center for Performing Arts, Karcher Mall, 1509 Caldwell Blvd., Suite 1141, Caldwell. $7 general, $5 seniors and children 3-17. Brown Paper Tickets.

Other

Pet Pictures with Santa Paws: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 9-10, Bark n’ Purr, 1036 S. Vista Ave., Boise. Receive a picture right at the time photos are taken and a link to view all other pictures online. Proceeds benefit Spay Neuter Idaho Pets (SNIP). $20. 208-968-1338.

Sports Card Show: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9; and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10, Revolution Center, 4983 N. Glenwood St., Garden City. Free. 208-807-4319.

Dec. 1

First Friday Square Dance/Concert with Caleb Klauder and Reeb Willms: 6:30 to 10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, Mardi Gras Ballroom, 615 S. 9th St., Boise. Concert from 7 to 8:15, followed by a square dance from 8:30 to 10 p.m. joined by instrumentalists Beth and Tate Mason from Boise. $10 at the door, free for children 13 and younger.

Practice New Year’s Eve Party: 7 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 1, Cinder Wines, 107 E. 44th St., Garden City. Music by Regular Sounds and Phantahex (performing the music of Electric Light Orchestra), Boise Rockeoke, Radio Boise DJs, silent auction, electric car raffle, beer and wine available. Fundraiser for Radio Boise. $15 at eventbrite.com.

The Best of Pat McManus: A Farewell to Nampa: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, Nampa Civic Center, 311 3rd St. S. Highlights favorite McManus stories and characters, and shares some of the back stories behind the comedies. $19-$24. ICTickets, 208-442-3232.

An Evening of Allman Brothers Music: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, Sapphire Room, The Riverside Hotel, 2900 W. Chinden Blvd., Boise. Featuring Jeff Engelbert, Jennifer Lea, Matt Kelso, Erik Levinson, Kent Kiser, Darin Kuntupis and Russ Pfeifer. $15 general, $20 preferred. eventbrite.com. $20 and $25 at the door.

Aaron Watson: 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, Knitting Factory, 416 S. 9th St., Boise. Opening: Jon Wolfe. $18. TicketWeb 866-468-7624. $20 day of show.

Dec. 2

Hip Holiday Craft Market: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, Flying M Coffeegarage, 1314 2nd St. S., Nampa. More than 30 local makers and crafters. flyingmcoffee.com.

Soul Pose: 9 a.m. (sold out), 1 p.m. (sold out) and 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, Ford Idaho Center, 16200 Idaho Center Blvd., Nampa. Blacklight yoga session led by a local instructor, suitable for all levels and ages. Each session has a pre-session block party with local vendors, body paint, confetti and more. $19.99, includes yoga mat, towel, namaste bracelet and confetti pack. soulpose.com/location/boise-id.

Claus ‘N Paws: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2 (last admission at 4:30 p.m.), Zoo Boise, 355 Julia Davis Drive. 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. Free. 208-608-7760, zooboise.org.

Krampus Con: 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, 7211 W. Colonial St., Boise. Treasure Valley’s Winter Comic-Con. Free.

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

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

Killarney Irish Dancers: 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, Borah High School auditorium, 6001 W. Cassia St., Boise. $10. 208-488-0505, killarneydance.com.

Rolling Stones Concert Experience: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, Sapphire Room, The Riverside Hotel, 2900 W. Chinden Blvd., Boise. $20 general, $24 preferred. eventbrite.com. $25 and $29 at the door.

Nathaniel Rateliff and The Night Sweats: 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, Knitting Factory, 416 S. 9th St., Boise. 94.9 The River Concert for Cause benefits The Women’s and Children’s Alliance. Sold out.

Dec. 3

December Joy with Essential Jazz: 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, Sapphire Room, The Riverside Hotel, 2900 W. Chinden Blvd., Boise. $13 general, $17 preferred. eventbrite.com. $18 and $22 at the door.

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

The Price is Right Live: 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise. Interactive stage show that gives eligible individuals the chance to “Come On Down” and play classic games from television’s longest running game show. $37.50-$57.50. Ticketmaster, 208-426-1110.

Dec. 5

Big Head Todd and The Monsters: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5, Revolution Center, 4983 N. Glenwood St., Garden City. $25 general ($30 door), $55 VIP. Ticketfly, 877-435-9849.

Big Gigantic: 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5, Knitting Factory, 416 S. 9th St., Boise. Opening: Brasstracks. $25. TicketWeb, 866-468-7624. $28 day of show.

Casey Donahew Band Album Release Party: 9 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5, Whiskey Jacques, 251 N. Main St., Ketchum. $22 at whiskeyjacques.com, $25 day of show. 208-726-5297.

Dec. 6

Casey Donahew: 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6, Knitting Factory, 416 S. 9th St., Boise. $18. TicketWeb, 866-468-7624. $20 day of show.

Deorro: 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6, Revolution Center, 4983 N. Glenwood St., Garden City. $15-$20 general, $35 VIP. Ticketfly, 877-435-9849.

Dec. 7

Twilight Christmas Market: Noon to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, Meridian City Hall, 33 E. Broadway Ave. Indoor-outdoor holiday shopping featuring locally hand-crafted gift items, seasonal foods and holiday treats along with mulled wine, crafted beers and live entertainment. christmasinmeridian.org.

Buy Idaho Holiday Market: 4 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, 328 S. 8th St., Boise. First Thursday pop-up shop feature made in Idaho products, Idaho brews and music. buyidaho.org/event-2682707.

First Thursday Mini Pop-Up Market: 5 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, Barbarian Brewing, 1022 W. Main St., Boise. Locally-curated market, craft beer.

Ida Ho Ho Live: 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, The Record Exchange, 1105 W. Idaho St., Boise. In celebration of the release of the eighth Ida Ho Ho holiday CD which benefits Women’s and Children’s Alliance. Lounge on Fire, Belinda Bowler and Zack Quintana Band scheduled to perform. Free.

Lime and a Coconut Thai Cuisine Popup Dinner: 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, Guru Donuts, 928 W. Main St., Boise. Prefixed menu with regional dishes from around Thailand. $35. squareup.com/store/lime-and-a-coconut.

Foo Fighters: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, Ford Idaho Center, 16200 Idaho Center Blvd., Nampa. $51, $81 and $101. ICTickets, 208-442-3232.

Chad Prather: 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, Knitting Factory, 416 S. 9th St., Boise. $18 and $22. TicketWeb, 866-468-7624. $24 day of show.

Dec. 8

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

Family Holiday Concert: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise. 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. $10 general, $8 seniors, $2 children and non-BSU students. Ticketmaster, 208-426-1110.

Sonos Handbell Ensemble: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, Four Rivers Cultural Center, 676 S.W. 6th Ave., Ontario. $10. 541-889-8191.

Unsane: 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, Neurolux, 111 N. 11th St., Boise. Opening: Plaque Marks, Ghostbox, Culito. $15. TicketWeb, 866-468-7624, or at the door.

Dec. 9

Pancake Breakfast with Santa: 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 9, Keller Williams, 1065 S. Allante Place, Boise. Includes free professional photos with Santa and ornament crafts for the kids. Free. RSVP preferred but no required at eventrsvp@fivedoors.com. 208-472-8604.

Children’s Winterland Festival: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, Boys and Girls Club, 911 N. Meridian Road, Meridian. Pictures with Santa, cookie decorating, Christmas crafts, trolley rides, games, more. Free with Meridian Food Bank donation. christmasinmeridian.org.

National Hobby Shop Day: Noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, Jerry’s Rookie Shop, 3021 W. State St., Boise. Thirty percent off all open-stock memorabilia. Free pizza party, packs and supplies. Selection of free packs/supplies TBD. Free. 208-338-3828.

Hank Patterson’s Camp Hawgadawgadaa: 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., Boise. $10. egyptiantheatre.net.

MahaVia Flamenco: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, Sapphire Room, The Riverside Hotel, 2900 W. Chinden Blvd., Boise. Special guest: Oliver Thompson on violin. $15 general, $20 preferred. eventbrite.com. $20 and $25 at the door.

Dec. 10

Brit Floyd: 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10, Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise. $39.50, $49.50 and $59.50. Ticketmaster, 208-426-1110.

Dec. 11

Lindsey Stirling: 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 11, Idaho Falls Civic Auditorium, 501 S. Holmes Ave., Idaho Falls. $39-$69. idahofallsarts.org.

Dec. 12

Helping High Homecoming: 7 to 10 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12, JUMP, 1000 W. Myrtle St., Boise. Music, live and silent auctions, more. Benefits the Frank Church Foundation for Student Achievement. $50. helpinghighhomecoming.com.

Dec. 13

Ida Ho Ho Benefit Concert: 6 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 13, Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St., Garden City. Featuring Lounge on Fire, Pure Ivy, Belinda Bowler, Swillbilly, Steve Fulton and many others. Benefits the Women’s and Children’s Alliance. $12 at eventbrite.com, $15 at the door.

Jonny Fritz: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 13, The Olympic, 1009 Main St., Boise. $13. eventbrite.com.

“It’s a Frim Fram 4 Christmas”: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 13, Sapphire Room, The Riverside Hotel, 2900 W. Chinden Blvd., Boise. $20 general, $24 preferred. eventbrite.com. $25 and $29 at the door.

Dec. 14

Esme Patterson: 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14, The Olympic, 1009 Main St., Boise. Opening: Susto, With Child. $13. eventbrite.com.

Colter Wall: 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14, Neurolux, 111 N. 11th St., Boise. $10. TicketWeb, 866-468-7624. $12 at the door.

Dec. 16

Hot Cards + Cold Beer: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, Powderhaus Brewing Company, 9719 W. Chinden Blvd., Garden City. Sports and entertainment cards, memorabilia and collectibles. Hosted by Jerry’s Rookie Shop. Free. 208-338-3828.

Wreaths Across America Ceremony: 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, Idaho State Veterans Cemetery, 10100 N. Horseshoe Bend Road, Boise. Community is invited to attend the brief outdoor ceremony and then take part in placing the wreaths on the graves and columbarium of more than 4,200 veterans and family members who are interred at the cemetery. To donate a wreath, go to wreathsacrossamerica.org or call 208-995-1640, wreaths4idahovets@gmail.com. For every two wreaths sponsored, a third wreath is donated by Wreaths Across America. Deadline for wreath donations is Monday, Nov. 27.

“Holiday Harmony” Christmas Concert and Bake Sale: Bake sale at 1 p.m. and concert at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, Cathedral of the Rockies, 717 N. 11th St., Boise. Presented by Capital City Sound Chorus. $7 at the door, free for children 12 and younger. capitalcitysound.org.

Oh What Fun! Fashion Show: 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, Voxn Clothing, 778 W. Broad St., Boise. Local models, dancers, musicians and designs. Hot drinks available. Portion of proceeds benefits the Women’s and Children’s Alliance. $20. 208-392-1112, voxnclothing.com.

Dec. 21

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas: 3 and 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 21, Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise. $37.50-$70. Ticketmaster, 208-426-1110.

Q Morrow Band: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 21, Cinder Wines, 107 E. 44th St., Garden City. $10 general, $15 preferred. Brown Paper Tickets.

Dec. 22

Bowling with Santa: 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 22, Wahooz Family Fun Zone/Pinz Bowling, 1385 S. Blue Marlin Lane, Meridian (next to Roaring Springs). Kids will get unlimited bowling, shoe rentals, cookies and hot cocoa, and plenty of Santa time for $10. Family members can join in the fun for $10. 208-898-0900, wahoozfunzone.com.

Kodak Black: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 22, Revolution Center, 4983 N. Glenwood St., Garden City. $40-$45 general ($50 door), $75 VIP. Ticketfly, 877-435-9849.

Dec. 30

Zoso: The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 30, Knitting Factory, 416 S. 9th St., Boise. $20. TicketWeb, 866-468-7624.

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