Winter Is Coming: Fun Things to Look Forward to in and Around the Treasure Valley

Although you’re likely still settling into fall depending on when you’re reading this, snow, early sunsets, and chilly weather are fast approaching. Winter in the Treasure Valley is truly magical, and the fun doesn’t stop just because the weather is colder. Here are a few things to look forward to.

10Holiday Shopping

If you’re among the many who savor the moment the holiday shopping season officially begins, heading to The Village at Meridian or the Boise Towne Square mall is already high on your list. There truly isn’t anything like rushing around on a brisk Saturday morning in search of deals and crossing everyone off your list. Gear up with comfy shoes, a scarf, a credit card, and a warm coffee and hit the town!

Take a Dip in a Mountain Hot Spring

Taking a dip doesn’t necessarily seem like a winter-friendly activity, but with countless hot springs around the Treasure Valley, it’s high on the list for many locals. You have plenty of options, and whether you want to hike in to find the hot spring or book a stay at a resort, the choice is yours. Going to a hot spring is a great day trip and the perfect way to unwind after a long week.

Follow the Lights

As the nights start to get longer the sky lights up with decorations, so marvel at the holiday lights in your neighborhood and at the Idaho Botanical Garden. Every winter, they put on the Winter Garden aGlow event from late November through early January. It’s truly something that you have to see for yourself, as there are over 400,000 dazzling lights elegantly strung throughout the gardens. Bundle up because it can get pretty cold, but luckily there will be hot chocolate available.

Musicals Galore

It’s hardly a secret that the live music Boise has to offer is superb. From top-notch touring acts to local legends, no matter your taste, you can find a musical event you’re sure to love practically every night of the week. During the winter season, local theaters break out their songbooks and put on classes and some of your new favorite musicals. Browse the local events calendar to see what’s coming up next, but some highlights to expect this winter include A Christmas Story, the Musical at the Morrison Center, plus Fiddler on the Roof in early 2020.

Family Get-Togethers

There’s something about the winter season that brings us together. Mostly because holidays like Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Hanukkah are typically family events, but the chilly air outside also naturally brings us together. While you can flex your culinary muscles and host a dinner, you’d be remiss not to visit one of the many downtown Boise restaurants with your family. Chandlers, for example, is ready to welcome you with fine dining to keep the chill at bay, and the atmosphere is enough to keep everyone chatting and enjoying each other’s company for hours.

About Chandlers

Opened in 2007, Chandlers stands as one of the best downtown Boise restaurants because of their world-class steak selections, some of the freshest seafood Boise offers, live music, and sophisticated atmosphere. Chandlers is the go-to place for fine dining in the Treasure Valley and is frequently ranked highly in local and national polls. Along with premium menu offerings, they also feature talented jazz musicians performing in the lounge nightly to complete the experience. Whether you’re coming for a special occasion like a birthday or anniversary, enjoying a holiday get-together with family, or treating clients to a private business lunch, Chandlers is the place to go.

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