EVENT DATE : November 18-December 24

Visit Santa in his cozy house beginning November 18. Santa will be available for visitors noon to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Santa takes a break daily to check on his reindeer from 3:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

EVENT DATE : November 19, 12:00AM - November 19, 3:00AM

Bowl the evening away with cosmic bowling, raffles, silent auctions, photo-ops and much more to benefit the world's rhino population! Cost is $25 per person or $175 for a lane—up to 8 bowlers. All ages welcome.   

EVENT DATE : December 1-2

The hilarious tale of Buddy, an orphan who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag and is transported to the North Pole. Unaware he's actually human, Buddy’s enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy leaves for New York City to find his birth father, discover his true identity and help New York remember the meaning of Christmas.  

EVENT DATE : December 1-31

Born in Ontario, Oregon, in 1947, celebrated artist Cheryl K. Shurtleff grew up on a fruit ranch near Payette and went to college in Boise. "The Road is Wider than Long" explores Shurtleff’s complex body of work, which has a strong bent toward the uncanny, mysterious and surreal. The exhibit will be featured through May 2018.

EVENT DATE : December 1 and 3

Opera Idaho will present “Amahl and the Night Visitors,” an opera in one act by Gian Carlo Menotti, at The Egyptian Theatre. The December 1 show will begin at 7:30 p.m., while the December 3 performance will begin at 2:30 p.m. Tickets range from $26-$36 and can be purchased at 1718.OperaIdaho.org.

EVENT DATE : December 5

The Cabin’s free and open writing workshop is held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month. December's event is hosted by Heidi Kraay, who will create unique prompts designed to inspire a supportive community of local writers.

EVENT DATE : December 6

Millennial Choirs & Orchestras ushers in the holiday season with "Joy to the World: Christmas Around the World." Featuring some of the most beloved holiday favorites from across the globe, MCO's annual Christmas concert will feature hundreds of musicians. 

EVENT DATE : December 7

First Thursday takes place on the first Thursday of each month, throughout downtown Boise. The event takes place from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and focuses on providing downtown visitors the chance to stroll through the unique shops and galleries in downtown while enjoying in-store entertainment and special events. 

EVENT DATE : December 9

Bring your family to the symphony at the Morrison Center for an evening of holiday carols and cheer. Special guests include the Boise Philharmonic Master Chorale and other solo vocalists. Holiday Pops mesmerizes listeners with familiar repertoire and singalong while inspiring joyful memories of holidays past. 

EVENT DATE : December 13

A Q&A regarding how to help children with social/emotional health concerns in 2017. The event will highlight the importance of understanding the challenges children face, what role parents can play and how to start a conversation to help. Ages 18 and up.    

EVENT DATE : December 14

December 14 is the Old Pen's birthday as a historic site. Help the Old Pen, 2445 Old Penitentiary Road, celebrate for just $1. The Old Pen is open from noon to 5 p.m. Last admission is at 4:15 p.m.  

EVENT DATE : December 15-17

Ballet Idaho continues the beloved holiday tradition of the timeless classic, "The Nutcracker." Celebrate the season in glittering fashion — an elegant holiday party for the children, magical mice, Clara’s life-size Nutcracker doll’s transformation into the handsome prince, and a beautiful swirling snow scene.  

EVENT DATE : December 15

Demystify the difficulty of woodworking, connect with creative women and build the confidence to make projects a reality in this class. You'll learn different approaches to woodworking, become adept at using tools and create a cutting board (and potential holiday gift) from start to finish. The class begins at 6:30 p.m.   

EVENT DATE : December 21

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis has been an American holiday tradition for more than 30 years. Davis has created a show that features classics along with compositions from Davis’s Fresh Aire series, which introduced the distinctive Mannheim sound to all of America.

EVENT DATE : December 31

The Idaho Potato Drop will once again be hosted on the grounds of the Idaho Statehouse for 2018. This event is entertaining for the entire family. Come enjoy the variety of live music on the main stage and warmth, entertainment and vendors inside the family tent.