Holiday lights are twinkling around the state, a winter chill is in the air and it’s the perfect time to enjoy winter festivals throughout Idaho. Whether you’re looking for things to do with holiday company or just exploring for yourself, check out the list of festivals and events below to get started.
Winter Wonderland Christmas Lights at Indian Creek Plaza
Enjoy this family-friendly, free event with over a million sparkling holiday lights in downtown Caldwell. Come together at Indian Creek Plaza for the Winter Wonderland Festival on November 22 for the official lighting of the holiday lights along with ice skating, music, food vendors, character meet and greets, and a free shuttle. If you can’t make it to the festival, the lights sparkle through mid-January.
Winter Garden aGlow
Wander through this winter wonderland with more than 400,000 dazzling lights on display spanning 14 acres on the grounds of the Idaho Botanical Garden. This magical experience starts on November 28 and runs through January 4, 2020.
Coeur d’Alene Holiday Lights Show & Journey to the North Pole Cruise
Recognized as the largest on-the-water holiday light display in the nation, Coeur d’Alene Resort’s Holiday Light Show is nothing short of spectacular. This display was rated one of the best in the country by USA Today’s readers and offers visitors a chance to check out the lights from the water with a delightful Holiday Light Show Lake Cruise that makes a stop to visit Santa Claus at his waterfront North Pole toy workshop.
Historic downtown Lewiston is decked out in more than one million lights that illuminate the trees and walkways in the park as part of this festive display.
Retro Christmas Festival
Celebrate the holiday season with a retro twist. This annual two-weekend festival features a tree-lighting, caroling, a craft fair, and hayrides. During the final day of the festival check out the paw parade and take a picture with Santa.
Scavenger hunts, musical performances, sleigh rides and holiday lights are all part of this December celebration in the Wood River Valley.
Idaho Potato Drop
An unusual way to ring in the new year, the Idaho Potato Drop features a giant glowing potato.
McCall Winter Carnival
This iconic 10-day festival features fireworks over Payette Lake, towering snow sculptures, Torchlight and Mardi Gras Parades, and more.
Wild West Winterfest
A torch-lit snowmobile parade, fireworks, and a vintage snowmobile show are just part of the festivities. Island Park also boasts the longest Main Street in the U.S., coming in at 33 miles!
Vintage Snowmobile Races
Rev it up for some classic snowmobile fun in northern Idaho with these vintage machines. Additional races are held in early and late February.
Fire & Ice Winterfest
Lava Hot Springs
This quirky winter festival features a costumed river float, a parade and fire performers.
Sandpoint Winter Carnival
This 10-day celebration kicks off with a parade of lights. Hit the town for live music, games and special culinary experiences while the fun continues at Schweitzer Mountain Resort.
Say goodbye to cabin fever and embrace the elements during this winter festival. With unusual activities like outhouse races, raft rides and skijoring, it’s sure to be a good time.
Snowbike SnowBeast Grand Prix and Extreme Skijor
Wallace and Mullan
ATVs tow skiers and snowboarders down a snow-packed, downtown Wallace street course at the “Wildest Event in the Rockies,” while pro and amateur motorized snowbike racers from around the West and Canada compete on the grand prix course in Mullan.
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