December 20, 2021

8 Best Winter Activities in Boise, ID

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If snow-capped mountains, exhilarating outdoor activities, and fun family experiences sound like the perfect winter, then you’ll love all the things there are to do this season in Boise, Idaho! There are endless ways to enjoy the natural winter wonderland, and plenty of ways to warm up, too. Here are a few of our top things to do this winter in Boise:

In and Around Town

1)Holidays in the City

November 26 – December 31, 2021

Come out and support Downtown Boise this winter season and enjoy all that this lively neighborhood has to offer! Events include Shop Small Saturday, Winter Window Walk, City Santa, the Holiday Tree, and December First Thursday. There will be decorated window displays, promotions, and family-friendly events throughout the season.

2)Winter Garden aGlow 

November 25 – December 31, 2021 (Wednesday through Sunday)

As if the Idaho Botanical Garden wasn’t beautiful enough, during the holiday season it transforms into a twinkling wonderland. Experience 500,000 lights artfully hung among the landscapes, grab hot chocolate and snacks from a food truck, and strike a pose at the Holiday Selfie Station.

3)Winter Sports at Bogus Basin

All Season Long

This year-round mountain recreation destination comes alive during the winter when fresh snow falls. Entire families can snowboard, ski, tube, snowshoe, or glide down the mountain coaster!

4)Sledding in Camel’s Back Park

All Season Long

Every year, the City of Boise prepares this public park for safe sledding fun! Bring the whole family and enjoy this popular winter activity.

5)Ice Skating at Indian Creek Plaza

All Season Long

Pack your skates, or better yet, just bring yourself to the outdoor ice skating rink in Downtown Caldwell, just a 40-minute drive from Boise! Rent skates, take lessons, or book a party and enjoy a day or evening of skating with family and friends.

6) Horse-Drawn Sleigh Ride

Various Locations near Boise

Enjoy an experience unlike any other on a horse-drawn sleigh ride through a snow-covered forest! Sleigh rides are available at Sun Valley, Garden Valley, or Donnelly.

A Quick Getaway

7)The Springs at Idaho City

All Season Long

Enjoy a 2.5-hour soak in a state-of-the-art pool fed by a natural hot spring, just about an hour’s drive from Boise. With the backdrop of snow-covered mountains, it’s one of the most relaxing and therapeutic winter experiences around.

8)McCall Winter Carnival


January 28 – February 6, 2022

Come see larger-than-life snow sculptures, enjoy events and attractions, and just play in the snow at this popular week-long festival in McCall, about 2.5 hours north of Boise. Plan to spend a few days: it’s well worth the trip!

As you’re out and about this winter, you’re welcome to stop by and warm up at any of our new home communities throughout Boise. We have quick move-in homes available now, as well as spacious, modern floor plans that you can start building today! Contact us for more information or to schedule an appointment.