As the weather gets colder and we have already had our first snowfall, we are thinking about the holiday season and what we can do to get out and have some fun! 

From ice skating, to holiday shopping there is not a shortage of wintertime activities in the Boise Metro! We have compiled a list of some of our favorite things to do during the colder months! 

Ice Skating

There are so many different places to ice skate in the Valley. One of our favorites on the list is ice skating at Indian Creek Plaza, starting November 18th, they have a large area to skate and have transformed the plaza into a winter wonderland straight from a Hallmark movie. There is also a smaller ice skating rink at the Village in Meridian and an indoor rink with free skate at Idaho Ice World. All of the locations offer skate rentals. 

Bogus Basin Recreational Area

Bogus Basin has an abundance of activities for you during the winter months! Alpine skiing and snowboarding being their main attraction, hitting the slopes is something you will want to try. If skiing isn't your thing don't worry you can also go down the tubing hill, Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, fat-tire biking, and a terrain park.

Visit Local Hot Springs

Escape the chilly weather and relax in some hot springs. Just a quick trip up the mountain is the Springs Resort Hot Springs Retreat in Idaho City which is a relaxing, spa-like getaway for anyone. 30 minutes outside of Caldwell and Nampa is Givens Hot Springs, where they have a large swimming and no reservation is required! 

Gateway Parks at Eagle Island State Park

This tubing area is unlike any other. It is super kid friendly and is a great spot to have some family fun and you don't have to travel as far as Bogus Basin! The goal of Gateway Parks is to make snow sports more accessible for kids by being open 7 days a week and giving back a portion of their revenue to the communities recreational programs. No need to bring any equipment with you just show up in your snow gear and have fun! 

Cutting down a Christmas Tree

There's nothing better than the smell of a Christmas Tree in your home, and what better way to get one then chopping down yourself from the Boise National Forrest! You can find the rules and regulations, map, and where you can purchase a permit HERE. Make sure to bring a saw, your tree permit, tow rope, straps to tie down the tree, weather appropriate clothing, and food and water. Note that most roads are not plowed so make sure to drive slowly and safely! 

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