Merry Christmas week! What better prelude to it than a weekend of craft-making, market-strolling goodness? Visions of sugarplums and such, everywhere you look. Dream by the tree, sip something warm, roast chestnuts on an open fire, and just take it all in.

If you need something to read over the next few weeks, the Appetite for Idaho book is available!

Send $18 to:
Amy Larson
119 S. Valley Drive, Suite A #218
Nampa, ID 83686

Wishing you and yours a wonderful holiday season.

WaterShed Weekend: Holiday Extravaganza
Sat., Dec. 20, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Boise WaterShed 11818 W. Joplin Road, Boise
Another fun WaterShed Weekend where you’ll get to recycle old holiday cards into new ones, or make gift tags. You can even make gorgeous ornaments and decorations from reusable household items. Holiday carols by a local choir, tasty treats for everyone, and Santa and Mrs. Claus. FREE.

Festival of Lights with Fleet Street Klezmer Band
Sat., Dec. 20, 1-3 p.m.
Boise International Market 5823 W. Franklin Road, Boise
A Festival of Lights celebration with Eastern European, Russian, Klezmer and Roma tradition folk music, and traditional dances. FREE.

Saturday Art Afternoon
Sat., Dec. 20, 1 p.m.
Library at Collister 4724 W. State St., Boise
You can make not one but two hardcover journals. One for you, one to give away at Christmas! Amy Nack, local art educator, printmaker, and Wingtip Press owner teaches this fun class that’s limited to 12 participants. Reserve your spot at the library. FREE.

Downtown Boise City Santa
Saturdays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Continues through Dec. 20
D.L. Evans Bank 213 N. Ninth St., Boise Boise Downtown and Fringe (map)
For a small donation, children can tell Santa their Christmas wishes and have their picture taken with the Jolly Old Elf on First Thursday and Saturdays through Dec. 20. Proceeds benefit the Children's Home Society. By donation

Boise Farmers Market
Saturdays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Continues through Dec. 20
Boise Farmers Market 516 S. Eighth St., Boise
Cranberries, dates, local chestnuts, winter produce, free-range and grass-fed meats, award-winning Idaho wines, cheeses and specialty foods, and fresh baked breads and holiday pastries. December 20: Meyer lemons, Eureka lemons, limes tangelos and oranges from Idaho Tropical Fruit Company. FREE

Capital City Public Market
Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. Continues through Dec. 20
Capital City Public Market Eighth Street between Main and Bannock streets, Boise
Booths upon booths of locally grown deliciousness, arts, crafts, and items for the household.
Saturdays through Dec. 20. FREE

Smoky Mountain Pizza Holiday Party
Wed., Dec. 24, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Smoky Mountain Pizzeria Grill-Eagle 127 E. State St., Eagle
Free pizza party for Treasure Valley children hosted by Smoky Mountain Pizzeria (in Eagle only). Pizza, pop, holiday music, exciting activities and…Santa! FREE.

Boise State Public Radio: A Christmas Carol
Wed., Dec. 24, 7 p.m. and Thu., Dec. 25, 6 p.m.
It’s a holiday tradition! Boise State Public Radio and the Morrison Center present a rebroadcast of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, recorded live in 2011 as a part of the Velma V. Morrison Center's Family Reading Series. This can be heard on KBSU 90.3 FM in the Treasure Valley, KBSM 91.7 FM in McCall and KBSW 91.7 FM in the Magic Valley. Also available on livestream at FREE

Christmas Eve Dinner and Candlelight Service
Wed., Dec. 24, 6-8 p.m.
Delicious turkey dinner followed by an inspiring candlelight service at Living Waters Church, 3967 Pershing Drive, Boise. FREE