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5 Merry and Bright Holiday Celebrations

Published online: Dec 04, 2023 Events, Family Fun Guide, Holidays
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East Idaho is filled with many magical holiday activities that fill hearts with warmth and cheer. Enjoy festive lights, Christmas music, hot chocolate and more with your family to experience the Christmas joy this holiday season. Check out the five following celebrations to add to your holiday calendar this year:

The Christmas River

Located in Menan, the Christmas River brings Christmas cheer to families all over the area. The river features festive lights, music, hot chocolate and festive characters like Santa Claus and the Grinch. The Christmas-themed village is a must-see for families and friends during the holiday season. For more information, visit

Ice Palace LaBelle Lake

The Ice Palace at LaBelle Lake brings a special sort of holiday joy to families with its ice art formations, ice slides, fire performances, horse drawn sleigh rides and much more! The Ice Palace is illuminated by its festive lights, creating a remarkable experience for both kids and adults and is located in Rigby. Visit to discover this season’s upcoming events, hours and pricing.

Mountain River Ranch

Mountain River Ranch is a popular holiday destination for its entertainment and snowy scenery. For over 30 years, it has been hosting its annual Christmas dinner shows and decorating the village with Christmas lights and music. The ranch gives visitors a merry experience with its delicious beef dinners and a night of music led by Mountain River String Band. Head to to check for dates, times and booking options. 

Owens Family Lights

Join the Owens Family Lights for its final season of music, magic and illumination at 1385 Lowell Drive. This holiday display is nothing short of magical with its thousands of lights and Christmas-themed music. Stop by throughout the whole month of December to experience the 30-minute show. Visit for more information. 

Historic Downtown

Historic Downtown is the hotspot for many memorable events year-round and when the holidays come around, downtown hosts its annual tree-lighting ceremony and other festivities. The annual tree-lighting celebration takes place in November but free trolley rides around the district are offered on Saturdays from 1-4 p.m. through December. Visit for more information. 


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