by Mayor Tammy
This past summer, I put together a “Top 5” list of things to do in Meridian. Since most students in the area will soon have the next couple weeks off from school, and families will be looking to spend quality time together, I decided to put together a “Top 5” Holiday Family Fun list in Meridian!
5. Christmas in Meridian Events
I am really looking forward to this year’s all new Twilight Christmas Market. We’ve always hosted a market as part of Christmas in Meridian but this year’s is larger and is sure to be a magical event! The market is on Thursday, Dec. 7th from 12pm-8pm at Meridian City Hall and will feature a variety of locally hand-crafted gift items, seasonal foods, holiday treats, mulled wine, craft beers, and live entertainment.
Other events include the Children’s Winterland Festival on Saturday, Dec. 9th, the Downtown Lights Business Decorating Contest happening now (vote here), and we have Santa’s mailbox set up outside Meridian City Hall so children can write letters to Santa and they will receive a reply! Get all of the details on these events and activities at www.meridiancity.org/christmas.
4. Meridian Businesses Get in the Spirit
There are so many businesses locally that get in to the Christmas spirit. In Downtown Meridian, the Christmas Tree at Generations Plaza lights up the area and restaurants and businesses are featuring specials and live entertainment.
At the Village at Meridian, there is another grand Christmas Tree that you can enjoy while ice skating or shopping in the square. You can also get a picture with Santa and bring your pets on Mondays so they can meet the jolly happy soul as well!
And of course the lights at Scentsy! This year, Scentsy has 724,000 twinkling lights, including a tunnel of lights that you can walk through! On Dec. 11th and 12th from 6pm-8:30pm Scentsy is hosting a free evening of music, lights, and hot chocolate in the Scentsy Commons – at Eagle Road and Pine Avenue. This is a popular event so plan on arriving early to get a good spot!
3. Meridian Parks
Nothing beats a friendly game of football or, after a good snow-fall, making snow angels or a snowball fight with loved ones. If you are looking to do something as a family outdoors, give Disc Golf a try. You can head out to Settlers Park or Bear Creek Park to enjoy this fun activity for people of all ages. Also, don’t forget we have paved pathways in our parks and throughout the City, if you need to get out and run or walk off some holiday calories.
When the snow does fly, many people head to the hill by the Kleiner Park band shell to do some sledding. You can also grab your cross county skis or snowshoes and head out to any of our parks for an afternoon of great exercise.
2. Initial Point Gallery
If you are looking for something FREE to do indoors – check out the Initial Point Gallery on the third floor of Meridian City Hall. This month features artist Joni Frey and the Idaho Gourd Society. The gallery is open Monday – Friday, 8am-5pm.
1. Little Free Library
And while you are at City Hall, stop by the Little Free Library in the outdoor plaza. The library is stocked with Christmas books throughout the month. Come by to pick up some great Christmas reading and you can also leave your own holiday favorites for another Meridian family to enjoy.
BONUS: Meridian Christmas Lights Tour!
Finally – bundle up the kiddos, make some hot chocolate, hop in the car and check out the Christmas Light Displays in Meridian Neighborhoods!
Your tour should include: The Montgomery Family Light Show at 1728 E. Summerridge Drive! ‘Lights only’ on Sundays – otherwise, music and lights till 10pm weekdays and 11pm on Saturday. Tune to 95.9 to listen to the music. Or there’s a great display on Valentino Street in the Paramount subdivision that is always a popular stop! They raise funds for a different charity each year. The neighborhoods really shine bright this time of year – and it’s fun to see the creativity of our residents!
Enjoy this time with your family and friends. Please be safe as you navigate this busy season. I look forward to seeing you out and about in #MyMeridian!
You can always check out more events online on our website – www.meridiancity.org.
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