November 13, 2017 –    11,000 pounds of blue spruce was skillfully delivered to The Grove Plaza this morning. The giant tree was moved from a home in the Boise State University neighborhood. It will become the centerpiece for the city’s holiday celebrations, with the tree lighting scheduled for Friday, November 24.

“We just wanted the city to have an awesome Christmas tree,” said Rusty Cook of Cook Brothers Construction in Boise. Rusty and his brother Mike own the property on the 1300 block of Euclid where the tree had sat in front of a small home for approximately 30 years. The Cook Brothers plan to improve the property by adding additional housing and thought the tree would be valuable as a donation.

“Christmas is our favorite holiday”, said Rusty.

Tree Lighting Celebration: The lighting of the Downtown Boise tree is a holiday tradition for hundreds of families. Boise Mayor David Bieter will light the tree during the candlelit celebration presented by Zions Bank.

  • When: November 24
  • Time: 5:00 – 6:30pm
  • Where: The Grove Plaza, Downtown Boise

Entertainment will be provided by Red Light Challenge, the Boise Men’s and Women’s Choruses.

A Giving Tree.  Gift tags will surround the tree during the lighting ceremony. Each tag has a wish list item from the Women’s and Children’s Alliance available to anyone willing to fulfill the wish. Items should be dropped off at the WCA, 720 W. Washington St. in Boise, or at the following Zions Bank financial centers:

  • 800 W. Main Street, Boise
  • 6176 N. Eagle Road, Boise
  • 3715 E. Overland Road, Meridian
  • 2121 W. Karcher Road, Nampa
  • 509 S. Kimball Avenue, Caldwell



The Boise Tree Lighting ceremony is proudly produced by the Downtown Boise Association. For more on all the festive Christmas in the City events, go to

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