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Viewing Christmas Lights in Idaho Falls

I love bright, shiny things. Not jewelry. I can take or leave most of that. What I really love are fireworks and Christmas lights. So much. Since it’s Christmas time, I thought I would take a shot at viewing Christmas lights in Idaho Falls and see what I could find.

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I received a discount from the owner of the Villas Downtown Loft in exchange for my review. All opinions are 100% my own and from my experience.

AirBnB

December also happens to be my wedding anniversary month. In the last 2 1/2 months, my husband has had both of his knees replaced. Since we travel all over for his work, we don’t have an actual home, so we’ve been staying with his mom. So super nice of her, but for our anniversary, we wanted a quick, inexpensive get away. We’ve had excellent luck with AirBnB, so I checked out their website, found a lovely loft available for our dates right downtown and booked it!

 

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Have you ever stayed in an AirBnb? In case you have not, let me explain them to you. They are private homes where you either rent a room, a suite or the full place for your stay. We like to stay in the places that are full rentals because I like to have a kitchen and my privacy. The places we have stayed are owned by local people, so the money stays in the communities we are visiting. That’s a huge plus to us. If you’ve never stayed in an AirBnb before, you can sign up for a free account and receive a $40 credit on your first stay using my referral link.

Villas Downtown Loft History

In Idaho Falls, as in a lot of towns, the city is working on restoring the historical downtown areas. It’s slow going, but I really love the effort they are putting into the restoration. The Villas are beautiful lofts that have been built in the old Montgomery Wards building, above existing businesses.

I looked for some history on the building, because I was curious, and couldn’t find much. I did learn that it was build in 1928-1929 and that it was added to the National Register on Aug. 30, 1984. When the lofts were started, they found that the original birch wood floors were still in good shape, so they were kept in tact. They are really pretty floors too.

 

Our Loft

When I was looking for a place to stay, I picked this particular place because it was given five stars and the hosts, Carlos and Cathy, are Super Hosts. Yay for us! I also loved that it was downtown so that we could walk anywhere we wanted to go. Who wants to spend a bunch of your down time in a car, unless you’re on a road trip?

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We entered the loft and were immediately happy with our selection. It is really a beautiful place, with no detail forgotten. Everything was clean and comfortable and fit our needs perfectly. I also love the little touches in the décor around the loft. I’m not sure where the large windows came from, but they are such interesting pieces.

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Since we have lived in Idaho Falls, off and on, since before we were married, we know the area and our favorite places very well. However, for the new visitor, Carlos and Cathy have areas with brochures for things to do and menus of close restaurants. They also have bikes you can borrow to ride around the river in good weather.

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If you find yourself staying in Idaho Falls, I can’t recommend Villas Downtown Loft enough. You will love it and hate to leave when your time is finished. Find the listing on the AirBnB site.

Walking Around Downtown

Downtown Idaho Falls is a relatively safe place to walk. The shops close pretty early, but there are loads of restaurants and bars that stay open into the evening and night. We decided to take a walk to look in a couple of shops and stretch our legs. Really, the walk was for my husband to exercise his new knees.

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We came across someplace neither of us knew about, Pugsslane Art. It’s an alley where local artists can paint on the walls, with permission. We found this picture my husband is standing by from the cartoon Rick and Morty. I’ve not seen it, but my daughter thinks it’s a hoot. She loves it. The alley was a fun find for us.

Viewing Christmas Lights in Idaho Falls

There are many options for viewing Christmas lights in Idaho Falls. There are families who go all out with their lights, timing them to musical montages you can hear on your car radio. Does every town have these places? I don’t know, but the work that must go into them is impressive to say the least. I really love these places. Below are nine places in the Idaho Falls area where you will ooo and ahh your way through, in no particular order.

Downtown

Civitan Park

Located on the corner of Park and B streets, Civitan Park is a tiny park that is all done up for Christmas. With trees in the park decorated by local school children and businesses and it’s a nice little walk through the park.

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Memorial Drive

Memorial Drive is along the Snake River downtown and an easy walk from the loft we stayed. There you will find the trees all lit up for your enjoyment. Take a little walk along the river in the Christmas lights to get yourself some Christmas spirit.

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West Side

Owens Family

1385 Lowell Drive

Tune your radio to 88.5

The Owens Family has been providing Christmas lights enjoyment to the community for 12 years and is actually the first house I ever saw in person where the lights are put to Christmas music. I was in awe that first year and have visited every Christmas I’ve been in town since. The show runs 30 minutes long. It’s in a neighborhood, so please be mindful of the people who live there.

In Town

Walker’s House

21st and North Boulevard

This house is huge and done up so beautifully. They allow you to drive through their property in their circle lot and see all the sites. I especially love it because they have a manger scene, which is my favorite thing to see during Christmas.

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Candy Cane Lane

Hartert Lane off of Sunnyside and Holmes

I’ve gone to this street since I moved to Idaho Falls in 1989. Each of the homes has candy canes at the end of their lawns and most are lit up in some fashion. It isn’t as festive as it once was, but it’s still fun to see. On the opposite side of Holmes, on Hartert, there is a home that always has loads of lights and sometimes Santa is even there for the kids to visit.

Stonebrook Estates

North Boulevard, across Sunnyside

This neighborhood has loads of big homes and almost all of them have beautiful lights to behold. Drive slow. There are also lots of kids.

East Side

Edward’s Drive

3280 E Edwards Dr.
Tune to 87.9 FM

This light show is only a few years old, but they are adding to it every year. I haven’t been yet, but I hear it’s great fun. Hopefully I will get there in the next little bit.

Iona

Belnap Family

3453 N. 55th E. Iona

Tune to 102.7

The Belnap family have been running their light show for 10 years. They have music tied to their program and have over 230,000 lights! Can you imagine putting them all up and taking them down? This is a community favorite.

Of course, as you drive around town you will see plenty of other displays. People love to light up their homes in the Christmas spirit. If you live out of town, be sure to look up Villas Downtown Loft and see if it’s available for your accommodation. You won’t be sorry. Don’t forget to use my referral link for a $40 credit.

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Do you love Christmas light like I do? Do places in your town do their homes up like they do in Idaho Falls? I hope you will enjoy viewing Christmas lights in Idaho Falls.

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18 Comments

  • Reply Riana Ang-Canning December 20, 2018 at 5:14 pm

    Christmas lights are the best! My favourite Christmas tradition is driving around town and rating the lights. I also love walking around the light displays. Such a festive time of year! Merry Christmas!

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    • Reply ppadmin December 21, 2018 at 3:59 pm

      How fun to rate them. That’s a fantastic idea! Merry Christmas to you as well.

  • Reply Jackie S. December 20, 2018 at 8:08 pm

    Love seeing how Christmas is celebrated in different parts of the world. Whenever we’re back in the U.S. during the holidays, we also like to drive to the neighborhood that has the big and flashy Christmas lights decorations just like what you see at Walker House. Thanks for the reminder to slow down if driving. You never know who may dash across the street in the evening.

    • Reply ppadmin December 21, 2018 at 3:32 pm

      We enjoy that too. It’s such a fun tradition for me. You can see a lot of creativity.

  • Reply federica December 21, 2018 at 3:46 am

    It’s always interesting discovering Christmas traditions in different areas of the world. The lights decoration you are showing are so magical.

    • Reply ppadmin December 21, 2018 at 3:31 pm

      I agree. I always love seeing all of the lights.

  • Reply Heather Wicksted December 21, 2018 at 10:01 am

    Any place that offers a bike as part of an Air BnB booking is tops in my books! It looks like the sitting area and general ambiance of the place are also really well done. This is one of the reasons that we so enjoy staying at Airbnb’s instead of hotels. If we find ourselves in Idaho Falls, I will check out this Air Bnb for sure!

    • Reply ppadmin December 21, 2018 at 3:30 pm

      You really must. It was such a great place to stay. AirBnBs tend to be much more comfortable to us than hotels.

  • Reply Elizabeth December 21, 2018 at 11:32 am

    I love bright, shiny things too….haha! Driving or walking around and looking at Christmas lights is one of my favorite things to do during the holidays. What a great idea to have your home decorations set to Christmas music! I love the look of Villas Downtown Lofts and that it is in the historic downtown area of Idaho Falls too.

    • Reply ppadmin December 21, 2018 at 2:43 pm

      I’m glad that I’m not alone loving the Christmas lights. My husband is not a fan. We really loved the Villas Loft. Such a treat for us.

  • Reply Namita December 21, 2018 at 11:49 am

    Clearly Christmas is a great look on Idaho falls! Sounds like a real charmer of a place at this time of the year. Really cute and informative post, thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Reply ppadmin December 21, 2018 at 2:39 pm

      Thanks. Idaho Falls looks very nice all dressed up in lights. Of course, I love Christmas lights, so I would think so.

  • Reply Jean December 21, 2018 at 8:47 pm

    Oh that AirBnb looks amazing. I love their funny sayings on the walls 🙂 Makes it feel more like home. And champagne is always a good idea

    • Reply ppadmin January 1, 2019 at 3:42 pm

      Doesn’t it look fantastic?! The quotes were a fun touch.

  • Reply David December 22, 2018 at 4:20 am

    The lights around Idaho Falls make it look really nice. The AirBnB you found looks like a great find! They’ve really thought through a lot of the Christmas lights, looks like you enjoyed it!

    • Reply ppadmin January 1, 2019 at 3:41 pm

      I really love the lights at Christmas. They are so cheery. This was the perfect AirBnB for us. We’ll stay there again.

  • Reply Nicole Hunter December 23, 2018 at 3:41 pm

    The Airbnb looks gorgeous. What a lovely getaway. The lights that you did find were also very nice. After all that surgery, it looks like you guys had a well deserved break in a pretty spot.

    • Reply ppadmin January 1, 2019 at 3:40 pm

      It really was a beautiful place to stay. So happy I found it! Happy New Year!

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