Get out: Ways to spend your Saturday

With Christmas fast approaching, last-minute holiday shopping can be done at the Art Museum of Eastern Idaho.

Art exhibits

The Art Museum of Eastern Idaho, 300 S. Capital Ave., features three art exhibits. The museum is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday, excluding Thursday when it is open until 8 p.m. Admission is $4 for adults, $2 for youth and students with ID, $10 for family and free for children under 5. The first Saturday of every month, there is waived admission. Call 208-524-7777 or visit

ART Idaho is the museum’s 10th biennial juried competition. The exhibit displays various works from artists across the state.

In the Corridor Gallery, artwork from The Colored Pencil Society of America, District 217, is displayed.

In the Studio Gallery, ARTmart, the museum’s annual shopping event, takes place, featuring original art by the museum’s artists.

Olde Fashioned Christmas and Winter Festivals

The Museum of Idaho’s annual exhibit Olde Fashioned Christmas and Winter Festivals runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The exhibit features Santa Claus figurines, nativities from various cultures around the world, gingerbread houses and decorated Christmas trees. The exhibit doesn’t focus only on Christmas; it also explores different global holiday traditions. Admission is free. The museum is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday. This exhibit is open until Dec. 30 and will be closed Christmas Day. Visit or call 208-522-1400.

“Santa’s Magic Key”

Barnes and Noble hosts a holiday story time at 11 a.m. at 2300 E. 17th St. The featured book is “Santa’s Magic Key” by Eric James, which tells of a young boy who questions how Santa will enter his home without a chimney. Activities will follow the reading. Visit or call 208-552-1452.

Horse-drawn trolley rides

Horse-drawn trolley rides run for the final time this year from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Civitan Plaza, Park Avenue and B Street. Visit or call 208-535-0399.

Light festival

The city of Rexburg runs its festival light show every 30 minutes from 6 p.m. to midnight daily through Jan. 2. Themed shows are held each weekend. Details and showtimes can be accessed at