TWIN FALLS — Beyond Black Friday shopping, there’s another option for entertaining your family the day after Thanksgiving.
The longtime yearly “Christmas in the Nighttime Sky” event is Friday at Kimberly Nurseries Landscape & Irrigation in Twin Falls.
It’s held the Friday after Thanksgiving as a kick off to the Christmas season. And it has become a tradition for many families.
“We thought it was as good of a time as any to have that event,” said event organizer Dave Wright with Kimberly Nurseries. “A lot of families are together for Thanksgiving.”
This year’s event will include a free chili and potato dinner with fountain drinks, hot chocolate and coffee, live music by The Church Family Band, bonfires and a fireworks display.
Admission to the event is one new, unwrapped toy per family. Toys will be given to KMVT’s Christmas for Kids program, which provides assistance to Magic Valley children in need.
Last year, Christmas in the Nighttime Sky drew 2,815 guests, who brought 2,447 toys, five wagons filled with toys and 19 bicycles.
Want to attend this year’s event? Organizers say you’ll need to park in the Kmart parking lot. A free shuttle will be provided to Kimberly Nurseries.
Kimberly Nurseries is among eight major sponsors of the event. Others are Gray Television, HUB International, Idaho Central Credit Union, Snake Harley-Davidson, Swire Coca-Cola, Townsquare Media and Tradesmen Staffing.
Christmas in the Nighttime Sky was created in 1990 by Kimberly Nurseries founder Jack Wright.
“It was the brainchild of my father,” Dave Wright said. “He did it for a year or two in Elko, Nev., a couple of years before we started doing it here.”
Now, Christmas in the Nighttime Sky is a trademarked event held in several other communities across Idaho and the United States, including in Pocatello, Idaho Falls, Utah, Minnesota and Alaska.
Wright said: “We’re hoping it will grow to even more.”