For those that have reliable winter transportation in the Magic Valley and are looking to truly get immersed in the holiday season, there are a number of activities being offered in the mountains surrounding a resort town north of Boise.

I've been on a horse-drawn carriage ride once in my entire life. It wasn't through snowy meadows or parallel to picturesque streams or frozen ponds. Instead, it was during rush hour in downtown Philadelphia. It wasn't anything close to a "dashing through the snow" type of experience.

If you want to give somebody a truly wonderous winter afternoon of outdoor play, the website has some great activities available for all ages. One such adventure that looks particularly awesome is hosted by Hap and Florence Points Sleigh Rides in nearby Donnelly, Idaho, which is just 14 miles from McCall down Highway 55. These horse-drawn sleigh rides take visitors on an unforgettable trip near the Gold Fork River.

Hap and Florence Sleigh Rides have been hosting these trips since 1983. Those who climb aboard will get the chance to view wildlife, feed Rocky Mountain Elk, and take in the beauty of the central Idaho backcountry near Tamarack Ski Resort.

To book a trip, call 208-634-9670. The website advises anyone attempting to reserve a sleigh ride to leave a message if they don't reach a staffer. The rides take an average of 45 to 50 minutes. From Twin Falls to Donnelly is about a four-hour drive, but winter conditions may cause a longer commute time.

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