See the Holiday Lighting Ceremony from a new location — the water

Downtown Coeur d’Alene is magical year round, but it is a real treat during the holiday season. The Friday after Thanksgiving, Coeur d’Alene goes all out with a beautiful lighting ceremony. The entire Coeur d’Alene Resort and floating boardwalk are lit up with hundreds of holiday lights, depicting different scenes: dragon, an underwater castle, and, of course, Santa Clause and all his reindeer!

To top it all off, the holiday extravaganza kicks off with a fireworks show and music before the lights are lit for the first time of the season.

If you have family in town, or are looking for a new way to view the show, try a cruise on Lake Coeur d’Alene. Besides stunning scenery, great food, and hot drinks, the cruise offers the perfect way to see the lights. Kids will love the boat  and family members will treasure the memorable experience.

As the season goes on, you can also take children to see Santa Claus at the North Pole! Cruises sail across the lake to a beautifully lit house, where Santa, Mrs. Claus and the elves come out to say hello to your boat. Who knows — your child might get a shout out from Santa, and learn if they’ve made the “nice list” this year!

Tickets are limited each year, so purchase yours today. Contact our team for any questions.

Spring break cruises allow you to see Lake Coeur d’Alene the way the locals do!

Each year, tourists and travelers begin flocking to North Idaho’s majestic mountains and beautiful lakes as early as March and April. Many families and students take trips to the Northwest to enjoy beautiful scenery and one-of-a-kind experiences, such as biking the Centennial Trail or visiting the Coeur d’Alene Resort. While average temperatures in March and April in Coeur d’Alene sit at a sunny 60 degrees, the town still provides a good base camp for day trips to local ski hills, such as Lookout Ski Resort, Schweitzer Mountain and Silver Mountain, for a bluebird ski day.

One of the most frequently asked questions from tourists is, “What do the locals do in Coeur d’Alene?”

Because Lake Coeur d’Alene is such a beautiful focal point to our town, locals are always looking to spend more time on the water!

Coeur d’Alene Cruises gets our passengers — tourists and locals alike — on the water for one of the best lake experiences. Our team offers adventures for daily scenic excursions, bird and wildlife watching tours on the St. Joe River and even specialty cruises for holidays, such as Easter.

Spring break is also a great time to get the whole family together. Our cruise ships offer the perfect private venue for family reunions or parties.

Curious about spending spring break in North Idaho, or looking for more information on seeing the lake the way the locals do? Contact us today!