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!