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5 Reasons to Visit Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, this Winter

by Aoife O'Riordan

Oct 21, 2022

© Coeur d’Alene Convention and Visitors Bureau


Planning family travel to Idaho this winter? Be sure to add Coeur d’Alene to the itinerary. This charming city features a variety of festivals, events and sites for the entire family to enjoy.


light show

© Coeur d’Alene Convention and Visitors Bureau


Here are five reasons to visit Coeur d’Alene this winter:


1. 25th Anniversary of Coeur d’Alene Holiday Light Show

At Coeur d’Alene Resort, celebrate the 25th anniversary of the resort’s annual light show, featuring more than 1.5 million lights. The resort transforms into an enchanted winter wonderland, complete with more than 20,000 pounds worth of handmade holiday decorations and 250 displays. Light displays include one of the world’s largest floating Christmas trees, a 3,000-pound wreath and a fire-breathing dragon. Inside, take in the more than 50 trees, nine-foot-tall nutcrackers, life-sized Santas, 30 elves and more.


light show

© Coeur d’Alene Convention and Visitors Bureau


2. Annual Lighting Ceremony

On Nov. 25, Coeur d’Alene Lake lights up with more than 1 million Christmas lights. In addition to mesmerizing lights, the ceremony also includes a fireworks display, fireworks cruise and lighting ceremony parade.


3. Journey to the North Pole Cruises

Running Nov. 15, 2022–Jan. 2, 2023, this cruise brings guests across Lake Coeur d’Alene to the “North Pole.” Here, Santa greets kids by name. Each North Pole visit ends with a fireworks display and a 70-foot-tall floating Christmas tree animated to holiday music.



© Coeur d’Alene Convention and Visitors Bureau


4. Igloo Dining

Offered through Feb. 21, 2023, adult guests and parents can enjoy lake views, winter-themed cocktails and the warmth of igloos. In addition to luxurious interiors and cozy seating, the igloos include heated, weatherproof exteriors.


5. Resort Holiday Programming

The city sees Dickens carolers spread cheer with performances, as well as an evening fireside story time held in Coeur d’Alene Resort’s lobby. Available Nov. 25–Dec. 18, visitors can also enjoy the annual Travolta Christmas Show, a holiday theater production by Ellen Travolta. The resort sees Santa’s elves deliver cookies and milk to guestrooms between these same dates.


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