The Coeur d’Alene Resort on Idaho’s Lake Coeur d’Alene presents its Holiday Light Show each year, opening the day after Thanksgiving and running through New Year’s Day. The annual light fest is the largest on-water holiday light show in the US, and includes a 160-ft. tall living luminary Christmas tree.
Journey to the North Pole Lake Cruise is a nightly 40-minute trip featuring views of the holiday light displays. It includes a visit to Santa Claus and his elves across the lake at the North Pole Toy Workshop, where an animated Christmas tree twinkles in time to holiday music. Departures are at 5:30, 6:30 and 7:30 PM. Tickets are $18.75 Adults; $17.75 Seniors (55+); Children (12 and under) are free. There’s also a Journey to the North Pole Dinner Cruise on Wednesdays at 6:30 PM. Cost of the 90-minute dinner cruise is $49.75 Adults; $45.75 Seniors (55+). Here’s Holiday Light Show by the numbers:
- 1.5 million+ lights
- 250+ lighted displays surrounding The Coeur d’Alene Resort
- The Coeur d’Alene Resort wreath weighs 3,000 pounds
- The animated living Christmas tree is adorned with 40,000 LED lights
- More than 400 animated figures include angels, elves and carolers
- The Christmas tree on Hagadone Corporation headquarters is 70 ft. tall with 60,000 lights
I visited The Coeur d’Alene Resort this past summer, and was impressed with its recent multimillion dollar renovation. It now sports an updated lobby; a remodeled Dockside restaurant and Whispers lounge; and redecorated rooms in the resort’s north wing. I enjoyed a relaxing treatment at The Spa at The Coeur d’Alene Resort, a full-service facility overlooking Lake Coeur d’Alene that features an expansive menu of spa services and 21 treatment rooms. Here are some holiday packages being offered by the resort:
Holiday Bed & Breakfast Package: Overnight accommodations, $20 breakfast credit for room service or dining at Dockside, two Holiday Light Show cruise tickets. Rates start at $155.
Lights, Camera, Cool Yule! Package: Overnight accommodations, $50 dining credit for any of the resort’s restaurants, two tickets to, Cool Yule*, an original holiday musical presented in the Shore Room of The Coeur d’Alene Resort. Rates start at $199.
An Enchanted Holiday Evening Package: Overnight accommodations, $100 dining credit for any of the resort’s restaurants, two Holiday Light Show cruise tickets. Rates start at $239.
* Cool Yule showtimes are Wednesday-Saturday at 7:30 PM, Sunday at 3 PM. Tickets are $25, available online at www.cdasummertheatre.com or 208.769.7780.
Coeur d’Alene is located in northern Idaho, approximately 31 miles east of Spokane, Washington and 100 miles south of the Canadian border. The Resort overlooks Lake Coeur d’Alene, flanked by the foothills of the Bitterroot Mountains. It’s served by Spokane International Airport with daily, non-stop, national and international flights with most major airlines.