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Kelsi Ream

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Nov 28 21 minutes read

Christmas Unwrapped

November 23 - December 6

New for 2018 | Christmas Unwrapped

Each season, The Coeur d’Alene Resort features a timeless original holiday theatre production by Ellen Travolta, capturing the spirit of the Christmas season.

Christmas Unwrapped, directed by Try Nickerson, features the talents of Ellen and Margaret Travolta, Molly Allen, Mark Cotter, Abbey Crawford, Patrick Treadway, Laura Sable and Lola Fridley.

Don’t miss a night filled with music, laughter and stories celebrating the holiday season…


November 23 – December 16

Thursday – Saturday, 7:30 PM & Sunday 5:00 PM

Admission Tickets: $27.50

Tickets on sale Now! Not recommended for ages 7 & under.

Jingle Bell Run Inland Northwest

December 1 @ 8:00 am - 1:00 pm

The Arthritis Foundation’s Jingle Bell Run is a fun way to get out, get moving and raise funds and awareness to cure America’s #1 cause of disability. In communities nationwide, this annual event brings together people from all walks of life to shout “Yes, we will live life to its fullest while searching for a cure!” As a Champion of Yes, kick off your holidays by helping conquer arthritis once and for all!

Wear a holiday-themed costume. Tie jingle bells to your shoelaces. Show off your ugly Christmas sweater. Complete a 5-kilometer run or walk with your team members, spreading smiles, good cheer and a winning spirit … and be a Champion of Yes!

Drop-In Watercolor Class with Jessica Bryant

December 1 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm

Join Jessica on select Saturday mornings to explore key concepts in watercolor in a small-group setting that allows for individualized instruction.

Each week Jessica will discuss concepts such as value, composition, controlling water, edge quality, fixing mistakes, and more. Participants are encouraged to bring work in progress from home for input and assistance, and have the option to work independently or follow along on a group exercise.

RSVP by Friday for class the next day: text or call 208-953-1053.

Tuition is $25, cash or check. Participants may bring their own materials or use Jessica’s for an additional $5 fee.

Eagle Watching Cruises

December 1 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm   (See other scheduled dates and times below)

Experience this special 2-hour cruise on beautiful Lake Coeur d’Alene that offers a unique opportunity to experience nature’s finest in the winter months!

Adults: $26.26
Seniors (55+): $24.25

Children (6-12): $18.25
5 & under: Rides FREE!

Phone: (855) 379-5478

Dec 1-2 (1PM – 3PM)
Dec 8-9 (1PM – 3PM)
Dec 15-16 (1PM – 3PM)
Dec 26-Jan 1 (10AM – 12PM, 1PM – 3PM)

Every year, hundreds of American Bald Eagles visit Lake Coeur d’Alene on their annual migration. In December and January, these birds congregate at the lake’s northern end to feed on lake-bound salmon. For an up-close look, take one of the Lake Coeur d’Alene Cruise Boats to Wolf Lodge Bay. It’s an awe-inspiring sight to see these magnificent birds in the wild from the comfort of a cruise boat.

The eagles arrive from Canada and even as far away as Alaska, seeking milder climates for the winter. Lake Coeur d’Alene provides an ideal stopover with tree-lined shores and plenty of fish.Their primary meal is the Kokanee salmon, a landlocked sockeye that thrives in the lake and its tributaries. As salmon spawn and reach the end of their life cycle, they become an ideal food for the eagles.

Journey to the North Pole Cruises

December 1-31 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm   (See schedule details below)

It’s been called one of America’s top holiday attractions… The Coeur d’Alene Resort Holiday Light Show’s Journey to the North Pole Cruise.

Kids 5 and under ride free on this magical Journey to see 1.5 million lights, with a visit to the North Pole to meet Santa and his Elves, The Grinch, Rudolph, the Giant Animated Christmas Tree… and much more!

The Holiday Light Show was named by ABC’s Good Morning America as one of the nation’s best holiday destinations.

Children are amazed to find out that Santa calls them out by name (due to a bit of behind-the-scenes logistics). The North Pole also has dancing elves and prancing reindeer.

The 40-minute Journey to the North Pole cruise departs every night from the day after Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day. Please call for cruise times.

Also available on a limited basis: Tickets for the special Holiday Lighting Ceremony Cruise the night after Thanksgiving. The show includes a gigantic fireworks show over Lake Coeur d’Alene.

Regular schedule:

November 23rd – January 1st

5:30pm 40 minute

6:30pm 40 minute

7:30pm 40 minute


Adults: $22.25

Seniors (55+): $21.25

Children (6 – 12 yrs.): $7.50

Children (5 yrs. & under): FREE!

PHONE: (855) 379-5478


Please plan to arrive at The Resort Plaza Shops 45 minutes before your departure time.  Santa’s Elves will direct you to the ships from the Plaza Shops when the boats are ready to board.

Santa’s List 

Elves in The Plaza Shops are ready to take the names of your children before boarding the cruise boat.  Please make sure the elves take your children’s names before proceeding to the ships.


Public parking is available at the 3rd Street City Lot. First 2 hours are free, but please note: you must still get a receipt from the kiosk and place it on your dash. We recommend coming into the downtown area from 3rd Street.  Use the 4th Street exit from I-90 and proceed South.


We have a variety of refreshments at our full service bar including hot chocolate, cookies, and cider onboard the cruise.


Please dress accordingly. The boats are climate-controlled, but when we arrive at Santa’s house the weather can be unpredictable.

Beer Yoga at The Growler Guys

December 2 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 pm

The first Sunday of the month is Beer Yoga this winter. Come break a sweat, get flexible, and have a drink with us.

Ugly Sweater Run

December 2 @ 10:30 am - 1:30 pm

It’s that time of the year… parties, too much food and drink, and of course ugly Christmas sweaters! Trail Maniacs would like to combine those time honored traditions AND we’ll even throw in a little help for those less fortunate. We are having an Ugly Sweater run. This event is free, but we are accepting gently used jackets, coats, sweaters and blankets for those in need.

Starting at the St. Vincent parking lot at 201 E Harrison Ave, Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814. We will run 3 to 4 mile (route will depend on weather conditions). Route will most likely include 2nd Street to Tubbs Hill and back, we will finish at Daft Badger. Daft Badger Brewing will have refreshments and a contest for best dressed runner! Voting will start at Daft Badger at 12:00 pm. We will update prizes, but we will have a prize for overall male and female best ugly sweater! Best of all Daft Badger will be offering $1.00 off pints for anyone wearing an ulgy sweater!

Open Draw with Randy Palmer

December 4 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Open Draw returns to Emerge.

 Randy Palmer is BACK with pens, pencils, watercolor and plenty of stored up summer inspiration.

 Please note that Open Draw with Randy Palmer has MOVED from Monday evenings to Tuesday evenings. The time remains the same 6-8 pm at Emerge, 208 N 4th Street in downtown Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho, 83814.

 As always, Open Draw is a FREE event & we have supplies if you need.

 No registration nor RSVP required. Ages 13 & up with adult accompaniment or 16 and up solo. Please bring a drink & snack….maybe your banjo, harmonica, or balloon animal supplies. It’s always a party!

 email [email protected] with any questions.

It’s A Wonderful Life – A Live Radio Show

December 5 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm        $15-$20

The Best Western Plus Coeur d’Alene Inn and Laura Little Productions present this play of the classic holiday movie staged as a live radio broadcast.

Room Packages Available

Best Western Plus Coeur d’Alene Inn

506 W Appleway Ave.

Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814

(208) 765-3200

Deck the Halls

December 6 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Community Christmas Celebration

December 7 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Over 300 Nativities from around the world will be on display in the cultural hall of the building, a live Nativity will be performed every 30 minutes on stage, music from local choirs, musicians, quartets, soloists will be performing throughout the two-day event in he chapel area of the building.  All are local residents and groups from the Coeur d’Alene – Post Falls community!  (if you want to be added to the list of musical talent, please contact us!)


Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

2801 N 4th St 

Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814

Phone:  2089646775

Holiday Murder on the Disorient at Coeur d’Alene Cellars Winery

December 7 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Doors open at 6:15 and Mystery Theater begins promptly at 6:30 pm and ends around 9:30pm.

This is a paperless ticket, please bring your I.D. to the event.

Ticket cost covers a seat for the show and one “house” beverage, including wine, beer, or non-alcoholic beverages marked as “house” beverages. All shows take place in our tank room, set to a cool 67 degrees. Please dress for the temperature.


The Disorient Express, probably one of the most luxurious trains in the world, is always fully booked. Even now, in 1938, with war looming menacingly on the horizon, her luxury Pullman coaches are packed with travelling rich and famous making their way from Istanbul to Constantinople.

The train has excelled in reliability and punctuality over the years, but today all that is about to change. A famous rocket designer known as Werner Von Black, has been discovered in his sleeping compartment – dead. The only question is: who killed him?

Traditions of Christmas

December 7 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Traditions of Christmas is a Radio City Music Hall style show which includes beautifully choreographed kickline tap numbers, Santa’s workshop, a heartfelt military tribute performance and a grand Nativity conclusion. Featuring a cast of 70 people, spectacular sets, live animals, and over 400 costumes.

Friday Night BINGO at Slate Creek Brewing

December 7 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Friday Night BINGO

Hosted at Slate Creek Brewing Co.


All card proceeds donated to a different local non-profit every week.

Three categories:

7:00 – 7:45 FIVE IN A ROW

8:00 – 8:45 FOUR CORNERS

9:00 a round of BLACKOUT

Saturday Morning Jazz at Evans Brothers Coffee- Coeurdalene

December 8 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Enjoy lively and entertaining jazz with local band, Tasty. These guys have been a huge hit the past couple times, and we are making it a more regular Saturday morning event.

Holiday Sing-A-Long with Mudgy and Santa at the CDA Library

December 8 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Mudgy and Millie author and Wee Sing co-creator Susan Nipp will lead songs with children – joined by Mudgy and Santa. Bring your camera and phones for photo opportunities with Santa, Mudgy & Millie! Fun for all ages!

Downtown Live Neigh-tivity

December 8 @ 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Join us for family fun holiday events Downtown Coeur d’Alene!

The Coeur d’Alene Downtown Association is partnering with First Presbyterian & Trinity Lutheran to bring you a Live Neigh-tivity! There will be a live animal petting stable, manger scene photo booth, carolers, hot chocolate, coffee, and gifts. All for FREE at Sherman Square Park from 1 pm – 4 pm. The petting stable will feature a camel, donkey, cow, goats, sheep and handlers dressed in Nativity attire! This event will be at the Sherman Square Park (316 Sherman Avenue).

The fun doesn’t stop there! Santa will be riding in on The Coeur d’Alene Fire Department’s vintage fire truck, decked out with millions of lights and be parking at the corner of 2nd and Sherman Ave. to hear what is on your Christmas list. Santa will available for you to take photos with and visit children of all ages from 4 pm – 6 pm. Canned food donations to the Coeur d’Alene Fire Department are appreciated.

Museum of North Idaho

December 9 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Discover the rich history of the Coeur d’Alene region. The Museum is celebrating its 50th anniversary with the feature exhibit Keeping History Alive. The exhibit showcases some of the Museum’s favorite artifacts and the importance of collecting and preserving our region’s history. The exhibit will run October 31st. The Museum will offer free admission the 2nd Friday of each month from 5pm to 8pm as part of Art Walk.

Human Rights Day at the Human Rights Education Institute

December 10 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Come join us on December 10 to celebrate human rights and all the support the community gives us. This day is dedicated to recognizing and appreciating the generosity of our donors, who make our mission achievable. The celebration will start in the afternoon at HREI.

Affiniti, A Celtic Christmas

December 12 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Affiniti will once again bring the magic of “A Celtic Christmas” to The Kroc Theatre this year. Harpist Teresa O’Donnell, violinist Mary McCague and sopranos Emer Barry, all classically trained Irish musicians delight audiences around the world with their unique sound of classic Christmas music!

Art Walk

December 14 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

5:00-8:00pm every second Friday of the month, April-December, stroll through beautiful Downtown Coeur d’Alene and enjoy local and nationally acclaimed artists. Visit supporting galleries, shops, restaurants and businesses. A free family-friendly event!

Christmas for Kids

December 15 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

You are invited to Christmas for Kids at The Vine Church (9407 N Government Way) on Saturday, December 15th, from 10:00-12:00, for children ages 3-12.  It’s a fun day of Christmas activities, crafts, songs, creative learning activities, cookie decorating, Christmas video, the Christmas story, and a special birthday party for Jesus!  There is no cost, but space is limited.  Pre-register online at or by calling (208) 449-2080.  Everyone is welcome!

Emerge Holiday Market

December 15 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

This year Emerge is expanding our Holiday Market event to encompass the entire weekend. Saturday, December 15th and Sunday, December 16th from noon until 4 pm.

 Featuring work by local and regional artists including fiber arts, ceramics, original art, art prints, and more.

 Coffee Roboto will be set up with delicious warm drinks to chase the chill away and Bean and Pie will be here to satisfy your sweet tooth.

 Emerge is located at 208 N 4th Street in downtown Coeur d’ Alene.

Santa Con 2018

December 15 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Grab your best Santa suits and head out for a bar crawl! SantaCon is in it’s forth year of fun. What’s better than dressing up and drinking? Dressing up, drinking, and helping people get bikes for the holiday!

There will be prizes for best Santa, best Mrs Clause, and most memorable. Come join the fun!

Clarion Brass: This Is What Christmas Sounds Like

December 18 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

This Is What Christmas Sounds Like. Clarion, the brightest brass in the region, reminds us that this is what Christmas sounds like: it’s as fresh and clean as new-fallen snow. Every year, artistic director William Berry hangs shiny new handmade ornaments on the tree in the form of beautifully rendered traditional carols and quirky original takes on holiday favorites.

Venue:  Salvation Army Kroc Center Theatre

12 Skates of Christmas

December 21 @ 12:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Come down to Frontier Ice Arena during our 12 Skates of Christmas!

Enjoy a cup of cocoa from Santa’s Cafe or skate with friends and family in a winter wonderland! You don’t want to miss this amazing season on the ice!

Extended Public Session hours:

12:00-6:15pm December 21-January 1**

** 12:00-3:00pm Christmas Eve



$7.00 admission

$2.00 skate rental

**Groups of 5 or more get free skate rental**

Ski with Santa at Schweitzer Mountain Resort

December 23 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Here’s your chance to ski a run or two with Santa! Living in the North Pole sure gives him plenty of opportunity to practice his turns but there’s nothing he loves more than taking a skiing break at Schweitzer! So come on and take a run with Santa over the holidays!

Christmas Festivities at Silver Mountain

December 24 @ 8:00 am - December 25 @ 5:00 pm

Christmas Eve Ski with Santa on Christmas Eve!

Christmas Day Join us in Noah’s for a Christmas feast!

Santa’s Balloon Parade at Schweitzer Mountain Resort

December 24 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

On Saturday, Christmas Eve, Santa leads a balloon parade to the village from the top of the Basin Express chairlift.  This is a great photo opportunity and is free for the whole family.

New Year’s Celebration- A Diamond Soiree

December 31 @ 6:00 pm

A New Year’s Eve celebration wouldn’t be complete without the booms, crackles and flashing display of dazzling color over Lake Coeur d’Alene. Join the celebration with two amazing fireworks shows at 9:00 PM and again at 12:00 AM on New Year’s Eve over the lake at The Coeur d’Alene Resort.

New Year’s Grand Celebration – A Diamond Soiree!

The Resort Convention Center will host one of the largest New Year’s Eve parties in the region, complete with a buffet dinner, live entertainment, costume contest, Facebook photo contest, prizes and a New Year’s Champagne Toast at Midnight.

Celebration Schedule

6:00 – 7:00 | Social Hour featuring live aerial performers

7:00 – 9:00 | Grand Dinner Buffet with live pianist

9:00 | Fireworks Show

9:00 – 12:30 | Champagne After-Party – featuring DJ Epic Vibe & The Sara Brown Band (21+ yrs. age)

12:00 | Fireworks Show & Midnight Champagne Toast


Adults: $79 advance purchase | $100 at the door

Children (6-12 yrs, until 9:00 PM): $25

Entertainment & Toast Only: $25 at the door

New year’s Eve Parties at Schweitzer Mountain Resort

December 31, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - January 1, 2019 @ 1:00 am


Tickets for all NYE parties go on sale December 1st, 2018 at 12:00am.

New Year’s Eve buses will run on typical night skiing schedule. This means the last ride up will leave the Red Barn at 8pm. The last ride down will depart from the village at 8:30pm. There will be an additional downhill bus leaving the village at 1am for folks who are attending the NYE party at Taps.

Midnight Celebration: 

11:45pm – 12:15am Bring in the 2019 New Year with a toast and celebration at the clock tower. Simply show up to join the fun complete with complimentary sparking apple cider and sparklers while supplies last!

Taps New Year’s Eve Party :

Our Stella New Year’s Eve celebration and concert  is guaranteed to make you dance your socks off! This New Year’s Eve celebration, taking place on the entire upper floor of the Lakeview lodge, is for adults 21 & over and will include live music, drink specials, free late night snacks, party favors, and a special cider toast of Stella Cidre at midnight.

The VIP seating option is back again this year for guests looking for a more exclusive experience. For an additional charge, a limited number of guests can say goodbye to 2018 with reserved table seating in the exclusive “Stella Cidre VIP Corner” of Taps. The Stella Cidre VIP Corner guests will have their own private bar and bartender, 2 free drinks per person, exclusive appetizers, reserved seating, and their own Stella Cidre or champagne delivery for the toast at midnight. Seating prices include the cost of each guest’s ticket and must be purchased in advance via Eventbrite. The number of tables is very limited and they will sell out fast!

New Year’s Family Cruise

December 31 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Bring the kids and celebrate on the lake for a fireworks show to kick off America’s New Year as it first comes in on the east coast. Our cruise departs at 8:00pm for the show set to blast at 9:00 (Midnight Eastern Time). Featuring family-friendly music, entertainment, no-host beverages and snacks for sale, it’s a unique way to ring in the new year for young and old.

All tickets: $24.50

New Year’s Eve Party Cruise

December 31 @ 9:00 pm

Rock the boat New Year’s Eve party with live DJ, dancing, ice luge, champagne and a fantastic view of the fireworks show. Cruise from 9:30 PM – 12:15 PM with 9:00 PM boarding at the Boardwalk Marina.

New Year’s Eve Dessert Cruise

December 31 @ 10:30 pm

Dessert social, champagne toast and an amazing view of the fireworks show from the lake. Cruise from 10:30 PM – 12:15 PM, with 10:00 PM boarding at the Boardwalk Marina.


Adult: $40.50

Seniors (55+ yrs.): $38.50

Children (ages 3 – 12 yrs.): $30.50

Children (2 & under): Free

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