It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Check out all the ways to enjoy the season here in North Idaho:
Events with Multiple Dates
A Christmas Carol, the Broadway Musical, Kroc Center Theater, 1765 W Golf Course Rd, Coeur d’Alene
Broadway heavy hitters, Alan Menken (Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Little Shop of Horrors) and Lynn Ahrens (Ragtime, Seussical, Once on This Island), breathe fantastic new life into the classic tale of A Christmas Carol: Ebenezer Scrooge is a prosperous curmudgeon who believes that personal wealth is far more valuable than the happiness and comfort of others. With an infuriated “Bah! Humbug!” Scrooge summates his feelings of Christmas tidings and charitable giving, but he’s forced to face his selfish ways when three ghosts on Christmas Eve lead him through his Past, Present and Future. Thanks to their guidance, Scrooge recognizes his faults and greets Christmas morning with a cheerful “Happy Christmas” before spending the day reconnecting and sharing love with those that mean the most to him. A Christmas Carol, is an ideal choice for any theatre hoping to create a holiday tradition.
Times: Fri, Nov 12 7:00 PM – 9:15 PM
Sat, Nov 13 3:00 PM – 5:15 PM
Sat, Nov 13 7:00 PM – 9:15 PM
Sun, Nov 14 3:00 PM – 5:15 PM
Fri, Nov 19 7:00 PM – 9:15 PM
Sat, Nov 20 3:00 PM – 5:15 PM
Sat, Nov 20 7:00 PM – 9:15 PM
Sun, Nov 21 3:00 PM – 5:15 PM
Traditions of Christmas, Kroc Center Theater, 1765 W Golf Course Rd , Coeur d’Alene
Dec. 10- 19. Fridays-Sundays and Wed, Dec. 22, 3, 5 & 7 p.m.
A Radio City Music Hall-style show for all ages. Throughout the show, favorite Christmas classics are brought to life with song and dance, including choreographed kick line tap numbers and a cast of who don over 300 costumes. The show concludes with a grand Nativity. Dec. 10-22; shows are Friday-Sunday (times vary). Special Wednesday shows on Dec. 22 at 3, 5 and 7 p
Buddy The Elf’s Holiday Scavenger Hunt– Silver Lake Mall- 200 W Hanley Ave, Coeur d’Alene, ID– Dec 4th, 11th and 18th
Join Buddy the Elf, straight from the North Pole for an exciting holiday scavenger hunt adventure taking place over three separate weekends in December at the Silver Lake Mall! There will be three hour-long sessions per day (12pm, 1pm, 2pm), over three Saturdays. We can accommodate 20 kids per session. This experience is $10 per child. Sign up to reserve your slot now before they fill up! Event includes:- Meet Buddy at Center Court for Storytime, name tag, and photo together
– Follow Buddy to Dreams Are Forever Event Center, where kids will create their own paper snowflake craft
– Holiday Scavenger Hunt: Receive a map of the mall marked with destinations, ticket stubs, and two quarters. First stop is the candy machine where kids will pick their candy of choice (using their quarters). One of the stops is See’s Candies, where kids will pick out a free chocolate. Next stop is Black Sheep Knives, where kids will receive a free wooden whistle. Next stop, Harry Ritchie’s Jewelry for a candy necklace. Then off to Bear Paw Cookies to pick up a free mini cookie. The final stop is to meet Santa Claus himself for a photo op all together. Then return to the Dreams Are Forever Event Center to show your finished map and receive a Christmas Elf doll from Buddy. Sign up now at the link below:
WALLACE HOMETOWN HOLIDAYS– Dec 3-4 (Fri-Sat) & Dec 10-11 (Fri-Sat) 10 am-3 pm- DOWNTOWN WALLACE
Two weekends full of fun family activities – all are invited – FREE! Lighting the town with 100s of Christmas-themed blow molds & 1000s of lights. Craft fair, winter walk, hay rides, Santa on fire truck, tree lighting/bells/carols & winter walk. Christmas lights parade & “paw parade”. Letters to Santa; pictures & presents for kids. Craft fair at Northern Pacific Depot Museum. See “Hometown Holidays Map & Events” HERE.
A NIGHT IN BETHLEHEM– Dec 4-5, 11-12, 18-19 (weekends) 4:30-6:30 pm- STATELINE SPEEDWAY EVENT CENTER- 1349 N. Beck Rd., Post Falls
Don’t miss this special FREE event; all are invited! Travel back to Christmas night when Jesus Christ was born; meet Mary & Joseph. Walk through Bethlehem village, visiting shops from 4:30-6 pm (purchases benefit local charities). Experience live Nativity from 6-6:30 pm each night. See largest “giving tree” in the Northwest w/lights on display until 10 pm every day. Grab a tag to help someone in need from our community (gifts to be returned by Dec 22, 7 pm)
Journey to the North Pole” Holiday Light Cruises– Nov 15-Jan 2nd-The Resort Plaza Shops Downtown CDA
Take a festive holiday lake cruise across the sparkling waters of Lake Coeur d’Alene. View more than 1.5 million twinkling holiday lights and visit Santa Claus and his elves at the North Pole waterfront toy workshop, where he magically speaks to each child by name! Boarding for this 40-minute cruise is at The Resort Plaza Shops, 40 minutes prior to the cruise departure time. Click HERE for tickets.
Pick your Paint Project Workshop Holiday Choices available!– Nov-Dec at Barn 31- 1908 East Seltice Way, Post Falls
It’s the most fun time of the year at Barn 31! Go to our Christmas Project Gallery to pick out a holiday project or to our standard project gallery to choose a non-Christmas project! . Get your tickets early! All tickets must be pre-purchased by noon on the day of the workshop. Purchase tickets HERE.
Wreath Making Workshop, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2021 AT 6 PM – 7:30 PM, Lavender Sun- 109 N 14th St, Coeur D’Alene, ID
Make your own wreath; Perfect for the holiday season! Includes 4-6 different types of greens including cedar, eucalyptus, & other asstd. fresh greens. Along with ribbon and other deco or dried items to spruce them up. The greens used hold up well out of water so they will last until about March! Wine and tea provided! Click HERE for Tickets!
LWML Bazaar, FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2021 AT 9 AM – 3 PM, Shepherd of The Hills Lutheran Church, 13541 W Highway 53, Rathdrum
Come One, Come All! GIANT INDOOR BAZAAR! Come shop for anything you can imagine ranging from baked goods, hand crafts, books, kitchen ware, holiday stuff and more! Continuing a clothing give away this year. Lunch will be available so you don’t have to shop on an empty tummy!
Holiday Sip & Shop (21&over) Sat, Nov 20, 12 – 5 PM Coeur d’Alene Fresh Wine Bar- 317 Coeur D Alene Ave, Coeur d’Alene, ID.
Come support local small businesses, drink wine and shop for the holidays! It’ll be a fun ladies day out! Beer and wine are available for purchase. There will be drink discounts, a fun local gift basket raffle and so many one of a kind handmade gifts! Find fun gifts and stocking stuffers! Free admission. Also located across the street from a parking garage with 2 hours for free. Click Here for more information
The Rusty Star A Merry Little Christmas Craft Fair, NOV 20 AT 9 AM – NOV 21 AT 4 PM, Greyhound Park & Event Center
Cutoff Crafts will have a booth at the Rusty Star A Merry Little Christmas Craft Fair. We will be inside the Greyhound Park & Event Center in Post Falls Idaho.
Time: Saturday Nov. 20, 9am – 5pm & Sunday Nov. 21, 10am – 4pm. We will have: fantastic handmade earrings, fun crochet toys, fabulous chainmail bracelets, fancy antique necklaces, funky keychains, and more! Check us out at http://www.CutoffCrafts.com
IF you want more details or to make a special order, contact Michelle (the jewelry artist or Sandra (the crochet artist) by using our contact page: https://www.cutoffcrafts.com/p/contact-us.html. All special orders must be paid in advance. Admission is 5.00(12 and under are free) If you would like vendor info, please contact The Rusty Star at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 509-218-8711 https://www.facebook.com/events/2888112321506841
Annual Holiday Make & Take Super Gathering: Ladies Homestead Gathering of North Kootenai County, SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2021 AT 10 AM, 5525 Highway 54, Athol, ID
Celebrate the start of the holiday season with a “Tea Party”-themed Super Gathering! This favorite annual event combines LHG’s November and December gatherings. It will be filled with “make & take” projects, tasty teas and snacks, prizes, and lots of other fun festivities. More details coming soon for this favorite annual gathering! In the meantime, SAVE THE DATE and add your name to the notification list so you will be one of the first to know. Sign up link: https://forms.gle/AMdCYQm5TKAWHrc9A
Dreaming of a White Christmas– Sat, Nov 20, 7 – 9 PM- Pinot’s Palette- 728 N 4th Street, Coeur d’Alene, ID
Finding that perfect tree in a winter wonderland is something you want to share with loved ones. Ask your Pinot’s Palette studio for more details about adding lights! Must be 21 or older due to state law. Please present ID at door. Click HERE for Tickets!
Book THE best seat in the house for the Coeur d’Alene Holiday Lighting Ceremony and Fireworks Show, showcasing spectacular views from the lake! Continue on, viewing more than a million holiday lights and “Journey to the North Pole” across the lake in this 90-minute cruise to visit Santa Claus at his waterfront toy workshop. The fun takes place on Friday, November 26th – the first cruise takes place from 5-6:30PM, and the second cruise takes place from 5:30-7PM. Tickets: https://bit.ly/3AdzPv0 BOARDING: The 5:00-6:30PM cruise boards at 4:30PM, and the 5:30-7:00PM cruise boards at 5:00PM. Boarding takes place at The Resort Plaza Shops (115 S 2nd Street). PRICING:
Adults & Seniors: $39.25
Children (ages 3-12): $28.25
Ages 2 & under: FREE! TICKETS: https://bit.ly/3AdzPv0
29th ANNUAL PARADE & LIGHTING CEREMONY– downtown Coeur d’Alene– Nov 26th 5PM
Watch for marching bands, dancing, music & festive floats. Parade theme is “Holiday Heroes & Festive Figures” Sing Christmas carols on lawn of The Coeur d’Alene Resort. Countdown to spectacular fireworks display’ with flip of switch, over 1.5 million lights will brighten downtown CdA. Ceremony is always highlight of the year – all are invited to FREE event! Sponsored by CdA Downtown Association; fireworks provided by Hagadone Corporation.
Black Friday & Shop Local Saturday!– Sage Boutique- 8198 N Government Way, Hayden, ID– Nov 26 at 10 AM – Nov 27 at 5 PM
Come & support your favorite small businesses on Black Friday & Shop Local Saturday!🎄❄️
Sage will be saying THANK YOU for shopping small by giving back to our customers in a BIG way!FREE GIFTS, SALES, Double punches on Loyalty Cards, Doorbusters (get here early eeeeek!), Lots of beautiful new Holiday Party Attire, Gifts & Decor, Hot Cider will be served. Can’t wait to see you all there!
CDA Makers Christmas Market, NOV 27th from 10 AM – 4 PM at New Life Church- 6068 W Hayden Ave, Rathdrum, ID
Free Entry | Pictures with Santa | Cash Giveaways. Spend your Small Business Saturday at our family-friendly market with over 50 local vendors. Local makers and handmade products. Food, decor, jewelry, soaps and all the locally made gifts just in time for Holiday shopping. Shop Small. Shop Local. Shop CDA Makers.
2nd Annual Holly Jolly Craft Market– Saturday, November 27th, 2021 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm Rathdrum Senior Center
Free event! Mark your calendar’s for our 2nd Annual Holly Jolly Craft Market in Rathdrum on Nov 27th. Kick off your Holiday shopping with over 20+ local crafters and artisans. Bring a New un-wrapped toy for our local toy drive. This is a Free, family friendly event! https://www.facebook.com/hollyjollycraftmarket
CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY– Nov 27 (Sat), 5 pm- SILVER MOUNTAIN- 610 Bunker Ave, Kellogg
A full day of celebrating the Christmas season w/parade, Santa, tree lighting & fireworks. 9 am-3 pm – Christmas Craft Fair at Kellogg Middle School, sponsored by Historic Silver Valley Chamber of Commerce. 5 pm – Parade begins in uptown Kellogg at Radio Brewing; travels south on Main St., west on McKinley Ave., south on Hill St., east on Bunker Ave.; concluding at Silver Mountain parking lot/Gondola Village. After parade – Santa leaves float to assist with tree lighting & is available to hear children’s Christmas wishes. 6 pm – fireworks display begins
Outdoor Christmas Market -Fri, Dec 3, 8 AM – Sat, Dec 4, 10 AM
Join us for our first Annual Outdoor European Christmas Market! $7 per person for both Fri & Sat, $5 per person for Saturday only
This will be a two-day family friendly event, that will start on Friday December 3rd and coincide with the Hayden City Parade & Tree Lighting in McIntire Park on Saturday December 4th. It is based on the traditional, charming, and festive open-air Christkindlmarkts that spring up in Germany, Austria and other countries during the Advent season.
Holiday Decorating Party at Spirit Lake– Spirit Lake Library- 32575 N. 5th Ave Spirit Lake– December 3rd 3-5pm
Join Miss Meghan in decorating the library for winter and the holiday season. We will create snowflakes, winter animals, and other fun decorations for displaying around the library. Snacks and drinks will be serves. All ages welcome.
THE NATIVITY LIVE– Dec 3-4 (Fri-Sat), 6-9 pm- NEW LIFE CHURCH- 6068 W. Hayden Ave., Rathdrum
A drive-thru event with live actors & animals. Roman Guards will greet visitors with hot cocoa. Tune radio to 88.7 FM & experience the joy & hope in Jesus’ birth. Admission is FREE; hot chocolate too! Optional toy donations will be accepted for Head Start at end of drive-thru. More info HERE
WORKSHOP: Holiday Hand-Built Mug and Ornaments with Louise Schollaert Hand-build a Mug and Holiday Ornaments! For the Beginner and Intermediate potter alike! No Previous Clay or hand-building experience is required. In this 3 hour workshop, you’ll learn some hand-building skills while building your own slab mug and Holiday ornaments. We will attach a handle, and decorate by painting directly on the greenware using an underglaze layering and carving technique called Scraffito! Your pieces will be ready before the holidays so you can gift them to someone special, or keep them for yourself!” Get tickets HERE.
Salvage 7’s December to Remember– Sat, Dec 4, 10 AM – 5 PM- 4100 W Riverbend Ave, Post Falls, ID
Save the date. We have a fun day planned! Store discounts- for last min shopping, Tasty Holiday Treats, Make and Take Workshop, Mitten Tree- warming hearts and hands in our community
Festive holiday prizes and a $100 gift certificate give away
Coeur d’Alene Symphony: Holiday Pops– Sat, Dec 4, 7:30 PM- Schuler Performing Arts Center- 1000 W. Garden Ave., Coeur d’Alene Coeur d’Alene
The holiday program “Sounding the Horn: Illuminated Carols” includes Franck’s Symphony in D minor; Mozart’s Horn Concerto no. 4, ft. Casey Traver on French horn; Selections from the Polar Express; Herbert’s “March of the Toys” and a Christmas Carol sing-a-long. For tickets CLICK HERE.
DECEMBER D’LIGHTS: TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY– Dec 4 (Sat), 5 pm DOWNTOWN RATHDRUM (Main Street)5 pm – tree lighting
HAYDEN LIGHTS– Dec 4 (Sat), 5 pm- McINTIRE FAMILY PARK- 8930 N. Government Way, Hayden
Christmas festivities begin with parade at 5 pm at Hayden Ave. & runs south along Gov’t Way to Honeysuckle. FREE & all are invited! Christmas tree lighting ceremony immediately after parade in McIntire Family Park Plan on visiting Santa in park. Refreshments available for purchase at on-site “European Market”. USMCR accepting “Toys for Tots”
WINTERFEST & MARKET ON 4TH– Dec 3 (Fri), 4-8 pm- 408 N. Spokane St., Post Falls
Annual event combines Christmas festival with market – FREE. Warm up at campfires w/warm cup of cider & roasted marshmallows. Enjoy treat from Mrs. Claus’ Kitchen. Crafts for little ones. Santa will be in his workshop all evening. Local choirs & holiday music. Vendor booths at “Market on 4th”
HOLIDAY LIGHTING FESTIVAL– Dec 4 (Sat), 5:30 pm- DOWNTOWN BAYVIEW- 34076 N. Main St., Bayview (large parking lot)
Everyone is welcome for this 5th annual celebration – FREE!. Lighting begins at 6 pm sharp. Fire pits for warmth. FREE hot chili, cookies, hot cocoa & coffee. Hot toddies (for purchase) for those age 21 & older. Petting Zoo. FREE gifts for kids from Santa. Sponsored by Bayview Marina & StoneRidge Golf Course. Timberlake Fire District volunteers will collect toys/food donations in sleigh.
Holiday Greeting Card Printmaking– Dec 7th- Emerge- 119 N 2nd St, Coeur d’Alene, ID
WORKSHOP: Holiday Greeting Card Printmaking with Lexi Gerome. In this workshop, students of all printmaking skill sets will be given the tools and the skills they need to create an image to print onto 8 greeting cards that they can send out or give away to friends and family this holiday season. Included in this course: Printmaking materials including ink, cards, carving materials and tools to be used in class. For Tickets click HERE.
40TH ANNUAL TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY– Dec 10 (Fri), 4:30 & 6 pm HOSPICE OF NORTH IDAHO- 2290 W. Prairie Ave., CdA
A special evening of remembrance & reflection to honor our loved ones who are no longer with us. Hear encouraging words & comforting music, walk along luminary path (optional), refreshments. Receive FREE keepsake ornament. FREE – all are welcome! Must RSVP – choose 4:30 or 6 pm ceremony. More info & link HERE
CCS Holiday Craft Fair– Christian Center School-Hayden Saturday, December 11, 2021 at 9 AM – 3 PM
Local Crafters and Vendors will bring holiday cheer and unique gifts, perfect for the holidays.
Fall/Winter Market– December 11th- 8037 W Montana St, Rathdrum
Did someone say Santa?! that’s right! we we will have pictures with Santa! Final part to the 3 part Fall/Winter festival. This is an extension of our summer market but this date will be both an outdoor and INDOOR event! there will be photo booths, food, and awesome company! Come shop and enjoy yourself supporting local farmers and crafters. Early Christmas shopping? birthdays? Or even for getting a little something for yourself these are the dates for you! Can’t wait to see you there!
Emerge Holiday Market–119 N 2nd St, Coeur d’Alene, ID– Sat., Dec. 11
Get in the Holiday spirit by shopping local and supporting local artists. The market features handmade goods from Emerge’s retail vendors, as well as gift-making workshops throughout the day. Drinks and snacks available for purchase.
HOLIDAYS AT FORT SHERMAN CHAPEL– Dec 11 (Sat), noon-3 pm- FORT SHERMAN CHAPEL- 332 Hubbard St., CdA
In its 2nd year, sponsored by Museum of North Idaho. Photos w/Santa, Christmas carolers, live music, pop-up museum shop, hot cocoa/cookies. Enjoy the holiday spirit with the family in CdA’s oldest building – a FREE event!
Photos with Santa- Keller Williams Coeur d’Alene– December 16th 4-7pm- 3931 Schreiber Way
Come take your holiday picture with Santa! Enjoy our hot coco bar while writing your letters to Santa.
Frozen Skate Session – CDA On Ice- Fri, Dec 17, 1:00 – 2:30 AM- 504 E Front Ave, Coeur d’Alene, ID
Get ready for a flurry of fun at the CDA On Ice Frozen Skate Session! Join Elsa, Anna, Olaf, and friends; dressed in their holiday best as they ring in the season at this magical ice skating event! For tickets Click HERE.
CHRISTMAS LIGHTS DRIVE-THRU-Dec 18-19 (Sat-Sun), 4-9 pm- 3273 Bandy Rd., Priest River
2-day FREE event in its 2nd year. Christmas music, lots of lights. Kids ages 12 & under each receive a gift (while supplies last). Santa & Mrs. Claus expected. More info – 208-610-6512 (Chelsea)
Festive Gnome Painting– Sun, Dec 19, 11:00 AM – 1:30 PM- Pinot’s Palette- 728 N 4th St, Coeur d’Alene, ID
Celebrate the season with this festive gnome! Customize your gnome and upgrade to another surface option at your local studio! Must be 21 or older due to state law. Please present ID at door. Sign Up Here.
Holiday Ladies Night Out– Fri, Nov 19, 6PM- Velvet Hammer- 2049 N Main St, Coeur D’Alene, ID
Ladies, ladies, ladies! Come drink some wine and do some holiday shopping! This is our most favorite time of year at Velvet Hammer and we love to share it with all of you! We will have some fun giveaways and of course some sales too! Hope to see you there!
Turmoil in Santa’s Workshop – Family Friendly/Non-Murder– Crime Scene Entertainment– 1701 N 4th St, Suite D, Coeur d’Alene
It was time for the annual pre-Christmas toy production meeting in Christmas Village! Mrs. Santa sent the announcements to those most involved in the ‘Big Delivery’ on Christmas Eve. The day of the meeting arrived and Christmas Village quickly became deserted as the worker elves – who were given the afternoon off – went to have a blast at a Holiday-themed Amusement Park called Yule Tide World in Gingersnap Village. As expected, Dank the Elf staged an enormous protest about the elves having a break, but Santa had the final say !Accusations flew about the room regarding ‘who’ was currently holding up the Christmas toy production and sleigh loading processes. About midway through the meeting, Santa discovered the ultra-important Naughty and Nice List was missing from his inbox! To avoid a Christmas disaster, the North Pole leaders quickly rallied together to investigate who took the Naughty and Nice List before Christmas was ruined! Click HERE for Tickets.