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Holiday events in North Idaho

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Looking for something to do this weekend to kick off the holiday season? Here is a compilation of local North Idaho Events to help you get in on the holiday cheer!

Did we forget something? Comment below with your favorite local holiday event!

Journey to the North Pole Cruises 11/16/2018 – 01/01/2019 CDA Resort

Take an unforgettable holiday lake cruise across the sparkling waters to view more than 1.5 million twinkling holiday lights and visit Santa Claus and his elves at his waterfront toy workshop, where he magically speaks to each child by name!

This 40-minute cruise departs daily from November 16 – January 1st. Cruises depart at: 5:30 pm, 6:30 pm and 7:30 pm. Tickets and boarding takes place at The Resort Plaza Shops.


  • Adults: $22.25
  • Seniors (55+): $21.25
  • Children (6-12): $7.50
  • Ages 5 & under: FREE!

TICKETS:  -or- (855) 379-5478                      25% OFF – PREVIEW WEEK (NOV 16-21):

Enjoy 25% off ticket prices and a sneak peek of the Holiday Light Show Cruises! November 16 – 21, 5:30 pm, 6:30 pm & 7:30 pm. Tickets: Adults ($17.07), Seniors 55+ ($16.32), Children 6-12 ($6.00), 5 & under (FREE)!

A Merry Little Christmas Weekend 11/16 @ 6 PM – 11/18 @ 4

Get ready for our biggest event yet! We will have an additional unit here in the strip mall (unit 4061) filled with fun vendors who will be offering lots of Christmas items. This will be a 3-day event:

  • Friday 6PM-9PM
  • Saturday 10AM-5PM
  • Sunday 11AM-4PM

We will be offering DIY classes both Friday night and Sunday afternoon (events and tickets will be listed separately). Saturday we will have fun activities for kids and Santa may just make an appearance. Beer, Wine and food will be available for purchase also.

Coeur d’Alene High School Holiday Gift & Food Faire 11/17 @ 9-4 Canfield Middle School

NOTE: NEW LOCATION FOR THIS YEAR DUE TO CONSTRUCTION AT CHS!! Will now be held at Canfield Middle School. Contact info:

Celebrating our 28th year as Coeur d’Alene’s biggest and best Holiday Gift and Food Faire! $2 entry fee. Kids under 12 are free.

A Little Merry on the Prairie, holiday open house 11/17 @ 10-4, SW corner of Greensferry and Prarie

The barn will all be decked out and the gift shop brimming with goodies! Get a good jump start on your Christmas shopping, decorating and idea gathering!

A visit Christmas Tree Trading Company is sure to get you in The Christmas spirit!

We’ll have a great selection of Christmas pillow cases, stockings, personalized Santa bags, gifts, charm bar, and gourmet food items!

We are located on the SW corner of Greensferry and Prarie, you enter the property from Greensferry, you will see signage that points you in the right direction!

Lighting Ceremony Parade 11/23 @ 5-6:30 Sherman Ave

The Coeur d’Alene Downtown Association is pleased to present the 27th Annual Lighting Ceremony Parade Sponsored by Idaho Central Credit Union. Watch as the parade entries light up Sherman Avenue as they bring the Holiday Spirit to Downtown CDA with marching bands, dancing, music and festive floats!

Then gather on The Coeur d’Alene Resort Lawn for carols, and a countdown to a spectacular firework display complements of the Hagadone Corporation. At the end of the show, the switch is flipped and over 1.5 million lights brighten the downtown area!

Opening Night Friday d’Lights 11/23 @ 5-8 CDA Resort

Christmas officially arrives in Coeur d’Alene the day after Thanksgiving. Join us as we ring in the 2018 holiday season with the first opportunity to view the Festival of Trees displays. Bring your family and friends to enjoy entertainment by local artists while viewing the magnificent displays.

  • Open to the public, donations accepted at the door
  • Food and beverages available for purchase

Festival of Trees Brunch 11/24 @ 9-11 CDA Resort

Kick off your holiday as you socialize with your family and friends while enjoying a delightful brunch. A chance to view the beautiful trees and enjoy performances by local musicians and entertainers. A chance to win beautiful gift baskets too! $1 raffle tickets available for purchase.  Purchase your tickets today! $28.28

Festival Gala 11/24 @ 6-9 CDA Resort

Join us for an elegant evening at the community’s only black-tie, charitable celebration! Walk the red carpet, partake in holiday spirits, and indulge in a delectable three-course meal while surrounded by the display of ornately- decorated Christmas trees. The fundraising begins with the silent auction and buy-it-now tree sales, or participate in the live tree sale auction followed by entertainment, dancing, and more.

Purchase your tickets today!

2nd annual opening day and Tree lighting ceremony 11/24 @ 10am SW Corner of Greensferry & Prairie Ave

Join us for our season opening tree lighting ceremony! We’ll have Santa here from 11-5 so bring your camera and grab yourself a free picture with the jolly guy!

Get your tree nice and early this year, for the best selection and then you can enjoy it the entire season! We’ll have a bon fire with s’mores packs for just $1, along with cocoa and coffee. Our gift shop will be brimming with all kinds of goodies!

Our hours are 10-6, with the tree lighting ceremony beginning at 5. Come make us a part of your family tradition this Christmas season!

Family Day & Children’s Workshop 11/25 @ 11-2 CDA Resort

Enjoy viewing the tree displays, face-painting, crafts, photo with Santa, and holiday performances by local school groups.

  • Open to the public, donations accepted at the door
  • Food and beverages available
  • Visit with Santa
  • $1 per craft
  • $1 face painting

Fashion Show Luncheon 11/26/2018 @ 11-2  $50-100 CDA Resort

Make your plans now to attend the Festival of Trees Fashion Show! We expect another sell-out extravaganza with enthusiastic and generous supporters. This year promises to be our grandest event ever, filled with beauty, excitement and inspiration.

Your support and participation will be providing funding for the Kootenai Health 3 East expansion project. This expansion will provide 32 additional private rooms to provide much needed capacity relief.

Fashion Show Dinner 11/26 @ 5-8 CDA Resort

Fabulous fashions and beautifully decorated trees all for an outstanding cause. Transforming lives today, tomorrow and into the future! Make your plans now to attend the Festival of Trees Fashion Show! Buy your tickets today! We expect another sell-out extravaganza with enthusiastic and generous supporters. If you are ready to contribute your heart and support, commit now so that you are guaranteed a spot! This year promises to be our grandest event ever, filled with beauty, excitement and inspiration.

Your support and participation will be providing funding for the Kootenai Health 3 East expansion project. This expansion will provide 32 additional private rooms to provide much needed capacity relief.

Christmas Tree Elegance at Davenport Hotel 11/27 – 12/8 Davenport Hotel

A raffle for 12 fabulous custom decorated trees and gifts valued up to $4,999 on the mezzanine of the Historic Davenport Hotel. Six more trees are at River Park Square. Tickets are $1 for this raffle that benefits the Spokane Symphony.

For vendor opportunities: send us a message with a link to your professional social media or web page.

Women’s Entrepreneurship Day – Coeur d’Alene | Spokane 11/30 @ 4-9 NIC

We invite you to join us for Women’s Entrepreneurship Day (WeDO) Idaho – a conference for women entrepreneurs, business owners, founders, executives, policy makers and change agents.

When leaders grow, revenues grow, jobs are created and lives are changed. This is the mission of WeDO – to celebrate, empower, and support women in business to alleviate poverty in our local North Idaho and Eastern Washington communities as well as worldwide.

The Pacific Northwest’s leaders at every stage and every age will be gathering together on Friday, November 30th, 2018 at North Idaho College, Schuler Auditorium in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho to learn, encourage and grow our businesses, communities and lives. Be a part from the start! Your seat is waiting for you!

Hayden Lights 12/1 @ 5-8pm McIntire Family Park

Join us for the annual Hayden Lights Christmas Tree Lighting and Parade. The parade will begin at 5:00 p.m. at Hayden Avenue and runs south along Government Way. Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony immediately following the parade at McIntire Family Park. Free coffee, hot chocolate and cookies available. Children can visit Santa in the Council Chambers following the Lighting Ceremony. P1FCU will provide games and crafts for the kids as well! If you have any questions please contact the Hayden Recreation & Community Events Department at (208) 209-1080.

Breakfast with Santa 12/8 @ 9-11 Boys & Girls Club CDA

Back by popular demand! Everyone is welcome to our 2nd annual Breakfast with Santa! Come enjoy breakfast, raffles, Santa pictures and write letters (you may just get a response)!

Mark your calendars! More info to come! 100% of proceeds go to the Christmas For Kids program.

Downtown Live Neigh-tivity & Santa Visits 12/8 @ 1-6 Sherman Square Park

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.

The Holiday Market 12/9 @ 10-4 CDA Resort

Hello holidays! A community gathering of Inland Northwest artists, jewelers, bakers, and crafters staging an open marketplace, complete with food samples, shopping, and all the holiday music. 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM, at The Coeur d’ Alene Resort’s Convention Center.

Children’s Christmas Party 12/16 @ 1-4  Post Falls Post 143 American Legion

Post 143’s annual Children’s Christmas Party will be on Dec 16 from 1-4 pm. This is open to the public and we hope to see all our neighbors and friends with their children and grandchildren at this fun event. Santa will here!!

Mac & Cheese Festival 1/19/19 @ 12-6 210 E Sherman Ave

Mac & Cheese Festival celebrates your favorite childhood dish by featuring variations carefully prepared by local Coeur d’Alene Chefs who will be competing for the Golden Noodle Award! Attendees will enjoy a comfort-food-filled day tasting different cheesy dishes with perfect craft beer pairings and get to vote for their favorite dish to help award the People’s Choice Trophy!


  • KIDDIE MAC – $10 (children 12 years & under)
    • 4 Mac & Cheese Tasters
  • MAC PACK – $20
    • 6 Mac & Cheese Tasters
  • MAC & BEER – $30 (21+)
    • 8 (4 oz.) Beer Tastings
    • 6 Mac & Cheese Tasters
    • Commemorative Pint Glass
  • VIP EXPERIENCE – $50 (21+)
    • In & out access to VIP Lounge which offers: unlimited tasters of exclusively made gourmet Mac & Cheeses by top Resort Chefs, free water and soda, private restrooms, tables and seating.
    • Priority check-in at the private VIP Lounge located in Taphouse Unchained
    • Free Parking in the Coeur d’Alene Resort Parking Garage
    • 6 tasting tickets for Mac in general areas
    • 8 (4 oz.) beer tastings in the VIP Lounge for premium craft beers or in the general areas.
    • Commemorative pint glass
    • VIP check-in will start at 11:00 am at the VIP Lounge door (Taphouse Unchained), the lounge will open at 11:30.

Extra mac and/or beer tickets will be available for purchase on the day. Not sold separately.

**All tasters must be consumed on site. To-go boxes prohibited. Packages may not be shared between multiple people. Tickets available while supplies last. Must purchase package with wristband to taste Mac. **

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