The holiday season is here and with it is an abundance of events and activates that are coming up in our area. Whether you want to shop for gifts at a local holiday market, take the kids to see Santa, sit cozy in an igloo sipping cocktails or go see the dazzling lighting displays. There is no shortage of ways to have festive fun in the up coming weeks.

Use this guide to help decide where to go and what to do before, after or on the holidays, you're sure to find something to put you in the holiday spirit.

***In case of cancellations or schedule changes, always check times and dates before you go.

Photo Credit to River Park Square

Santa at River Park Square


-Reservations Required

Santa Claus returns this holiday season with safety precautions in place to accommodate social distancing. Reserve your time slot to visit Santa under River Park Square’s sparkling 50-foot tree.

Click here to schedule

*STCU members receive $10.00 off holiday photo packages when using an STCU credit or debit card at purchase! To redeem the member discount online, simply enter the first six digits of your credit or debit card as the promo code at checkout.

Gingerbread Build-off NOVEMBER 15TH -DECEMBER 23RD

The 16th annual gingerbread competition returns to Northern Quest – with a virtual twist. Purchase a mini DIY gingerbread kit benefiting Christ Kitchen at Windfall or Marketplace anytime through Dec 23. Then watch the live professional competition online Dec 6. You can check out finished creations at Northern Quest Dec 7-23, vote for your favorite(s), and take part in a scavenger hunt, too.

Buy kits here

Watch the live competition online Sunday, Dec 6 from 10am-1:30pm.

Photo Credit to Davenport Hotel

Igloos- Enjoy a Frost-Kissed Evening On The Terrace!


Six outdoor Grand Terrace Igloos located at The Davenport Grand Hotel. Sip on signature cocktails and enjoy impressive views of Spokane’s iconic skyline in the luxurious igloo's. Reserve here

Snow Globes at Luna


Luna Snow Globe package promises a luxurious and refined ambiance that guests can enjoy all to themselves during dinner service.  Elevated outdoor dining delivers a seasonally-specific menu and sophisticated winter-style décor as well as exclusive cocktails that guests can only order within the Globes.

Reserve here

Winter Glow Spectacular


A free holiday festive drive through that happens yearly at Orchard Park 20298 E. Indiana Ave. One of the best ways to enjoy all the lights.

More info here

Lighting Up The Night At Riverfront Park


The Holiday Tree Walk will feature up to 40 adopted trees. Experience the Singing Sculpture at the Rotary Fountain, a responsive light display the that interacts with sound, as well as a nightly holiday light show at the Pavilion and seasonal Clock Tower lighting. Lighting the traditional tree will be a live streaming event on Friday November 27th.

Photo Credit to Justalittlebitofcoffee

Numerica Skate Ribbon

Opening for the holiday season soon. Reservations must be made online prior to arriving at the Numerica Skate Ribbon.

Unlimited Ice Passes now on sale To purchase click here

Free Horse Carriage Rides


Offered by Wheatland, Horse and Carriage Rides will be starting Black Friday through Christmas Eve. Enjoy the sights from a horse drawn carriage, sing your favorite carols with family and friends, and sit back to enjoy the ride.

Pick-up at Riverfront Park at the Visit Spokane Visitor’s Center located next to the Rotary Fountain, across from Wheatland Bank (Howard and Spokane Falls Blvd)

Riders are required to pre-register for a specific time-slot and may not gather in-line for an extended period of time

Ruby Nights and Holiday Lights


Ruby Nights and Holiday Lights will be at Ruby River Hotel. A magical story book walk with Manny the Marmot who needs help finding Santa. Life-sized storyboards will direst visitors down a festively lighted path on the hunt for him. At the end of the journey, visitors will find a socially-distanced Santa.

Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 3-12. Buy your tickets:

Photo Credit to River Park Square

Christmas Tree Elegance


Beautifully theme decorated trees set up for raffle action at River Park Square on the 2nd level. Raffle tickets will be available on-site for $1 each. Virtual drawing ceremony to be held Sunday, December 13.

More info here

Gaiser Conservatory Light Show

Holiday Lights at Manito Park's Gaiser Conservatory transforms into a winter wonderland, featuring over 30,000 lights.

Opening date to be announced soon.

Pavilion Holiday Light Show


Photo Credit to River Front Park

Numerica Skyride

River Front Park has one specially chosen skyride cabin that will have its interior decorated in style for the season so whoever steps in will be in for a surprise.

**Holiday Events in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

Photo Credit to CDA Resort

Whispers Igloos on the Lake


Indulge in frosted views and frostier cocktails from the warmth of our "Igloos on the Lake" at Whispers Lounge. For a limited time, enjoy the fresh air and privacy of The Coeur d'Alene Resort's Igloos, set on the outdoor patio, overlooking spectacular sunset views of Lake Coeur d'Alene.(Maximum of 6 people per reservation)

  • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM | Open Seating - Reservations and minimums are not required

  • 4:00 - 10:00 PM | *Reservations required for 2-hour time periods

Book online or call a reservation specialist at 855-990-0246

Santa's Sneak Peek Week

NOVEMBER 13TH-26TH, 2020

Holiday Lights Preview complete with overnight accommodations, two adult Sneak Peek Holiday Lights Journey to the North Pole Lake Cruise tickets and Cookies delivered to your room by Santa’s Elves.

  • Includes Complimentary Return Stay Certificate for January, 2021 (based on availability).

Available for stays from 11/13 - 11/26 only.

Fireside Story Time with Santa's Elves

NOVEMBER 13 - JANUARY 3RD 2021 This holiday season, Santa Claus is sending some of his favorite elves from the North Pole to Lake Coeur d'Alene to help spread some Christmas cheer! Join for a daily Fireside Storytime with Santa’s Elves in The Coeur d'Alene Resort Lobby! Reading begins at 4:30 pm - this family-friendly event is complimentary to all Resort Guests and all ages are welcome!

Holiday Market Place

NOVEMBER 27TH - 29TH Join for a festive weekend full of holiday cheer! First annual Holiday Marketplace will be held in The Coeur d'Alene Resort Convention Center and will feature local vendors showcasing their hand-crafted goods, entertainment, live food and beverage demonstrations, concessions, no-host bar, and a special appearance from the big man himself - Santa Claus! FREE admission.

  • Friday, November 27 | 12:00 - 4:00 PM

  • Saturday, November 28 | 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

  • Sunday, November 29 | 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Holiday Light Show Cruise

NOVEMBER 27 - JANUARY 1, 2021 Over a million lights. A priceless memory. A family tradition. Experience the magic of the holidays aboard the "Journey to the North Pole" Holiday Lights Lake Coeur d'Alene Cruises with daily evening departures to the North Pole, where Santa greets each child by name.

Photo Credit to CDA Resort

Coeur d'Alene Resort New Year's Party

DECEMBER 31ST, 2020 Ring in the New Year in style on Lake Coeur d’Alene! Join us for our Annual New Year’s Eve Party, featuring a gourmet dinner with live music performances, a best-dressed contest, dancing, two fireworks shows and a hosted champagne toast at midnight This is truly an event not to miss! Be sure to come outfitted in your finest formal/cocktail attire – exclusive prize for the best dressed.

Hot Winter Nights

JANUARY 2ND 2021- FEBUARY 15TH, 2021

A giant infinity-pool-turned-hot-tub, complete with a lakeside bar and warming fire access.

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