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Coeur d’Alene In Winter – Best Things To Do In A Winter Wonderland

There’s no shortage of fun things to do in Coeur d’Alene in winter. Whether you’re looking for outdoor or indoor activities this vibrant town is perfectly poised to deliver an amazing experience. Surrounded by Idaho’s famous lakes, skiing, and some of the best winter carnivals you won’t be disappointed.

Let’s have a look at just some of the ways to enjoy Coeur d’Alene and the surrounding areas in winter.

Lighting Ceremony and Parade

Coeur d’Alene winter parade

Coeur d’Alene loves winter festivities and to kick it off with a bang…they flip a switch. A light switch that is, to over 1.5 million lights and fireworks to celebrate winter. The massive parade and festival kicks off December 1st but don’t worry if you can’t make it. Because this is just the beginning and the lights will stay lit all winter to accompany a plethora of great winter events for the whole family to enjoy.

Coeur d’Alene Resort – Massive Lakeside Hot Tub

It doesn’t get much better than this after a long day of skiing. Coeur d’Alene Resort turned their infinity pool into a giant hot tub, and it’s the perfect cure for a winter chill. Did we mention the experience comes with wintery cocktails, cozy robes, warming stations, and frosty lake views?

Coeur d’Alene in Winter
Coeur d’Alene winter lake cruise

The resort hosts some other great winter festivities including Santa’s Family Getaway, Holiday Lights Boat Cruise, “Saving Christmas” Holiday Show, and the New Year’s Midnight Masquerade. You can learn about these events here, Coeur d’Alene Resort Seasonal Events.

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Igloos on the Lake at Whispers

Winter dining Coeur d’Alene

Throw down a frosty cocktail while basking in the warmth of a lake view igloo. These heated igloos feature luxurious interiors with intimate seating all while taking in breathtaking views of Lake Coeur d’Alene.

Guests 21 years of age and older can take cocktail hour to a whole new level. Igloos are available for rent in tow-hour time slots for $75 which includes a complimentary bottle of Champagne. You can call 855-990-0246 or click here to make reservations.

Journey to the North Pole Cruises

Coeur d’Alene winter cruise

Coeur d’Alene only gets better from the water. Take an unforgettable 40-minute lake cruise across the calm waters of Lake Coeur d’Alene. The 1.5 million twinkling holiday lights are only more stunning from the lake.

Kids will love the visit with Santa Claus and his elves at his waterfront toy workshop. Kids under 6 are FREE! More information here (208) 292-5670 or online.

Music & Art Walks

Downtown Coeur d’Alene local businesses host fantastic music performances on the fourth Friday of each month from January through March. The music walks are from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm where you can explore downtown businesses turned concert venues and sample music from local artists.

winter things to do in Coeur d’Alene

Along with the music are the Art Walks which happen on the second Friday of each month from April through December. All of the participating businesses are open extended hours and street parking is free for 2 hours. Visit www.coeurdalene.org for more information.

Downhill Skiing 

skiing northern idaho

There’s no shortage of awesome skiing in Norther Idaho and Coeur d’Alene is right in the middle of it all. With some of the best snow in the country catching some fresh pow is easy.

Just to the north you have Schweitzer ski area. The independently owned and operated 2900 acres ski area still has that small mountain feel but with big mountain skiing. Perfect for the entire family.

Just to the East you have Lookout Pass recently named the most family-friendly mountain resort in the Pacific Northwest. With over 400 inches of annual snowfall and some of the most affordable lift passes, Lookout Pass is a real gem.

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Triple Play Family Fun Park

Triple Play Family Fun Park
Coeur d’Alene winter activities

If you’re looking to knock it out of the park for the little ones the Triple Play Family Fun Park will do the trick. I’ll let you in on a little secret, it’s also really fun for us adults too. This indoor complex has far too many things to mention but here are some highlights. R.A.I.D. Rapid Alien Invasion Defense, Bumper cars, Bowling, Laser tag, Laser maze, and a Ropes Course to name just a few.

Firework Shows 

Coeur d’Alene winter fireworks

There’s no shortage of pomp and circumstance when visiting Coeur d’Alene in Winter. And if you’re looking for some amazing fireworks shows they are plentiful here. They have several shows that start with the Lighting Ceremony and end with the massive New years celebration. Head over to the events calendar for specific dates.

Walk McEuen Park

McEuen Park CDA Idaho

If you’re looking for a quick break from the city a walk through McEuen Park will likely do the trick. You might even catch a glimpse of one of the many Osprey that call this park home. The park located right downtown and is a perfect escape to stretch the legs for a bit.

Coeur d’Alene On Ice

Coeur d’Alene ice skating

If taking a walk though McEuen Park Doesn’t quench your thirst for adventure then try the newly opened Coeur d’Alene On Ice. The new ice rink located in McEuen park is a great way to celebrate the winter season. Take a relaxing skate while enjoying the outdoor sights of Coeur d’Alene Idaho.

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Holiday Shopping

Coeur d’Alene holiday shopping

Bundle up and take to the streets of Coeur d’Alene for a great holiday shopping experience. Coeur d’Alene is home to so many great mom and pop shops that promise unique gifts that you won’t find anywhere else.

With over 100 shops and restaurants in the heart of downtown you can literally shop till you drop. And when you do drop grab yourself a World-Famous burger from Hudsons.

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