Counting down to Christmas

12 days and 12 ways to celebrate the season

On the first day of Christmas, according to the classic song with 12 verses, someone got a bird in a tree, but we have something better: 12 awesome ways to enjoy Coeur d’Alene, one for each of the 12 days prior to Christmas (and beyond).

Dec. 13, swing into the season with a VINTAGE CHRISTMAS SWING DANCE at the Jacklin Arts & Cultural Center (cdaballroomdancing.com). Lessons start at 7:30, dancing at 8:30. Tickets are $15, $20 at the door.

It’s CHRISTMAS BY CANDLELIGHT at Trinity Lutheran, featuring Chorale CDA rejoicing in song (choralecda.com). This not-to-be-missed event runs Dec. 13-14. Tickets are $15-$25.

Who doesn’t love little Ralphie Parker and his oddball family in A CHRISTMAS STORY? Enjoy Lake City Playhouse’s musical rendition through Dec. 15 (lakecityplayhouse.org). Tickets are $23-$25.

On Dec. 16, a CELTIC CHRISTMAS comes to the Kroc Center bringing the sweet melodies of classic holiday music, as well as Irish favorites (facebook.com/events/kroc-center-theater). The event features storytelling by none other than the nephew of Mr. White Christmas himself — Bing Crosby. Tickets are $26.

Enjoy the snow at SILVER MOUNTAIN (silvermt.com), open daily through the season (once snow permits). Ski, snowboard or slide down the mountain on a tube and consider making it an overnighter with ski-and-stay packages (starting at $81) or take advantage of mid-week lift ticket and lodging specials.

Get in the spirit at CHRISTMAS BY THE LAKE, a unique shop in downtown Coeur d’Alene featuring all things Christmas, from hundreds of types of ornaments to extraordinary decorations (christmasatthelake.com).

Celebrate the TRADITIONS OF CHRISTMAS, a heart-warming play featuring Christmas song and dance numbers from throughout the ages and around the globe (traditionsofchristmasnw.com). This Radio City Music Hall-style production returns for its eighth year at the Salvation Army Kroc Center, and runs from Dec. 19-23. Tickets are $21-$34.

Have a listen to A CHRISTMAS CAROL, narrated like a live-radio broadcast and based on Charles Dickens’ classic story. Performed by members of Coeur d’Alene Summer Theater (cdasummertheatre.com), this lively performance runs Dec. 19-22 at the Innovation Den. Tickets are $27.Inlander

The delightfully witty Ellen Travolta and her talented friends return to the Coeur d’Alene Resort for another year of music, stories and plenty of laughter with CHRISTMAS MIRACLES (cdaresort.com/play/events/holiday_show) through Dec. 22. Tickets are $27.50.

The 12 SKATES OF CHRISTMAS at Frontier Ice Arena will have you smiling ear to ear as you circle the glorious Christmas tree in the center of the rink (frontiericearena.org). This family-friendly event runs Dec. 22-Jan. 2. Skate rentals are $2, admission $7.

It’s a trip that will see you clear to the New Year! Take a JOURNEY TO THE NORTH POLE via Lake Coeur d’Alene on a cruise boat truly decked out for the holidays. Cruises run through Jan. 1 (cdacruises.com/daily-cruises/journey-north-pole). Tickets are $8.50-$23.25.

 

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