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 ( 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 ( 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 ( 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 ( 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 (, 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 (

Celebrate the TRADITIONS OF CHRISTMAS, a heart-warming play featuring Christmas song and dance numbers from throughout the ages and around the globe ( 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 (, 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 ( 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 ( 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 ( Tickets are $8.50-$23.25.


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