Take a Holiday Lake Cruise in Coeur d’Alene

by Susie Wall

Whether you’re a kid or a just kid at heart, the Journey to the North Pole cruise on Lake Coeur d’Alene is a dazzling way to celebrate the holiday season. 

Book your seats on one of two 90-minute cruises that sail the day after Thanksgiving to witness the official lighting ceremony and fireworks display. From then until January 2nd the Journey to the North Pole cruises are in full swing with three 40-minute cruises that run daily at 5:30, 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. Take advantage of Santa’s Sneak Peek Week when cruises are offered the week before Thanksgiving at a discounted price so you can experience the same spectacular light show and see Santa before the crowds. A special cruise runs on December 31 to ring in the new year.

Whichever cruise you choose, bundle up and board the double-decker ship where you and the family can roam the decks with a steaming mug of hot cocoa and cider in hand. Elves will entertain the children and point out the best views as you sail on the waters of Lake Coeur d’Alene. Glide past over 1 million twinkling lights to see floating holiday scenes as Christmas characters like the mean old Grinch and red-nosed Rudolph waive to the passengers. 

The height of the cruise is a stop at Santa’s floating toy workshop where the man himself, Mrs. Claus and a gaggle of elves greet excited children. The little ones will squeal in delight as Santa reads off the name of each child aboard the cruise from his Nice List. Then as the captain slowly turns back toward the dock, fireworks will fill the air to cap off the evening as bright colors light up the sky above and reflect off the waves below. 

For an extra special treat, book a private charter for you and up to 25 of your friends and family. The Platinum Package offers bottomless hot cocoa and cookies and a full hosted bar. 

If you’re looking to celebrate all year round, Lake Coeur d’Alene Cruises offer a wide range of voyages throughout the year. Get up close to dozens of bald eagles nesting in the treetops. Feast on steak and salmon while watching the sunset over the lake. Catch the multitude of colorful leaves as summer turns to fall. 

Visit cdacruises.com for tickets and a list of all the cruises. Plan your stay in Coeur d’Alene at coeurdalene.org.