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Holiday Cruise Lights In Coeur d'Alene

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The holiday lights in Coeur d'Alene are ready for action The holiday lights in Coeur d'Alene are ready for action
COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho -

The annual Coeur d'Alene Holiday Light Show Cruise launches its first boat tonight at Coeur d'Alene Resort Marina.

The cruise, which began in 1997, transports families from the docks of the marina across the lake to a massive North Pole scene set along Casco Bay.

In just 40 minutes, passengers visit Santa's workshop, hear from Kris Kringle himself, and even get a chance to lay eyes on the tallest animated tree in the world.

30 thousand lights decorate the animated tree. But it hardly overshadows the rest of the project, which incorporates more than 1.5 million lights in total.

The project also required eight miles of extension cords. Eight Coeur d'Alene Resort employees have worked full-time on the project since October 1st.

The cruise has grown in popularity over its 16 years. This year, they expect to carry more than 50 thousand passengers in total. They are even launching a week early because of last year's demand.

Cruises leave the marina at 5:30pm, 6:30pm, 7:30pm, and as needed based on demand. The marina recommends you arrive 45 minutes early, so you have a chance to visit Santa's workshop, which is set up inside the resort.

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