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The Chocolate Affair

The Chocolate Affair

The Chocolate Affair is a culinary delight being hosted in different downtown businesses. Grab your galentines and enjoy locally hand-crafted sweet treats. 

Tickets include one bite-sized chocolate at each tasting location. You will also have the option add 8 (1oz) wine tastings at certain locations. 

The chocolatiers are competing during this event which will be on February 10th from 3-7 pm. 

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Smores by the Shores Coeur d’Alene

Smores by the Shores

Smores by the Shores is put on by Whisper’s through the cold winter months. Bundle up in your hat and gloves and head over with your family or friends for Smores fun. 

Reservations are not required from 10-3 pm. Smores kits during this time run for $10.

Reservations are required from 3-9 pm and the cost is $7 for up to 6 guests. Price includes one seasonal cocktail carafe. 

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Mac and Cheese Festival Coeur d’Alene

Mac and Cheese Festival in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

Mac and Cheese Festival

What is more comforting on a chilly winter day than a hot serving of Mac & Cheese? CDA is doing it right by hosting an entire festival dedicated to this delectable dish. January 13th, 2024 from 12-6 PM, taste and vote for your favorite Mac prepared by local chefs competing for the Golden Noodle Award. Even better, craft beer tastings are on the menu as well!

Now, this isn’t just your typical take on our favorite comfort food. Past fan favorites include Mac & Cheese Waffle Cones, Mac & Cheese Tacos, and even Cheesy Gelato. You never know what the chefs will come up with this year! To learn more click this link

This family-friendly activity is perfect for the whole group or an adventurous date night. End the night on the Whisper’s patio where you can enjoy Smores by the Shores. For just $10 during the day session, enjoy a Smores kit around the fire with a great view of the lake! Starting at 3 pm, reservations are required. Bring your friends and enjoy 6 Smores kits and a seasonal cocktail carafe for $75 total. 

Coeur d’Alene comes alive in the winter with activities for everyone to enjoy. Whether you come to enjoy the lights or spend your days on the slopes, you can always count on something fun happening in our winter wonderland town.

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Winter Lights Art Display Coeur d’Alene

Winter Lights Art Display in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

Winter Lights Art Display

As the days get shorter and the sun sets at 4 pm, it seems like the only thing to look forward to here in CDA is the Christmas Lights. What happens when those come down? Does all the joy disappear from the town? 

Luckily, Christmas lights will not be the only things on display this winter in CDA. January 26th-February 4th, enjoy the free Winter Lights in downtown Coeur d’Alene. An immersive art experience awaits all ages to enjoy large-scale, light-based artworks, colorfully lit sculptures, and interactive displays. 

Add to the fun by attending Illuminate January 27th, the kick-off party that includes appetizers, adult beverages, live artists, performances, and live music. Visit to purchase tickets.

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Scenic Hot Cocoa Cruise Coeur d’Alene

Scenic Hot Cocoa Cruise Coeur d'Alene, Idaho in the winter

Scenic Hot Cocoa Cruise Coeur d’Alene

Nothing is more iconic about Coeur d’Alene than the lake. When people ask why we love this little town so much that we will endure 3 months of snow to live here, I always tell them how lucky we are to live so close to the water. Even when you can’t swim in it, there is something so soothing about hearing the waves and looking out to the snow-capped mountains on the other side. 

My personal favorite way to see the lake is on a boat, and this winter you can! Every Friday through Sunday in January, February, and March, scenic hot cocoa cruises will take you out to see Coeur d’Alene in the best way possible. Warm up with the purchase of a hot cocoa bar (spiked options for the adults!) and enjoy the views on this 90-minute ride. Sit inside where it is warm and cozy or adventure up to the top deck to get a 360-degree view of the lake and downtown. Cruises depart at 12:30 and 2:30 pm from The Floating Boardwalk to the east of the CDA Resort. Visit to purchase tickets and view the adult hot cocoa menu. 

Scenic cruises are a favorite family activity for your first time in CDA or your 100th time. With the cold weather, all is made better with hot coca aboard.

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CDA On Ice – Ice Skating in Coeur d’Alene

Ice Skating in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho in January or February. People having fun.

CDA On Ice

Ice Skating in Coeur d’Alene

One of the best things about winter in CDA is all the activities there are to do. With the cold setting in, one of our favorite activities is back – ice skating! In the heart of downtown Coeur d’Alene, an ice skating rink is built each winter to help people enjoy the colder months. Come together with locals and visitors alike to enjoy the music, lights, and view of the lake at CDA On Ice.

There are a few things to know before you go. Tickets must be purchased in order to skate. Ages 3-12 years are $14 and ages 13 and up are $18 for a 90-minute session. Sessions are pre-scheduled time slots in which you can skate. If you show up in the middle of a pre-scheduled time slot, you can still pay to skate for the remainder of the session but will still have to pay full price. Spectators coming to watch are not charged for admission. Anyone skating does need to sign a waiver so we highly recommend showing up early to get that filled out. To purchase tickets visit

There is a food truck on site that serves hot cocoa, hot dogs, pizza, donuts, and more! Igloos are also available for rent and include a fireplace heater, seating for 8 or 10, and loaded hot cocoa. Whether you are in an igloo or out on the ice, you are sure to enjoy your night!

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