North Idaho

Coeur d'Alene gears up for holiday season

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - 23101094

Thanksgiving might be a week away but the holiday spirit is already alive in the Lake City, and businesses are hoping to cash in on the extra crowds.

On Lake Coeur d'Alene, a favorite holiday tradition is about to set sail. The nightly "Journey to the North Pole" Lake Cruise starts Friday.

"We can get people in the door to have dinner and then go on the cruise and vice versa," Casey Ryan with The Cellar said.

After the summer rush, things slow down at The Cellar but now they're raising their glass to another busy season full of holiday parties and fun.

"We try to gear up for that as much as we can. That means ordering more wine, as much as we can, getting new products out there, we actually just launched a new menu," Ryan said.

Nearby businesses like Java on Sherman are also gearing up for the extra traffic.

"We do the majority of our business for the year, during this time of year," Kyle Siegel with Java on Sherman said.

In fact, Siegel says during the holidays the coffee shop doubles if not triples their daily sales. After dealing with the McEuen Park construction for months, it's good news for the business.

"It kind of slowed down a little bit, not having 4th open has messed us up a little because people are used to parking right here," Siegel said.

But with more parking spaces opening next week, business are ready to make some money and get in the holiday spirit!

"We are waiting for Black Friday, Christmas, all those good ones! I'm stoked," Siegel said.

With the annual Lighting Ceremony Parade right around the corner, about half the parking spaces at the new downtown parking structure along with some spaces outside the structure will be open by November 27th.

The Lighting Ceremony Parade is on Friday, November 29th at 5 p.m.