More than 30,000 people lined the streets around the Coeur d'Alene Resort Friday night for one of our region's best holiday traditions, the Holiday Lights Show.
It all started around 5 p.m. with a parade down Sherman Avenue. The sidewalks were lined with people as school bands and floats strutted through the middle of the street. It all ended near the resort where carolers welcomed the crowd.
Then, everyone was treated to a seven minute fireworks display, where more than 1200 shells exploded over the lake. The fireworks were paid for by the resort's Hagadone family as a thank you to the community.
Kids from around the region, smiled wide as the show came to the finale.
"It was really colorful, it looked like thunder," one girl said.
It was a first for some adults too. Willie May is from Southern California, but will spend his first holiday season in a colder environment. May says this was the way to start it.
"The lighting over there is amazing, and I saw this awesome dragon that's blowing out fire. Yeah, I want to check that out," he said of the show's newest attraction.
Coeur d'Alene will now be illuminated by 1.5 million lights. There are 255 displays. 75-percent of the bulbs are led lights so they're supposed to be brighter, more clear, and more energy efficient. The display took 15 people two months to set up.