COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho -

Fireworks lit up the sky to kick off the holiday light show in Downtown Coeur D'Alene Friday night.

"It really sets the mood for the beginning of the season," says Margaux Spendlove who has been to the event for more than 30 years.

"It was amazing and beautiful and I didn't know what to expect," says Blake Spendlove who came to the show for the first time.

For Coeur d'Alene couple Katherine Thrasher and Kenny Dodge, coming to the show is a tradition.

"It was the best ever and best year. I've come 5 or 6 years and it was amazing," says Thrasher.

After the fireworks, comes the lights-1.5 million to be exact, making it one of the biggest light shows in the nation. Trees and buildings lit up as well as reindeer over Lake Coeur d'Alene.

"The warm and fuzzies! As soon as the fireworks show ends and lights go on with the wreath and new year, it's pretty happy," says Dodge.

"It's a good start to Christmas season. It's not Christmas until you have that big kickoff

and nativity, you know when they sing, candles lit, it's nice to be with all the people," says Thrasher.

Overall, it's great time to share the holiday spirit with family and friends.

"Happy Holidays!" cheer Marguax and Blake Spendlove.

The "Journey to the North Pole" 40 minute boat cruise goes from November 26 to January 2nd 2017. Adult tickets are $22.25 and children 5 and under are free.