Thousands turn out for Coeur d'Alene holiday lighting ceremony

Thousands turn out for Coeur d'Alene holiday lighting ceremony

COEUR D'ALENE, IDAHO - In a tradition that has been running for over a quarter of a century, Friday nights mild weather drew thousands to downtown Coeur d'Alene for the Coeur d'Alene Resort's annual holiday light show.

"We love it, it is so much fun each year," said Ethan Kirking.

It was standing room only as the parade passed by, with onlookers excitedly cheering on high school bands, decked out trucks,, happy marchers and floats filled with onlookers.

"I am all about Christmas," said Brittany Simonich. "I am all about family. My daughter is excited to see Santa and I'm ready to sing some songs."

"Coming down to see this is a tradition that started when my parents first moved here," said Julie Kirking. "It is just something that we do with the family after Thanksgiving."

When it came to the fireworks following the parade, the crowds anticipation was felt with the enthusiastic countdown.

"It was a really great turnout this year," said Cassidy Kirking. "There is a ton of people here and the weather is super great. Its just amazing."

The fireworks culminated in a stunning finale and when the sky turned dark after the last firework, it was to cheers that over 1.5 million lights were lit for a nationally recognized event.