It’s been a screen classic since 1946 when actor Jimmy Stewart first appeared in It’s a Wonderful Life as a man who needed his angel to see the good he’d done with his life. This year, see IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE at the Best Western Plus Coeur d’Alene Inn. This limited run production is a feel-good, family-friendly event staged as a live radio broadcast, 7-9 pm, on Dec. 11, 18 and 19. Tickets: $20 adults; $15 ages 6-12. Visit cdainn.com or call 208-765-3200. Ask about guest packages.
TRADITIONS OF CHRISTMAS returns to the Kroc Center with Santas from around the world, a tribute to American troops, turn-of-the-century Christmas carols, kids in cute costumes, choreographed dancers, a living nativity scene and more. Tickets: adults $34; children ages 4-12 $21. Visit kroccda.org/tickets or call 208-763-0681. Overnight stay packages available through Coeur d’Alene Inn.
Back by popular demand, Ellen Travolta and family star in CHRISTMAS UNWRAPPED at the Coeur d’Alene Resort. This cabaret-style performance features toy stories that range from funny to sentimental and runs Thursday-Saturday, 7:30 pm, and Sunday, 5 pm, through Dec. 16. Tickets: $27.50. Visit cdachristmas.com or call 866-835-3025. Ask about overnight packages.
The 70+ member Chorale Coeur d’Alene gives a stirring vocal performance at Trinity Lutheran Church with CHRISTMAS BY CANDLELIGHT on Friday, Dec. 7, at 7 pm and Saturday, Dec. 8, at 2 pm and 7 pm. Tickets: adults $20; children $10. Visit choralecda.com/christmas or call 208-446-2333.
Enjoy a free, festive holiday concert thanks to North Idaho College, which brings you SOUNDS OF CHRISTMAS at Boswell Hall. On Dec. 8 at 7:30 pm and again Dec. 9 at 2 pm, enjoy NIC’s Wind Symphony, Cardinal Chorale and Chamber Singers performing a range of holiday classics. Visit www.nic.edu/events or call 208-769-3300.
Downtown Live Neigh-tivity
Holiday memories are made at Neigh-tivity Live in downtown Coeur d’Alene. This family-friendly event features a live animal petting stable, a manger scene photo booth, carolers, hot chocolate and more — all for FREE thanks to event organizers at the Coeur d’Alene Downtown Association, First Presbyterian and Trinity Lutheran. Children will be delighted by a menagerie of animals, from camels and donkeys, to goats and sheep. Neigh-tivity Live runs from 1-4 pm in Sherman Square Park (315 Sherman Ave.).
The fun continues Saturday afternoon when Santa arrives in the Lake City in style riding a vintage fire truck decked out with thousands of lights. Whisper what’s on your Christmas list in his ear or capture this year’s holiday card on camera. Santa will be snapping selfies and visiting with children from 4-6 pm at the corner of Second Street and Sherman Avenue. If you want to stay off the naughty list, the Coeur d’Alene Fire Department is collecting canned food donations onsite.