Coeur d'Alene Resort to Animate World's Tallest Living Christmas Tree

More than 40,000 lights to adorn the 162-foot Christmas tree.

//©2009 Coeur D'Alene Resort

Couer D'Alene Resort Holiday Light Show

The Coeur d'Alene Resort has just unveiled its latest plans for the 2009 Coeur d'Alene Holiday Light Show.

"This year we are animating the world's tallest living Christmas tree," said Jerry Jaeger, president and co-owner of Hagadone Hospitality. "We will have thousands of lights all twinkling in time to the music of Jingle Bells."

The Christmas tree, a 162-foot Grand Fir that is more than twice as tall as New York's Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, will have more than 40,000 lights along with a 10-foot star at the top. Two miles of electrical wiring connect the LED lights, which use 90 percent less energy than conventional light bulbs.

Other new additions to the Holiday Light Show include several new lighted animal characters at The North Pole, which already includes Santa's workshop, dancing elves, a village scene and reindeer, as well as the popular "Twelve Days of Christmas" sing-along display. Founded in 1986, the Holiday Light Show now includes more than 250 displays and 1.5 million lights, and has become a favorite Northwest holiday destination.

This year, Frosty the Snowman debuts as the official greeter for every nightly Journey to the North Pole cruise. Other new live characters this year will be The Grinch, several elves and a reindeer.

Every child under the age of 12 rides for free on the Journey to the North Pole Cruise, where children are also treated to a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus. The live characters call out the children's names and lead cruise passengers in a countdown to light up the giant Christmas tree. Passengers are also treated to "magic snow" which falls on cue for each cruise regardless of time or temperature.

The show will be illuminated during the Coeur d'Alene Holiday Light Show Opening Ceremony on Nov. 27, starting at 5:30 p.m., which includes a lighted parade, Christmas carols, candle lighting and a gigantic fireworks show over Lake Coeur d'Alene.