Saturday, December 6, 2008

Merry Christmas, Coeur d'Alene!

Every year on the day after Thanksgiving, people from all over the Inland Northwest gather in front of the Coeur d'Alene Resort to watch the Holiday Lighting Ceremony. It's a big deal -- there is a parade an hour beforehand, and then at precisely 6:00 (no sooner!) a few speeches are made, candles are lit, and the whole town joins in singing Silent Night. It's pretty awesome. As soon as the singing is done, the countdown begins and BOOM! The BEST fireworks show EVER begins. After the fireworks are over, the switch is flipped and all the lights around town come alive.

This year it snowed for the first time on the day after Thanksgiving. So, the fireworks show was cut short by a little because it was cloudy and hard to see anything. But it was still awesome.

I found a video of the 2007 fireworks show and I thought I'd share it with all of you. As you can see, the fireworks show is close to 8-minutes (I think it's slightly over) and it is accompanied by an upbeat mix of Mannheim Steamroller and Trans-Siberian Orchestra music, which makes it even more awesome!

Merry Christmas!!!!

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