Things to do
Children’s Village Benefit Skate Night - All admission proceeds to benefit Children’s Village. Bring a canned food item or new baby item donation and receive a ticket to enter to win prizes. 5-8 p.m., Skate Plaza, Dalton Ave., Coeur d’Alene. $5/include quad skates, inlines are an additional $2. (208) 667-1189 or (208) 772-9507.
Holiday Band Concert - Presented by Central Valley High School. 7 p.m., Central Valley High School, 821 S. Sullivan Road, Spokane Valley. (509) 228-5100.
“Gloria” - Christmas concert presented by Northwest Christian middle and high school students. 7 p.m., Northwest Christian School Chapel, 5104 E. Bernhill Road, Colbert. (509) 238-4005.
Tactic’s Toys-For-Tots/Teens Fundraiser - Thai buffet provided by Bangkok Cuisine and live entertainment by local musicians. Bring new and unwrapped toy, clothing, book and school supplies for children through age 16. 6:30-9 p.m., Panida Presentation Theater, 302 N. First Ave., Sandpoint. $10/door. (208) 263-9191.
“A Little Princess”- The story is about a girl who had everything, lost everything but kept her spirits high and kindness in her heart and in the end she perseveres. Bring a new book for a child to be distributed by Toys for Tots. Shows today-Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m., Lake City Playhouse, 1320 E. Garden Ave., Coeur d’Alene. $10-16. (208) 676-1323.
“Commissioned, A Christmas Story”- Today and Saturday at 7 p.m. Presented by Paradosi Christian Ballet Company. 35-minute production with dance and drama depicting the humanity of Joseph and Mary and their calling, to bring to the physical Earth, the son of God. Preceding the show will be a Christmas Collection of Inspirational dances by local dance groups including: Belle, Peakes, Peake Interpretive, and more. Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave. $12. (800) 325-SEAT.
“A Scrooge Christmas” - Presented by Theater Arts for Children. An adaptation by Thomas Hischak of the Charles Dickens holiday classic: “A Christmas Carol.” Today and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m., Spokane Valley Partners building, 10814 E. Broadway Ave., Spokane Valley. $7/adults, $5age 12 and younger. (509) 768-3235.
“Ponyo” - Hayao Miyasaki’s animated Japanese film inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale, “The Little Mermaid.” Shows today and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave., Sandpoint. $7/adults, $6/seniors and students, $4/children. (208) 263-9191.
Ruff Revue - Group of talented dogs and their owners, who “dance” to both Christmas and popular songs, in a variety of holiday costumes. The performance is free and recommended to dog-lovers of all ages. 11 a.m., East Central Senior Center, 500 S. Stone St. Free. (509) 625-6693.
“It’s a Wonderful Life” - Watch Frank Capra’s classic holiday film starring James Stewart and Donna Reed. Also enjoy carolers, Santa Claus, hot chocolate and popcorn. Today and Saturday 7 p.m., Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre, 508 S. Main St., Moscow, Idaho. $6/adults, $3/age 12 and younger. Bring a can of food to donate and receive $1 off admission. (208) 882-4127.
“A Christmas Carol” - Performed by Christian Youth Theatre of North Idaho. 7 p.m. Christ the King Lutheran Church, 1700 E. Pennsylvania Ave., Coeur d’Alene. $5/person or $20/family. (208) 765-8600.
“Season’s Greetings” - Blue Door Theatre Players will perform a show spinning holiday tales before your very eyes. All ages welcome. Dec. 4 and 18. 8 p.m. Blue Door Theatre, 815 W. Garland Ave. $9/general admission, $7/children, seniors and students with valid ID. (509) 747-7045.
“The Nutcracker Ballet” - Presented by Millwood Children’s Ballet Theatre. Shows at 2 and 7 p.m. Tickets available at Company Ballet School in Millwood. Spokane Community College Lair Auditorium, 1810 N. Greene St. $8. (509) 869-5573.
Mitten Storytime - This year award winning author/illustrator Jan Brett celebrates the release of the 20th anniversary edition of her winter tale “The Mitten.” Look at some of Jan Brett’s illustrated picture books, then tell your own mitten story at home with cutouts of the animals and a giant mitten you stitch together yourself. All ages. 11 a.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, Children’s Section, 402 W. Main Ave. Free. (509) 838-0206.
Merry Moose-tletoe - Reading of “Mudgy & Millie” by author Susan Nipp; singing with the Mudgy and Millie characters and book signing by author and local sculptor, Terry Lee. Reading of holiday stories in the Shirley Parker Storyroom by Ellen Travolta, Jack Bannon and Sally Dodge. Noon, Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front Ave., lower level, Coeur d’Alene. Free. (208) 769-2315.
Eagle Cruise - All ages. Enjoy an afternoon cruise around Lake Coeur d’Alene while observing eagles in their natural habitat. Pre-registration is required. 1-3 p.m., Coeur d’Alene Lake Boardwalk Marina, Coeur d’Alene. $19/adults, $12/ages 6-12, free/age 5 and younger. (509) 625-6200.
Jazz Northwest Benefit Concert - Benefit concert of jazz and Christmas music for Children’s Village. 7:30 p.m., Kroc Center, 1765 W. Golf Course Road, Coeur d’Alene. $10/adults, $5/seniors and youth ages 6-17, free/age 5 and younger. (509) 990-0100 or (208) 667-1189.
Rockford Community Christmas - The annual community Christmas potluck. Noon, McIntosh Grange, First and Lake streets, Rockford, Wash.
Campbell House - Visitors can tour the historic house on their own, listen to student pianists live, watch historic cooking demonstrations in the kitchen and check out the special display of historic artifacts including period dresses, World War I mementos and antique calling card cases. Several guided tours will be available daily 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture, 2316 W. First Ave. Included in the regular museum admission, including guided tours. (509) 456-3931.
“Holly Jolly Holidays” at the Coeur d’Alene Library - Children’s December library programs include: Preschool Storytime for ages 3-5, Wednesdays from 10:30-11 a.m. and 1-1:30 a.m.; Tales for Twos and Threes, Tuesdays from 11-11:30 a.m.; Book Babies Lap-Sit for ages newborn to 2 accompanied by a parent or adult, Tuesdays from 10:15-10:45 a.m. and Fridays from 10:30-11 a.m.; Lonely Books Club for ages 9 to 12, Wednesday from 4-5 p.m.; Lego Club for ages 5 to 10, Thursdays from 4-5 p.m. Programs run through Friday. Coeur d’Alene Library, 702 E. Front Ave., Coeur d’Alene. Free. (208) 769-2315, Ext. 438.
Horse and Carriage Rides - Runs through Dec. 24. Travels through downtown Spokane. Sponsored by Spokane Teachers Credit Union and the Downtown Spokane. First come, first served. No reservations. Fridays, 3-8 pm.; Saturdays-Sundays, noon-5 p.m.; Christmas Eve, noon-3 p.m. corner of Wall Street at Main Ave. Free. (509) 456-0580, Ext. 102.
Santa Express - Runs through Dec. 23. Fundraiser for Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery. With the help of Santa’s elves (volunteers), young shoppers ages 4-12 choose gifts for everyone on their list and wrap each gift so it’s ready to go under the tree. All gifts are priced from 50 cents to $7.50. Vanessa’s Village, located in the entry of Santa Express, welcomes shoppers of all ages. Open Mondays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sundays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Skywalk level of Crescent building on the corner of Main and Wall streets, downtown Spokane. (509) 220-5907.