The holidays are a special time of year to be in Sandpoint!

Open for skiing! 

Festive events lined up at Schweitzer 

Skiers and boarders are taking their first turns of the season as Schweitzer Mountain Resort - now open daily - hosts an exciting month full of great events. First and foremost, Community Day on Dec. 13, is a terrific fundraiser for all - lift tickets are just $10 for the day, and all proceeds benefit two local nonprofits. More festive events in December include Santa skiing the slopes Dec. 23-24, with a Balloon Parade for all Dec. 24. The resort also hosts New Year's Eve parties for all ages Dec. 31 - get tickets at or call 208-255-3081.
december events
5-7 Festival of Trees
10 Celtic Christmas concert
18 Nutcracker Ballet
23-24 Santa @ Schweitzer
31 NYE parties at Schweitzer, The Hive
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Visitor Guide

Shop & party? Yes, please!

The Sandpoint Shopping District knows how to celebrate the season for shoppers and diners alike - with events and parties that are all about enjoying this unique downtown of ours! The First Friday shopping event and after-party at the Pend d'Oreille Winery is Dec. 6, followed by the Girls Night Out festive shopping party with giveaways including a $400 shopping spree and more Dec. 13, and finally the Last-Minute Late-Night Shopping event Dec. 20 (which includes a pint night special at the 219 ... for every $25 spent at a local business during the event, receive a free pint or cocktail! Check out details on the Sandpoint Shopping District's Facebook page.

Nature's winter outings

It's a peaceful time to head outside

Our northern Idaho forests, lakes, and rivers are quiet now, with the hush of snow and the natural slowing down of nature's creatures. It's a wonderful time to take a hike along some of the lower-elevation trails, or discover a hobby such as cross-country skiing. Of particular note this month of December is the 115th annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count - a gathering hosted by the Audubon Society that spends the day observing and counting birds in our area, happening Dec. 21. All are invited to join, and the day is mostly spent driving, with some outdoor walking. Group will meet at 6:30 a.m. at 5th Avenue Restaurant. For more information, contact Rich at 208-290-1405 or email

Ring in the new decade at a fabulous party!

It's time to celebrate 2020, so make it a night to remember with the Angels Over Sandpoint New Year's Eve Party at The Hive in downtown Sandpoint Dec. 31. Presented by KPND and Dig Beats Productions, the party features San Francisco's Collectivity on stage performing their high-energy blend of jazz, funk, and psychedelic soul. The ensemble of world-class musicians bring the perfect vibe to usher in the new decade ... and with confetti cannons and a balloon drop to top it all off, this is not a New Year's Eve show you won't want to miss! Tickets available online; ages 21-plus; proceeds from the party benefit Angels Over Sandpoint and their charitable good deeds in the community.

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