Holiday Events Guide

Discover the magic of the holidays in greater Spokane! From special events to new family traditions, Spokane has something sure to make your season all the more bright.



Santa’s Arrival

River Park Square
November 22

Welcome Santa to Spokane with a community celebration on November 22 at River Park Square. Then share the joys of the season with a visit with Santa and capture the holiday memories in front of the magnificent Christmas tree through the end of the year.

Grand Tree Lighting

Riverfront Park
November 30

Welcome the season with an evening in Riverfront Park! Enjoy dancing, songs, crafts and more before the Grand Tree Lighting ceremony at 6 pm!

Crescent Holiday Windows



The Crescent was a department store in Spokane from the late 1800s until the 1980s. The downtown store always had magical holiday window displays. In 2018 these displays were restored and brought back to life and are now on display in the windows of The Davenport Grand Hotel.

Wheatland Bank Holiday Horse and Carriage Rides

Downtown Spokane
November 23- December 23

Cuddle up with a cup of hot cocoa and a loved one while you ride through the holiday trimmed streets of downtown Spokane in a horse-drawn carriage. Enjoy a free ride on Fridays from 3pm-8pm and from 12pm-5pm on Saturdays and Sunday at 221 N Wall Street across from Wheatland Bank.


The Nutcracker

Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox
December 5/8

The Santa Barbara-based State Street Ballet and more than 75 local dancers join the Spokane Symphony to bring the classic story of Clara and the Nutcracker Prince to the stage. This is a magical tradition you’ll want to make part of your family celebrations for years to come.

Journey to the North Pole

Lake Coeur d’Alene Cruises
November 25 – January 1

Sail through the waters of beautiful Lake Coeur d’Alene, aglow in lights, as you make your way to the North Pole for a visit with Santa and his elves.

Christmas Tree Elegance

Historic Davenport Hotel
December 2-15

Two of Spokane's premiere destinations come together for a can't miss holiday event! Spectacular Christmas trees line the halls of The Historic Davenport Hotel and River Park Square. The best part? An exciting raffle gives you the chance to take your favorite tree home.


Holiday Lights at Gaiser Conservatory

Manito Park
December 7-16

A Spokane treasure lights up the holidays! The Gaiser Conservatory at Manito Park transforms for the season with over 40,000 brilliant lights. This family-friendly event is free to the public.


Gingerbread Build Off

Davenport Grand Hotel
December 7

Local chef and architect teams go head-to-head in this timed gingerbread house build off! Teams have three hours to complete their creations which are then voted on by judges and the public. Kids can join the fun, too, showing off their skills with a purchase of a gingerbread house building kit. All proceeds benefit the Christ Kitchen in Spokane.

Bing Crosby Holiday Film Festival

The Bing
December 14

Celebrating Spokane's favorite son,  the festival includes showings of classic Bing Crosby films and begins and ends with screenings of the holiday classic, White Christmas. Tickets include entry to the entire day's events at the historic theater where a young Bing Crosby first performed.

It's A Wonderful Life

Spokane Civic Theatre
November 29 - December 22

Watch the holiday classic film come to life on stage. You’ll be transported to Bedford Falls as George Bailey learns family obligations, civic duty and life truly add up to something wonderful.


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