Your Guide to Holiday Events in Spokane

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With the seasons changing, it’s easy to start thinking about the holiday season. From Christmas light decorations to the Crescent Window Displays at the Grand, we’re entering the fun part of the holiday season. Who doesn’t enjoy some hot chocolate and delicious cookies while taking in the sights of the Spokane area lights and holidays events?

If you’re looking for great things to do with the family this holiday season, make sure to bookmark this guide to holiday events in Spokane for later!

For even more fun holiday events, head over to our Events & Deals page here!

Holiday Lights and Events Around Spokane

Book a Room at the Santa Suite in Downtown Spokane

Want to do something truly magical for the holidays? Book the “Santa Suite” in downtown Spokane at the Doubletree!

The “Santa Suite” package, is available now for reservations and includes accommodations in a spacious multi room suite decorated with all the holiday trimmings, tasty in-room treats, holiday movies and the best views of the lights in River Front Park from the top floor of the hotel!

We had the privilege of staying recently as part of Doubletree’s media preview, and all we can say is WOW! Not only is the view incredible, but the suite itself is completely decked out in all the holiday trimmings, including a fireplace and two fully-decorated trees!

santa suite downtown spokane

You can book the Santa Suite here – let them know Everyday Spokane sent you!

Gaiser Conservatory / Manito Holiday Lights

During the day, the botanical garden is home to plants from sub-tropical and temperate climate zones. But, during the holiday season, the conservatory comes alive at night when more than 30,000 festive lights illuminate the night sky and fill the greenhouse with holiday cheer.

A little bit of what Gaiser Conservatory looks like for the holidays!

Since 2020, Gaiser Conservatory’s holiday lights have expanded into the Friends of Manito Manito Holiday Lights, a drive and walk-thru light event. As described online:

Why Manito Holiday Lights?

The Enchanted Garden Drive-Thru Holiday Lights at Manito transformed a decades-long Spokane tradition into a COVID-friendly experience to lift spirits and brighten the season.

Typically held indoors at Manito’s Gaiser Conservatory, we moved the show outdoors to allow for physical distancing. Visitors were asked to drive through the show to ensure compliance with COVID-19 guidelines. Thousands of people explored twinkling, festive lights along one-half mile inside one of our city’s most historic parks!

Enjoy the light show from December 10 – 19:

  • Drive-Thru Event: December 10–16, 6:30-9:30pm
  • Walk-Thru Event: December 17–19, 6:30-8:30pm

Learn more about Manito Holiday Lights here.

Liberty Lake Winter Glow Spectacular

Since 2014, Liberty Lake has hosted the Winter Glow Spectacular, and that doesn’t stop in 2021! Winter Glow Spectacular is free to the whole community and runs from November 20 through January 1, 2022.

Learn more about Winter Glow Spectacular here.

More Ways to Enjoy Winter in Spokane

Looking for the best places to shop local this holiday season? What about winter activities, or how to prepare for your first winter in Spokane? We’ve got you covered below!

Crescent Window Display

While not a Christmas light exhibit, the window displays at the downtown Davenport Hotel revive an old Spokane tradition of celebrating Christmas with seasonal window displays. With pieces discovered from the old Crescent building, the Downtown Spokane Partnership created a new retro holiday tradition showcasing the classic holiday characters just like they were back in the day.

Five window bays on the south side of The Grand hotel will display scenes featuring refurbished figurines rescued from the basement of the former Crescent Department Store.

Each of the five windows are designed and installed by local artists Stephanie Bogue, Melanie Lieb, Derrick Freeland and Jazmin Ely under the creative direction of Tiffany Patterson. Window painting by Mallory Battista.

You can see the displays from November 27 to January 2.

Hours:

Friday and Saturday: Noon-10:00pm

Sunday through Thursday: 3 – 8 pm.

Numerica Lights Up the Night

During the month of December, head to Riverfront Park to see Numerica’s Light Up the Night, a community holiday tree display located at the Pavilion.

You will see sparkling holiday trees sponsored by local businesses and organizations and are viewable from 6 AM to midnight.

Learn more about this event here.

Riverfront Trail of Lights

In downtown Spokane, visit the Riverfront Trail of Lights with expanded park-wide lighting displays. You’ll see several new holiday light displays, including Candy Cane Lane, a light tunnel under the historic blue bridge, and more!

Christmas Tree Elegance

Do you love beautifully decorated Christmas trees? If so, head to downtown Spokane for one of our favorite annual holiday events for Christmas Tree Elegance.

Christmas Tree Elegance benefits the Spokane Symphony, and you can view the trees at the Historic Davenport Hotel and River Park Square. You can also purchase raffle tickets for $1 to win one of the trees and its gifts!

Christmas Tree Elegance is from November 30 to December 12, 2021.

Learn more here.

christmas tree elegance
Christmas Tree Elegance in years’ past!

Ice Ribbon

The Numerica Ice Ribbon is back in action in 2021! Hours vary and depend on the weather – learn more about the Ice Ribbon here!

In addition to the regular Ice Ribbon hours, Riverfront Park is also offering Cheap Skate Tuesdays, when free skate rentals are provided with each paid admission.

The dates for Cheap Skate Tuesdays are:

November 30
December 7, 14
January 4, 11, 18, 25
February 1, 8, 15, 22

Finally, ice skate to the sounds of a DJ (almost) every Friday this winter! DJ Night on the Ice will take place on the following dates from 6-8 PM:

December 3, 10, 17 & 31 (excludes Christmas Eve)
January 7, 14, 21 & 28

Take a look at the video below to see what it’s like on Spokane’s downtown Ice Ribbon at Riverfront Park, plus a walk through of Riverfront Park holiday lights!

Holiday Lights in Spokane: Center Road

Center Road holiday lights is a family light show, with computer-controlled lights synchronized to music. Find them at 4316 N Center Road, 1 mile West of Argonne and Upriver Dr.

The show runs 7 days a week from 4:30 PM until 10 PM during the month of December.

Northwest Winterfest

Visit the Spokane County Fair and Expo Center for the Pacific Northwest’s largest holiday lantern display! In addition to holiday lanterns, you can also walk around and enjoy food, beer, wine and hot drinks.

The event takes place from 5-9 PM daily until January 2. Get your tickets here.

Additional Holiday Events in the Inland Northwest

Looking for more holiday events around Spokane? You won’t want to miss these ones!

Kids Holiday Hunt

This free and fun event takes place in downtown Spokane. Find clue boards around downtown Spokane, solve the riddle and earn a treat bag full of holiday fun!

Learn more about this event at our Events page.

Looking for New Year’s Eve Events?

We have a whole separate article on New Year’s Eve events around Spokane!

Santa Pictures at the Bluff

Head up to Green Bluff for Christmas trees and pictures with Santa! Santa will be at Green Bluff every weekend through December 20, from 11 am to 3:30 PM.

Learn more about this event at our Events page.

Outdoor Christmas Market in Hayden, ID

A bit of a trek for some Everyday Spokane readers, but if you love the Christmas markets of Europe, you might want to make the drive for this one!

This will be a two-day family friendly event, beginning Friday, December 3 and coinciding with the Hayden City Parade and Tree Lighting on Saturday, December 4. Learn more about the event here.

Spokane Holiday Trip Planning Resources

Need a place to stay around Spokane this holiday season? Check out this list of locations and deals below!

Your Guide to Holiday Events in Spokane

While it’s always fun to drive through neighborhoods and see how locals decorate their homes for the season, there’s something special about taking in community light shows. Spokane offers some of the best light festivals and special exhibits in the Pacific Northwest.

This Christmas in Spokane, we want you to have fun and enjoy everything Spokane and the surrounding areas have to offer! Whether you’re entertaining visiting family or creating your own family traditions, Everyday Spokane is your #1 source for Spokane holiday events, things to do in Spokane, dining, and much more.

Head over to our Facebook group Getting to Know Spokane and let us know what you’re doing this holiday season!

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