SPOKANE, Wash.-- — December quickly becomes the busiest time of the year.
But if you’re going to overbook your calendar, keep these nine events in mind. These are all holiday classics known for bringing magic to the Christmas season in Spokane. Try at least one this season and start a new family tradition.
1. Bing Crosby Holiday Film Festival
Christmas in Spokane, or anywhere in the U.S., wouldn’t be complete without the crooning voice of Bing Crosby. Lucky for us, he grew up here.
For 13 years, Spokane has been paying tribute to one of their biggest stars with a holiday film festival. Hosted at his namesake theater. Bing fans can watch five films in one day. And in case you show up late or leave early, White Christmas plays twice.
Date: Dec. 8, 2018
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Bing Crosby Theater (901 W. Sprague, Spokane)
Cost: $10, additional Info
Kick off a “fun, old-fashioned family Christmas by heading out to the country in the front-wheel drive sleigh to embrace the frosty majesty of the winter landscape and select that most important of Christmas symbols.”
Maybe don’t go that far.
Make it easier and head to Greenbluff. The country community includes U-cut and pre-cut Christmas tree farms. Buy a tree, sip some hot coco, see Santa and hop on a carriage ride.
It’s a great holiday tradition and you won’t be frozen from the waist down.
Location: 15 miles north of Spokane
Tree Farms: Hours, locations, prices
3. Local 29 Santa Tour
Santa rolls into Spokane early thanks to Local 29.
Each year, members of the Spokane Firefighters Union give Santa an impressive escort through every Spokane neighborhood. But keep an eye out and plan ahead for this event. Santa can pass through quickly.
Local 29 updates their Facebook page daily about when and where you can catch a glimpse of the big guy.
Date/Time: Starts Dec. 4 and runs until Christmas
Location: Changes nightly, follow Spokane Firefighters on Facebook for updates
4. Manito Park Christmas Lights
Manito Park’s Gaiser Conservatory transforms every winter into a wonderland of more than 30,000 Christmas lights.
It’s an impressive display and great for little kids. Bonus: everyone stays warm.
Date/Time: Starts Dec. 7 - Dec. 16 (noon to 7:30 p.m.) and Dec. 17 - Dec. 31 (noon to 3:30 p.m.) Closed on Christmas.
Location: 4 W. 21st Ave, Spokane (inside Manito Park)
5. Christmas Tree Elegance
Nothing says Christmas in Spokane like the Davenport Hotel. The decorations are top-notch, but the fundraiser on the second floor is the show-stopper.
Christmas Tree Elegance sells $1 raffle tickets at the Davenport and River Park Square. It all benefits the Spokane Symphony. Eighteen people win a decorated tree and more than $4,000 in prizes.
But you better hurry. The trees come down soon.
Date: Runs until Dec. 8 at the Davenport and Dec. 9 at River Park Square.
Location: Davenport (10 S Post St, Spokane) and River Park Square (808 W Main Ave, Spokane)
Cost: Free to view, $1 per raffle ticket
6. Candy Cane Lane
Don’t look for it on a map.
The decades-old Candy Cane Lane is actually located at Tekoa, between 37th and 40th avenues, in south Spokane.
Drive down this street for guaranteed Christmas lights and matching candy canes. That’s right, giant candy canes stand illuminated in almost every yard on the block.
Date: Now through Christmas
Location: South Spokane (Tekoa & 39 Ave.)
7. Riverfront Park Ice Ribbon
Can’t get enough Hallmark Christmas movies?
No problem, Spokane created their own Hallmark-esque scene. The outdoor Ice Ribbon is parked in the heart of downtown Spokane. Adding to the Christmas movie atmosphere are fire pits and a massive Christmas tree.
Rent ice skates or bring your own.
Date: Open until late February
Time: Varies depending on days and holidays
Location: 720 W Spokane Falls Blvd, Spokane
Cost: $6.95 for adults and $4.95 for kids (1-hour of skating), $4.50 for skate rentals
8. Carriage Rides
Keep your Hallmark movie dreams going and hitch a ride on a horse drawn carriage. It’s down the street from the Ice Ribbon on Wall Street, across from the Wheatland Bank ATM.
The 15-20 minute rides are free and it’s first come, first serve.
Date: Now - Christmas Eve
Time: Fridays 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays noon to 5:00 p.m., and noon to 3:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve.
Location: 222 N Wall St., Spokane
9. Crescent Windows
An iconic Spokane tradition has returned. The elaborate Christmas window displays from the old Crescent department store are on display.
The animated windows bring a bit of nostalgia to downtown the modern Davenport Grand. The Christmas window displays have been refurbished and given a new home after being stored in a basement for decades.
Stop by the Crescent windows while you’re heading through downtown. It’s a quick stop but one that kids of all ages are sure to love.
Date: Now - January 2.
Location: Main and Washington, Spokane