The Christmas holiday season always brings extra opportunity to spend quality times with friends and family. In Spokane, there are many places to have fun together, from special holiday displays and light shows to festive plays and performances to gift shows and bazaars.
Here are some of the fun Christmas events and activities you can enjoy in Spokane, Washington:
Spokane Civic Theatre's performance of the Irving Berlin musical "White Christmas" will entertain the whole family and has a special Spokane connection. The featured song from the show is one of the most-recorded and popular Christmas songs of all time, with the version by Spokane's own Bing Crosby the best-selling single song of all time. The Spokane Civic Theatre's version of the "White Christmas" musical runs from mid-November through December.
One of Spokane's great treasures, the Martin Woldson Theater at the FOX, is a special place to visit any time of year. The Fox's magnificent and unique interior decor becomes that much more magical at the holidays, making for a memorable outing. The Christmas season brings these enticing events:
- The Nutcracker Ballet
The Seattle Symphony teams with the State Street Ballet to perform this perennial favorite.
- Holiday Pops Concert with the Spokane Symphony
The Spokane Symphony, complete with chorale, performs Christmas and winter holiday favorites that will appeal to the whole family and fill everyone with that festive holiday cheer. Santa may be there!
The historic Bing Crosby Theater in downtown Spokane offers a full calendar of concerts, plays, and events throughout the year. The Christmas season brings special performances from local and touring musicians, including The Singing Nuns Christmas Concert
, an annual favorite featuring the traditional habit-wearing nuns of the local Saint Michael's Convent.
Adjacent to the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture, the grand and elegant Campbell House is a showcase for upscale life in the early 20th century. Tours that are both educational and fun are available throughout the year. The historic Campbell House is particularly lovely when decorated with holiday greenery and sparkle. Self-guided and guided tours are available; tickets may be purchased at the MAC museum next door.
Touring local Spokane wineries is a great way to kick off the holiday season. The Spokane Winery Association sponsors the Holiday Wine Festival in mid-November, providing you with the opportunity to taste and select wines for your holiday parties, seasonal feasts, and gift giving. Special Holiday Wine Festival discounts are available at some of the wineries.
Horse-drawn Carriage Rides in Downtown SpokaneKids of all ages will enjoy the thrill of riding in an old-fashioned horse-drawn carriage, snuggled side by side in the crisp holiday air. The downtown carriage rides are available on Friday and Saturday afternoons and evenings, and Sunday afternoons, between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Pickup for these carriage rides are at the corner of Wall and Main. Your ride will include a free candy cane and coupons for coffee and hot chocolate specials at participating downtown Spokane coffeehouses.
More Christmas Fun in Spokane
- Custer's Christmas Arts & Crafts Show - this holiday shopping event at the fairgrounds includes handcrafted items, Christmas decor, and food products
- Spokane Jingle Bell Run/Walk - work off your Thanksgiving dinner at this Riverfront Park event to benefit the Arthritis Foundation
- Skating at the Ice Palace - this outdoor ice skating rink under the Riverfront Park pavilion is a Spokane wintertime tradition. You can rent or bring your own skates, discount times and days are available.