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Spend the Holidays downtown


Each year Downtown Spokane adopts a holiday theme to engage locals and visitors with activities for the entire family. Participate in the spirit of the season by joining with Downtown Spokane in the presentation of the 2018 holiday theme, Elf!

Get involved

  • Create a costume or coloring contest.
  • Add an Elf-themed entre or drink to your menu.
  • Hold a sing-along, movie screening or book reading.
  • Provide an interactive opportunity to create ornaments, gingerbread houses and more.
  • Create a volunteer activity to celebrate the spirit of giving.
  • Sell Elf-themed items.
  • Decorate your business or property in the Elf theme.

2018 Holiday Business Guide
2018 Holiday participation form
Add your holiday event to the calendar


The magic of the holiday season would not be complete without a trip downtown. From shopping and carolers, to lights and displays, downtown has all the sights, smells and Santas needed to create a lifetime memories.


  • Santa’s Arrival at River Park Square | November 16
  • Small Business Saturday | November 24
  • Grand Holiday lighting kick-off in Riverfront Park | November 24
  • Spokesman-Review Window Display Contest | November 24 - December 19
  • Kids Holiday Scavenger Hunt | November 24 - December 16
  • Wheatland Bank Horse and Carriage Rides | Weekends November 24 - Christmas Eve
  • Historic Crescent Court Window Displays at the Davenport Grand Hotel | November 30 - December 31
  • First Night Spokane | December 31


  • Use a street or skywalk facing window. Get creative with your own design, utilize classic holiday décor or elements from the family theme to create a fantastic display for customers and visitors to enjoy.
  • New in 2018! Enter The Spokesman-Review Window Display Contest.*


Painting is an easy way to showcase skywalks and storefronts. Do it yourself or hire a professional. Downtown Spokane will coordinate skywalk painting for 2018.


  • Make the holidays more enjoyable with an explosion of lights, creating a destination for families, shoppers and more.
  • Change your external building lights to festive colors.
  • Cover your exterior with lights and create a dancing light show.
  • Make your trees twinkle by wrapping them with lights


When the holidays are in full swing there will be many reasons for families, shoppers, diners and more to experience downtown. See below for the opportunities available to tell your holiday story.

Inlander Downtown Holiday Magazine

The 2018 holiday season promises special events, outstanding nightlife, memorable dining experiences and great shopping. The DSP/BID and The Inlander have teamed up to create THE definitive guide for the season, promoting everything downtown offers for the holidays. Ratepayer/Member pricing available. Contact your Inlander representative or Kristi Gotzian at 509.325.0634 for more info and reservations. Limited space available. First come, first serve basis.

The Spokesman-Review

November 22, “Giving Back” publication; December 2, “Platinum” publication; December 9, “Spokesman-Review 135th Anniversary” publication. Contact your Spokesman-Review representative for more info and reservations at 509.459.5095.

Spokane Journal of Business

“Market Place” featured in December issues. $125 for a business card size, one-unit ad. Rate drops with frequency. Contact Jennifer Zurlini for details at 509.344.1279 or jenniferz@spokanejournal.com

Past Events

  • Monday, Dec 31 / 9:00pm

    New Years Eve

    Celebrate the New Year with fireworks in the park. Presented by Riverfront Spokane and sponsored by WSECU. Fireworks presented for the East Coast midnight at 9:00pm.

  • Monday, Dec 31 / 9:00pm

    Puttin' On The Ritz New Year's Eve Gala

    Presented by Spokane Symphony Associates

    Last years New Year's Eve Gala was a smash hit and sold out! The best thing about memories is making them.

    Join us for an elegant and exciting New Year's Eve to remember!

    • Walk the paparazzi-lined red carpet, escorted by gentlemen in tails.
    • Enjoy a 3-course dinner, plus salad and dessert at 9 pm.
    • Party to the highly entertaining music of Masterclass Big Band on two large dance floors.
    • Toast in the New Year at midnight with a glass of complimentary champagne and festive party favors! Door prize drawings.
    • Capture the magic of the evening with onsite photographer.
    • Black tie preferred or dress cocktail.
  • Monday, Dec 31 / 6:30pm

    NYE Party with Chad Daniels and DJ

    • Must be 21+ with valid ID.
    • Ticket price is more expensive at the door.
    • Premium seating is in the front couple of rows. GA is first come, first serve.
    • No refunds on any ticket purchase.
    • 2-item minimum in showroom.This means each person in your group must purchase 2 items off the menu. This can be a snack, alcoholic, or non-alcoholic drink.

    Seating from 6:30-8 PM

    Comedy Show from 8-9:30

    DJ Dance Music from 9:45 - 2 AM

    Chad Daniels is a writer, performer and comedian from Fergus Falls, MN. He is one of only 13 comedians to have appeared on the Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien. Additionally, he has been featured on Live at Gotham, The Late Late Show with Craig Kilbourn and Craig Ferguson and CONAN on TBS. Most recently he appeared in the documentary ‘I Need You to Kill’ with Tom Segura and Pete Lee, which was released December 2017.

    Chad has received numerous awards for his standup including City Pages ‘Artist of the Year’, Aspen Comedy Festival’s ‘Comics Comic’ award and was named the winner of the Gilda’s Laughfest Competition in 2012. He released his first half hour special on Comedy Central in 2010, which he followed with the release of his hour special ‘As Is’ in 2012. He debuted his fifth comedy album ‘Footprints on the Moon’ in February 2017 which was one of the top streamed comedy albums on Pandora that same year.

    Chad was a New Face at the JFL Montreal festival in 2004 and was then invited back to be a part of ‘The Masters’ showcase in 2012. He tours comedy clubs, colleges and festivals all over the world and has performed at such festivals as JFL Montreal, Aspen Comedy Festival, Gilda’s Laughfest, Wild West Comedy Festival, Boston Comedy Festival, Bridgetown Comedy Festival and Moontower in Austin, TX.