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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

  • Sunday, Dec 31 / 2:30pm

    First Night Spokane

    First Night Spokane is celebrating 17 years hosting the largest Visual and Performing Arts Festival in the downtown core of Spokane. With Family and Adult Zones, there is something for all ages.


  • Friday, Dec 29 / 6:30pm

    Singing in the New Year Semi Final

    First Night Spokane has 10 amazing vocalists getting ready to battle it out for the chance to move on to our New Year's Eve Finale. Come out and root on your favorite contestants, or just come and enjoy a great night of talent! The top three from this round will peform on New Year's Eve at the Spokane Convention Center during First Night Spokane's Art Festival. With $1000 on the line, this is going to be a great competition.
    We will update this event as soon as admission buttons are available online and in designated locations.
    Sponsored by Maurer Law and Kiss 98.1

  • Saturday, Dec 23 / 7:30pm

    Miracle on 34th Street

    Runs December 22-23rd, Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm

    At the Macy's Department Store Thanksgiving Day parade, the actor playing Santa is discovered to be drunk by a whiskered old man. Doris Walker, the no nonsense special events director, persuades the old man to take his place. The old man proves to be a sensation and is quickly recruited to be the store Santa at the main Macy's outlet. While he is successful, Ms. Walker learns that he calls himself Kris Kringle and he claims to be the actual Santa Claus. Despite reassurances by Kringle's doctor that he is harmless, Doris still has misgivings, especially when she has cynically trained herself, and especially her daughter, Susan, to reject all notions of belief and fantasy. And yet, people, especially Susan, begin to notice there is something special about Kris and his determination to advance the true spirit of Christmas amidst the rampant commercialism around him and succeeding in improbable ways. When a raucous conflict with the store's cruelly incompetent psychologist erupts, Kris finds himself held at Bellevue where, in despair, he deliberately fails a mental examination to ensure his commitment. All seems lost until Doris' friend, Fred Gaily, reassures Kris of his worth and agrees to represent him in the fight to secure his release. To achieve that, Fred arranges a formal hearing in which he argues that Kris is sane because he is in fact Santa Claus. What ensues is a bizarre hearing in which people's beliefs are reexamined and put to the test, but even so, it's going to take a miracle for Kris to win.