The Holidays have arrived in downtown, but look out! We hear the Grinch might be eyeing our Christmas cheer. The Grinch arrives at the INB Performing Arts center this Wednesday and we’ve asked him to stick around through the New Year. Come downtown to enjoy a variety of events for some Dr. Seuss-themed fun.

Deck the skywalks

This winter, over 10 downtown skywalks will be painted to reflect the whimsical elements that only Seuss can provide. The Grinch might be looking down on you on Main Street or eyeing your presents along Howard.


From December 5 to Christmas Eve, students from Spokane Falls Community College will stroll through the skywalks and stores, entertaining shoppers and revelers – Who style!

Carriage Rides

Now in its twentieth year, Downtown Horse and Carriage Rides, sponsored by STCU, will clip along starting Friday November 28 through Christmas Eve. Enjoy the sights of downtown from a horse drawn carriage, sing your favorite carols with family and friends, and sit back to enjoy the ride. Rides run Fridays 3pm to 8pm, Saturdays and Sundays noon to 5pm, and noon to 3pm on Christmas Eve. Pick-up on Wall Street at Main Street, no reservations, first come first served.

Find the Grinch

The Grinch is taking over downtown, but where is he? From now through December 14 look for the Grinch in downtown locations and have an opportunity to win a Downtown Spokane prize package. Kids of all ages can participate. Simply print a passport online at www.downtownspokane.org, find the Grinch at 10 downtown locations and enter to win at Auntie’s Bookstore or River Park Square.

Kids Day Downtown

In partnership with the Spokane Public Library, December 13 is all about kids downtown. Kicking off at 3pm, don your best Who attire and enjoy free crafts and activities at the Downtown Library, followed by a Who Parade and culminating in a concert and sing-along at Riverfront Park featuring the talents of students from Lewis and Clark High School.

Holiday lighting

The holidays are more enjoyable with an explosion of lights. From small displays to dancing light shows, nothing cuts through the dark like the warm glow of twinkling lights.

Main Street has never looked more festive. Street trees have been lit along Post, Main and Spokane Falls to brighten your holiday nights. Over 50,000 high efficiency, energy saving LED lights installed at 61 trees across 11 block faces in the downtown core. Funded by the Downtown Business Improvement District (BID), all the tree lights will remain in place after the holiday season is over.

The BID has also Installed 19 high capacity digital, programmable LED up-lights in two different installations for Macy’s and Nordstrom, each programmed with multiple scenes and chases to accentuate the holiday shopping experiences at downtown’s two great department stores.

Downtown Spokane representatives will be available on Tuesday, November 25 at 4:30 for a viewing of the new lighting system in front of Macy’s at Wall Street and Main Street downtown. Lighting and design courtesy of AMP’D Entertainment Spokane. Call 509.456.0580 to meet representatives.

About Downtown Spokane

The DSP is a private, non-profit membership organization that serves as Spokane's central city advocate and service provider, dedicated to enhancing the quality and vitality of Downtown Spokane as the basis for a healthy region. For more information visit www.downtownspokane.org.

For more information about everything happening downtown throughout the holidays, including special events, display and light tours, and sales, visit the Downtown Spokane website holiday page