About This Series

Spend the Holidays downtown

PARTICIPATE

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 2019 holiday theme, The Nutcracker.

Get involved

    • Create a costume or coloring contest.
    • Add a Nutcracker-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 Nutcracker-themed items.
    • Decorate your business or property in the Nutcracker theme.

2019 Business Guide

Online Participation Form

Event Submission

PLAN

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.

Happenings

  • Santa’s Arrival at River Park Square | November 23
  • Numerica Tree Lighting in Riverfront Park | November 30
  • Small Business Saturday | November 30
  • Spokesman-Review Window Display Contest | November 30 - December 20
  • Kids Holiday Scavenger Hunt | November 30 - December 18
  • Wheatland Bank Horse and Carriage Rides | Weekends November 29 - Christmas Eve
  • Historic Crescent Court Window Displays at the Davenport Grand Hotel | November 30 - January 5

Display

      • 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.
      • Painting is an easy way to showcase skywalks and storefronts. Do it yourself or hire a professional.
      • Make the holidays more enjoyable with an explosion of lights, creating a destination for families, shoppers and more.

Good for Business

Make sure to check "yes" on the following when you complete the Holiday Participation Form.

  • Participate in Small Business Saturday on Saturday November 30.
  • Enter to win up to $500 in advertising from The Spokesman-Review, when you participate in the downtown Window Display Contest.
  • Drive customers when you host a Nutcracker for the Kids Holiday Scavenger Hunt (25 locations only).
  • Delight shoppers when you supply coupons for Wheatland Bank Horse and Carriage Rides.

PROMOTE

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.

The Official Spokane Holiday Magazine

The 2019 holiday season promises special events, outstanding nightlife, memorable dining experiences and great shopping. The DSP/BID, Visit Spokane 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.

AD RATES

The Spokesman-Review

Nov 28th | Thanksgiving Paper Black Friday Shopping Package
Nov 28th | Spokesman-Review Christmas Fund Kick-off
Dec 22nd | Christmas Puzzle Book
Contact your Spokesman-Review representative for more info and reservations at 509.459.5095.

Spokane Journal of Business

“Holiday Gift Guide,” November 21 and December 5 in the Marketplace section. Business card sized for $110 in full color. Add units together to make a larger ad. Deadline Nov. 14, and Nov. 28. Contact Jennifer Zurlini at (509) 344-1279 or jenniferz@spokanejournal.com.

Past Events

  • Saturday, Nov 16 / 10:00am

    Inlander Winter Party

    The Biggest Snow Party of the Year is back!

    Inlander Winter Party brings thousands of skiers, snowboarders and brew enthusiasts to downtown Spokane to celebrate the kick-off to the winter season. Featuring a dozen regional resorts, great deals on winter gear, fun activities, 40 varieties of beer and cider and live music throughout the event. Tickets are just $10, and the first 1.500 attendees each day will get a FREE lift ticket. Friday, November 15 from 4 pm-9 pm and Saturday, November 16, 10 am-7 pm (good both days; kids under 12 free) Spokane Convention Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. (Corner of Division & Spokane Falls Blvd.) winterparty.inlander.com

  • Tuesday, Dec 17 / 7:00pm

    What More Astounding: The Oaks Annual Christmas Concert

    The Oaks welcomes you to its annual Christmas Concert at The Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox. Be refreshed by drama and song as we remind each other of why God became a child. Join us for an evening of joy, celebration, and hope. This concert has become a beloved tradition for those at The Oaks and in the Spokane community. All 335 Oaks students, faculty, and even some alumni will take the stage to celebrate the joy of Christmas, sharing songs of the season through a variety of choral and orchestral pieces. The concert will also feature a nativity staged by the kindergarten class. This concert is free, and all are welcome! 

  • Friday, Nov 29 / 7:30pm

    It’s a Wonderful Life

    In our American culture It’s a Wonderful Life has become almost as familiar as Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. The story is a natural for a stage adaptation: the saga of George Bailey, the Everyman from the small town of Bedford Falls,whose dreams of escape and adventure have been quashed by family obligation and civic duty, whose guardian angel has to descend on Christmas Eve to save him from despair and to remind him—by showing him what the world would have been like had he never been born—that his has been, after all, a wonderful life.

    Dates and Times
    Performance Dates
    November 29 – December 22, 2019

    Curtain Times
    Thursdays – Saturdays: 7:30 pm

    Saturdays – Sundays: 2:00 pm (excluding November 30)

    Ticket Prices
    Adults: $35
    Seniors (65+), Military: $30
    Students (5-25): $25
    All Ages Rush, 30 minutes before curtain (subject to availability): $15
    Group discounts available for groups over 10! Call the Box Office at 509-325-250
    Annual Food Drive for 2nd Harvest Food Bank
    November 29th and 30th
    $15 tickets with food donation
    Available through the Box Office, in person and over the phone

  • Saturday, Nov 30 / 12:00am

    Small Business Saturday

    Shop with us Small Business Saturday and enjoy light refreshments while you browse wardrobe treasures for the women on your gift list. From jewelery to cashmere scarves and sweaters, to handbags and boots. We have it all. Buy a $50 gift certificate and receive a $10 coupon for yourself.

  • Saturday, Nov 30 / 12:00am

    Find The Nutcracker Scavenger Hunt

    Kids! Clara needs your help finding her Nutcracker friend.

    Print your passport, or find one inside Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W Main or the River Park Square Concierge Desk, 808 W Main.

    Passport

    Once you have collected ten stamps, bring your Passport to Auntie’s Bookstore or the Concierge Desk at River Park Square and pick up a prize! Your Passport will be automatically entered into the grand prize drawing for a downtown family pack (and other prizes) that will be held on December 20.

    Prize Packs may include some of the following:

    • $50 gift card courtesy of RiverPark Square
    • $20 gift card courtesy of Indaba Coffee
    • Gift Cards from The Melting Pot
    • Tickets to Monster Jam at the Spokane Arena
    • Tickets to Nat Geo Live! courtesy of WestCoast Entertainment
    • Passes to Mobius Kids
    • Passes to Riverfront Park
    • Family items from Boo Radley’s
    • Items donated by Decorum
    • Ben & Jerry’s Punch Card
    • Sweet Frostings Gift Card
    • $25 to Mod Pizza
    • More!
    Persons under 18 must have parental permission to enter, one entry per person. Official rules.
  • Friday, Dec 6 / 3:00pm

    Black X-Mas '19 Group Show

    Celebrate the alternative holiday spirit at Giant Nerd Books with the Black X-Mas '19 Group Show. Artworks by Mikal Vollmer, Audreana Camm, Brain Deemy et al will bring dark joy right up until X-mas eve! First Friday kick off December 6 - join the dark party!

  • Sunday, Dec 22 / 2:00pm

    Holiday Magic

    "HOLIDAY MAGIC"...
    BROADWAY AND TV STAR ADAM TRENT, BRINGS "HOLIDAY MAGIC" TO THE BING CROSBY THEATER...SUNDAY, DECEMBER 22nd, 2 pm.
    "HOLIDAY MAGIC" FUSES SPECTACULAR TECHNOLOGICAL ILLUSIONS, MUSIC AND COMEDY, WITH A HOLIDAY TWIST.
    MAGICIAN ADAM TRENT, IS ONE OF THE ONLY MAGICIANS IN HISTORY TO HAVE
    STARRED ON BROADWAY 3 SEPARATE TIMES, AND, IS CONSISTENTLY ONE OF THE MOST TELEVISED MAGICIANS IN THE WORLD.
    ADAM'S SHOW IS ENORMOUSLY INTERACTIVE, BRINGING VOLUNTEERS ONSTAGE
    THROUGHOUT THE SHOW, AND EVEN ENCOMPASSING THE ENTIRE THEATRE AUDIENCE INTO ILLUSIONS.
    "MAGIC HAS ALWAYS BEEN ABOUT BRINGING PEOPLE TOGETHER, AND SO HAVE THE HOLIDAYS. "HOLIDAY MAGIC" IS A PERFECT REPRESENTATION OF JUST THAT...A FAMILY
    FRIENDLY SHOW THAT WILL HAVE PEOPLE OF ALL AGES GASPING IN DISBELIEF FROM MAGIC THEY ARE WITNESSING, AND TOO BUSY LAUGHING TO CARE HOW IT'S DONE".
    SUNDAY, DECEMBER 22... 2 PM
    TICKETS ON SALE 7/26/19 AT IOAM TICKET PRICES ARE...$22.OO, $32.00, $37.00.
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    INFORMATION ABOUT ADAM TRENT CAN BE FOUND ON FACEBOOK, TWITTER, AND
    INSTAGRAM: ADAMTRENTMAGIC USE AND SEARCH THE TOUR HASHTAG #ADAMTRENT MAGIC… PHOTOS AND VIDEO: HTTPS:WWW.ADAMTRENT.

  • Thursday, Dec 5 / 7:30pm

    The Spokane Symphony Presents The Nutcracker

    E.T.A. Hoffman’s story of Clara and the Nutcracker Prince is brought to life by the Santa-Barbara based State Street Ballet and more than 75 local dancers. Tchaikovsky’s beloved score is performed live by the Spokane Symphony. The beautiful Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox is dressed in the holiday spirit. A magical tradition you won’t want to miss.