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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 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


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 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


      • 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.


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.


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

  • Sunday, Nov 3 / 3:00pm

    Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker

    Sunday, November 3 at 3:00pm
    Tickets: $31 to $81

    Celebrate this Christmas with the one and only Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker! Featuring brand new over-the-top production and world class Russian artists. Larger than life puppets, nesting dolls and gloriously hand-crafted costumes bring the Christmas spirit to life. Gather the family and see why the press is raving.

    Bringing a message of peace and unity, the 2019 tour will spread goodwill in over 150 cities across the US and Canada. Get the best seats today and memories for a lifetime at Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker!

  • Friday, Nov 23 / 7:30pm

    Elf The Musical

    Based on the cherished 2003 New Line Cinema hit, Elf The Musical is the story of Buddy, a young orphan, who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. The would-be elf is raised, unaware that he is actually a human, until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity.

    This modern-day holiday classic is sure to make everyone embrace their inner elf. After all, “The best way to spread Christmas Cheer is singing loud for all to hear.”

    Performance on Margot and Robert Ogden Main Stage
    Rating: G – Great for all ages!

    • Annual Food Drive for 2nd Harvest Food Bank
      • November 23rd and 24th
      • $15 tickets with food donation
      • Available through the Box Office, in person and over the phone
  • Saturday, Nov 24 / 12:00am

    The Spokesman-Review Window Display Contest

    To celebrate Spokane’s unique, historic downtown, awards will be presented to businesses in the downtown area for the best Holiday window displays. The contest runs from Small Business Saturday, November 24, through December 19, 2018. Winners will be announced on December 21.

    Each award winner will receive $500 in advertising in The Spokesman-Review, some restrictions apply. Winners will also receive a trophy to display.

    • Mayor’s Choice Award – Determined by Mayor Condon
    • The Spokesman Award – Determined by staff at The Spokesman Review
    • People’s Choice award – Determined by public voting

    To vote, pick up your ballot at the Davenport Grand Hotel, at any of the participating businesses, or print online (click here). Votes may be returned to the voting drop box located inside the Davenport Grand Hotel. The business window with the most votes by 5:00pm December 19 will win the People’s Choice Award.

    One ballot will be drawn to win a night stay at the Davenport Grand Hotel!

    Persons under 18 must have parental permission to enter, one entry per person. Official rules.
  • Wednesday, Dec 5 / 11:00am

    Flannelfest at The STA Plaza

    Spokane Transit is pleased to present Flannelfest, a December concert series featuring instrumental talent from across the region. Come see the transformation of The Plaza into a PNW winter wonderland while enjoying a Wednesday lunch hour concert. Visit SpokaneTransit.com for concert dates and times and information about the performers.

  • Saturday, Nov 24 / 11:00am

    Santa Claus

    Santa will be at the Liberty Building every Saturday until December 15th!

    On Saturday, December 1st the REAL Santa Claus and one of his elves will be in the Liberty Building from 11 am - 2 pm, come chat with Santa in our casual environment, grab a free candy cane, and take your own photos! Get into the Holiday Spirit with the Liberty Building during this FREE Event!