I love spending the holidays in Spokane. As the year comes to an end, I am finding new reasons every day that demonstrate to me that Spokane is the place to be to celebrate Christmas with your loved ones. There are a lot of things to do and see both inside and outside, but no matter where you go, the lights and decorations are sure to get you feeling the holiday spirit. Whether you live in Spokane or are visiting from out of town, check out some of these cool things you can be doing this year. We’ll take you to the Garland district, downtown Spokane to see the Trees of Elegance, and much more. 

Harley Davidson tree of elegance


Tree of Elegance

The Tree of Elegance is an annual fundraiser hosted by the Spokane Symphony, and 2019 will be the 37th year that they’ll have been doing this. What the reward for participating in their fundraiser? A chance to win VIP tickets to their next performance. Or how about instead, $600 cash and an entirely new kitchen set. Maybe A 7 day trip to Bora Bora or just $4,000 cash! You’ll find 18 decorated Christmas trees total. 12 of them sit at the Davenport Hotel and the rest of the 6 is at the Riverfront Mall.  Each tree is themed; you’ll see a beach-themed tree,  boating-trip themed tree, a Harley-Davidson-themed tree, a Hello Kitty-themed tree… a purple tree.

Each tree has a variety of prizes, the sum of which could equal $4,000+ plus the actual tree in the display itself. If you want to win one of these trees, all you need to do is buy a raffle ticket for $1 and put it in the box in front of your tree so that it can be picked on December 14 at the Davenport or December 15 at the mall. The trees are just fun to look at too so whether you’re entering or just viewing, take a walk and check them out.

Hello Kitty tree of elegance

The Pavilion

The Pavilion as we know it now is a pretty light structure at Riverfront Park but did you know it was originally built in 1974 for the World Expo? The World Fair has previously been hosted in places like Turkey, Germany, Spain, it’s awesome that it was held in Spokane, Washington at one point. The remodeling was completed in September 2019 and as the sky gets darker, you’ll see that the tent-shaped structure has panels that light up to give you a light show. This is a good place to be because you’ll be overlooking the river with purple, pink, and orange lights coming down on you. Try walking up the winding pathways to get to the middle of the structure and get some vibey pics.


The Pavilion on Christmas

Holiday Lights at Gaiser Conservatory

Gaiser Conservatory is a greenhouse located in Manito Park that is open and free of charge to the public. If you have a date planned during the holiday season and you don’t know where to take them, this is the picture-perfect spot. In addition, this is the perfect spot to take pictures for your Christmas cards. The holiday lights will open on December 13 and last until the end of the month. 



Things To Experience:

Green Bluff Christmas Experience

High Country Orchard is the perfect place to visit if you want to have a fun-filled day with the family. For $20/adult or $15/child, you can enjoy a 20-minute sleigh ride through the trees on the farm, followed by lunch in the cottage. There is also a Christmas tree ranch on the location that you can wander through and pick out your perfect Christmas tree to take home with you. Check out their website to see all that they have to offer.

Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides

Explore downtown Spokane in style this winter with a horse-drawn carriage ride. These free rides are a first-come, first-serve experience (no reservation necessary), so you will have to meet the horse and driver at 221 N Wall Street on Friday between 3 PM to 8 PM. If you can’t make it to a ride on Friday, no worries! You can still catch the carriage on Saturdays or Sundays from 12 PM to 5 PM. The last rides will take place on Christmas Eve from 12 PM to 3 PM. Bring the family, sing some carols, and check out the Christmas lights downtown. 



Things To Do:

Bing Crosby Theater

The Bing Crosby Theater is a performing arts theater located in downtown Spokane on Sprague Ave. It has a very classic and regal vibe inside with a stage and a dome-shaped ceiling. During December, the performances at this location are Christmas themed with acts like “Clara’s Christmas Story,” “Affiniti Celtic Christmas,” “Adam Trent’s Holiday Magic,” and more! Be sure to check out the Bing Crosby Theater’s event calendar for upcoming events and ticket prices.

Ice Skating Ribbon Downtown

Riverfront Park in downtown Spokane creates a ribbon-shaped ice skating path every winter so you can go down and enjoy the course on any day of the week. Ice skating downtown is the perfect way to get into the Christmas spirit and begin your celebration of Christmas in Spokane. Check out their website for prices and their skate schedule. This is a staple activity that people will participate in when spending Christmas in Spokane. Grab a friend and go skate!

Movies at the Garland Theater

The Garland Theater is a movie house in the Garland district in Spokane, built in 1945 and it is only a 10-minute drive from downtown Spokane. There is an attached cocktail bar so you can order a drink and take it inside the theater with you. During December, there will be 6 movies playing for $5 or $2.50 on Wednesday. Children 6 and under will not be allowed entry for certain shows, so make sure you are checking the Garland Theater website before you go. 


Whether you’re going to participate in an activity like donating to the Trees of Elegance or sightseeing things like the Pavilion downtown, after checking some of these attractions out, you’ll be left wanting to spend Christmas 2020 in Spokane too!


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