Activities and Events for Christmas in Spokane, WA

Sunrise over the Inland Northwest

Christmas starts early in the Inland Northwest and no matter what you feel like doing, there is an activity for you! The holiday season is a beautiful time of year in Spokane, WA, and Coeur d’Alene, ID with many activities for families looking to make memories or couples planning a romantic date night.

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Activities and Events for Families

Spending time with loved ones is always high on the list of things to do during the holidays. Here in the winter wonderland of Spokane and Coeur d’Alene, there are endless options for indoor and outdoor activities for families. We have listed a few of our favorite activities, to see a full list of activities check out the following link: SPOKANE HOLIDAY EVENTS GUIDE

Best Things to do in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

1. Holiday Cruises – November 15th through January 2nd

Take a journey to the North Pole with the holiday cruise on Coeur d’Alene Lake. The kids will get to see Santa Claus and his elves on his waterfront toy shop. Make sure to dress warmly for this beautiful cruise. Reserve your spot now.

2. Lighting Ceremony – Friday, November 25th

The Coeur d’Alene Lighting Ceremony is an event you’ll want to add to your calendar. The evening starts off with a parade down Sherman Avenue followed by one of the best fireworks show in the area. At the end of the fireworks, more than 1.5 million Christmas lights turn on and light up downtown Coeur d’Alene. Learn more about the Lighting Ceremony.

Top 4 Things to do in Spokane County

Winter Glow Spectacular - Whistler village during winter

1. Winter Glow Spectacular – November 19th till January 1st

Drive around one of the most decorated neighborhoods in Spokane County, Orchard Park in Liberty Lake, and check out the Christmas lights that illuminate the entire neighborhood. Interested in more information, check out their website.

2. Visit with Santa – November 20th through December 24th

Join Santa and his elves at the local malls and get some pictures that you’ll keep forever. Make sure you check out the schedule depending on what mall you’re heading to, whether it be Northtown Mall, River Park Square, or the Spokane Valley Mall. They even have a pet night with Santa.

3. Pavilion Holiday Light Show – November 27th till January 3rd

Head down to Riverfront Park for the spectacular light show that plays from sunset to 10 pm every night. This is perfect for families or to have a fun date night with your significant other. Make sure to bring a blanket and some hot cocoa to keep you warm.

4. Northwest Winterfest – December 2nd through January 1st – Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays

Northwest Winterfest is the largest illuminated lantern display in the Pacific Northwest and is held right here in Spokane Valley. Come out and see the beautiful lighted lanterns and highlights traditions from cultures around the world. This event is free for children 10 and under and costs up to $15 per ticket depending on age. Purchase your tickets now.

Activities and Events to Check out with your Significant Other

Christmas and Thanksgiving can be a magical time of year with your significant other. Spending time with families but also spending time one-on-one and making memories together. All the activities listed above are perfect events to go to with your loved one on a date night. If you are looking for something more romantic check out the activities and events below.

Carriage Rides - Begins November 26th

1. Carriage Rides – Begins November 26th

These free carriage rides run through Riverfront Park and are a perfect activity for a date night. They run through the entire holiday season but do require reservations so make sure you plan your date night sooner rather than later.

2. Christmas Tree Lighting – November 27th

Stand below this massive 63-foot Spruce tree in downtown Spokane as they light up this magnificent tree in Riverfront Park. This event is not only perfect to snuggle up with your honey as they light up the tree but also makes a great photo opportunity.

3. Drive-True Lights at Manito Park – December 10th through December 19th

Get all warm and cozy in your vehicle with your partner as you drive through Manito Park to see all the beautiful lights. Put on some Christmas music and have some hot cocoa in your cup holders and you’ll be set.

4. Numerica Ice Ribbon – Projected to open November 19th

Bundle up and strap on some ice skates at the Numerica Ice Ribbon and get your ice skate on. Skate down 650 feet on this 16-foot-wide pathway to the 3500 square-foot frozen pond hand in hand with your partner. Ice skates are available for rental at the ice ribbon, and you can also purchase tickets for the Numerica SkyRide at the ticket booth. View hours and pricing.

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