The Christmas holiday season brings extra opportunity to spend quality time with friends and family, and in Spokane, Washington, there are many places to visitors can enjoy the holiday spirit together offering everything from special holiday displays and light shows to festive plays, performances, and gift bazaars.
If you're planning on traveling to western Washington State this holiday season, Spokane is the ideal destination for your winter vacation. No matter what time of year you visit, you can check out the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture, the Tudor-style Campbell House, and the sculpture walk at the expansive Riverfront Park, but if you happen to be in town for the Christmas holiday, you'll get a chance to see all these features lit up with dazzling lights and handmade decorations.
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Every year, the Spokane Civic Theatre presents a lineup of fantastic holiday-themed performances, and in 2017, they're bringing three new shows to the stage: "A Christmas Story, The Musical," "Holiday Hijinks," "Miracle on 34th Street, A Radio Play," and "ACADEMY: Santa Claus Conquers the Martians."
"Holiday Hijinks" is a special presentation of a group of off-color short plays poking fun at the Christmas and holiday season and its traditions; this performance, rated R for suggestive situations and graphic language, is not for the whole family.
In terms of family-friendly picks, you'll want to go with the other shows on the list, but be sure to check the official website and book your tickets in advance as performances are likely to sell out by the time you get there.
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One of Spokane's great treasures, the Martin Woldson Theater at the FOX, is a special place to visit any time of year, but during the holiday season, this landmark establishment brings holiday fun for the whole family with a limited run of holiday shows and Christmas-themed performances.
This year's performances include Whitworth University's Christmas Festival Concert "Emmanuel—God With Us," "Spokane Symphony Holiday Pops Celebration," and "SSO Special: The Nutcracker," though more special events may be announced, so check the website for more details.
We definitely recommend the Holiday Pops Celebration if you're traveling with kids because the Spokane Symphony, complete with chorus, will perform Christmas and winter holiday favorites that you and your children can sing along with!
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The historic Bing Crosby Theater in downtown Spokane offers a full calendar of concerts, plays, and events throughout the year, but the Christmas season brings special performances from local and touring musicians, as well as film and theater.
This year you can check out the " Bing Crosby Holiday Film Festival,"Affinity—A Celtic Christmas," or catch a concert of Nathan Pacheco's new Christmas album, and more special holiday performances may be announced in the coming weeks, so be sure to check out the official website for ticket information and to view details about upcoming shows.
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Touring local Spokane wineries is a great way to kick off the holiday season, and the Spokane Cork District sponsors the Holiday Wine Festival in mid-November, providing you with the opportunity to taste and select wines for your holiday parties, seasonal feasts, and gift giving.
Most, if not all, of the 15 wine stores and shops in the "Cork District" neighborhood of Spokane offer discounts and special hours of operation during the weekend-long event, so you'll have plenty of chances to warm up with some nice holiday wines.Continue to 5 of 6 below.
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Kids of all ages will enjoy the thrill of riding in an old-fashioned horse-drawn carriage, snuggled side by side in the crisp holiday air. The downtown carriage rides are available on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday afternoons and evenings, between Thanksgiving and Christmas.
This year, the Wheatland Bank is sponsoring the program to make the carriage rides completely free for all visitors, but if you're planning your day around one, be sure to leave time for a few hours wait on the busiest days of the tourist season.
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New in 2017 to the Riverfront Park is the Ice Ribbon, an outdoor skating adventure area that's part of the Parks and Recreation's first completed redevelopment project as part of a city bond initiative to improve this waterfront public park.
Experience three fire pits, free skating lessons, live music, themed costume events, happy hours, and a variety of other free programming provided by local sponsors. Check out the website for a complete list of activities for the 2017 to 2018 season.