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The holiday season is upon us and 4 News Now wants to help you celebrate safely.

While large gatherings are discouraged due to the current state of the pandemic, it is still possible to have fun, enjoy some annual traditions and start some new ones.

Find a list of 40 ideas below or print out a PDF version and cross them off as you go.

1 – Build a gingerbread house with the whole family

READ: Rind And Wheat’s specialty gingerbread house kits now for sale

2 – Pick up a hot chocolate bomb from the Village Bakery or learn to make your own 

3 – Drive to see the holiday lights using 4 News Now’s interactive map to guide you. Don’t forget to stop by Cowley Park to see the Extreme Team’s display

4 – Plan a holiday movie night and pick up ice cream sundae supplies from a local shop 

5 – Hold a socially-distant cookie swap with your neighbors 

6 – Have a family slumber party under the tree

7 – Design your own Christmas cards

8 – Craft your own ornaments using supplies you find outside

9 – Cut down your own tree in the Colville National Forest (with a permit, of course) or at Green Bluff 

10 – Livestream the Gonzaga Choir’s annual Candlelight Christmas Concert

11 – Send holiday cards to local children’s hospitals

12 – Have a socially-distant holiday book swap with friends. Pick up your books from Auntie’s or Wishing Tree Books 

13 – Craft your own holiday cocktail using spirits from Dry Fly or Warrior Liquor

14 – Make paper snowflakes and hang them on your front windows

15 – Have a snowman-building competition with your neighbors

16 – Host your own paint and sip with wine from Winescape, Barrister or Maryhill 

17 – Host a Zoom holiday trivia night with friends and family 

18 – Write or send homemade gifts to local seniors

19 – Listen to the Christmas Wishes on 92.9 ZZU

20 –  Spend a night with your immediate family in the Davenport’s igloos

RELATED: Outdoor igloos return to the Davenport Grand

21 – Order one of Brambleberry Cottage’s tea services to go and have a tea party with your little ones 

22 – Find holiday gifts using Live Local INW’s online marketplace or the 4 News Now Shop Local guide 

READ: ‘Live Local INW’ campaign to help showcase Spokane small businesses

23 – Make a donation to your favorite local organization or shelter 

24 –  Knit a blanket for the kittens at SpokAnimal

RELATED: SpokAnimal asking for blanket donations to keep kittens warm this winter

25 – Pick up an online gift tag and support a family through Tree of Sharing

26 – Pull on a pair of snowshoes and hit the trails at Mount Spokane

27 –  Spend some time on the cross-country ski trails at Riverside State Park 

28 – Hit one of the INW’s ski slopes – but don’t forget your mask!

RELATED: Opening dates and how local ski mountains will keep you safe during the pandemic

29 – Take your kids to get socially-distanced Santa pictures at River Park Square 

30 – Purchase a gingerbread kit from Northern Quest and watch the live professional contest online

31 – Cozy up with a batch of homemade eggnog

32 – Visit the Davenport’s Crescent Windows

READ: Davenport Grand ‘Crescent Windows’ display returns

33 – Go for a walk and visit the Christmas tree in Riverfront Park

34 – Pick up a poinsettia from the PlantFarm or the SCC Greenery

RELATED: Spokane Community College students selling poinsettia plants from the SCC Greenery

35 – Watch a holiday light show at the Pavilion

READ: Here’s where to see the holiday lights in the Inland Northwest

36 – See the lights at Gaiser Conservatory’s drive-thru light display  

37 – Order a dozen cookies from Breauxdoo Bakery and have them delivered right to someone’s doorstep!  

38 – Visit the Winter Farmers Market at the Pavilion

READ: Shop local at the new Riverfront Park winter farmers market

39 – Order a hot buttered rum mix from Harvey’s

40 – Make a deco mesh Christmas wreath