Let’s get festive! Your guide to free Christmas cheer in the Inland Northwest
SPOKANE, Wash — It’s almost Christmas and there are so many ways to get your family in the Christmas spirit that go beyond what’s under the tree.
Here are some of our favorite – FREE – ways to get into the holiday spirit in the Inland Northwest.
Check out the Crescent Christmas window displays at the Davenport Grand. Few things bring more nostalgia to people who’ve spent decades in Spokane than the magic of the old Crescent window displays. For years, the decorated windows were an integral part of the holiday season, bringing the holidays to life in the old Crescent department store. When the store closed, the windows went dark. Now, they’ve been brought back to life and adorn the windows of the Davenport Grand Hotel. Grab some hot chocolate or coffee and stroll along Main Avenue in downtown Spokane. The displays are up until January 2nd.
Make Spirits Bright with the KXLY Extreme Team light display in Cowley Park. What started as our Extreme Team project to bring smiles and holiday cheer to families and patients at Sacred Heart Childrens Hospital has grown into an annual tradition for Spokane families. With the addition of lighting displays from Winter Glow, the park just south of downtown Spokane has grown into a holiday wonderland. Stop by any evening and stroll through the displays; maybe wave or send some healing thoughts to the families and children in the windows above.
Head to the Coeur d’Alene Resort to walk among the million lights.You can’t celebrate Christmas in the Inland Northwest without a visit to the Coeur d’Alene Resort. Even if you don’t want to pay to cross the lake to the North Pole to see if you made the nice list, you can still get into the spirit of the holiday just by stepping on the grounds of the resort. The holiday lighting ceremony is listed as a Top 10 Holiday Light show in America. Stroll the docks to see boats and slips decorated with lights, then step inside the resort to fill yourself up on one of their delicious desserts.
Take a carriage ride through downtown Spokane. You don’t have to spend a dime to take a trip through downtown Spokane the old-fashioned way. Once again this year, Wheatland Bank is sponsoring horse-drawn carriage rides. Rides are free from 3-8pm on Fridays and from noon to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday. Hop on at 221 N. Wall, across from Wheatland Bank.
Head indoors to see the lights aglow in Manito’s conservatory. Don’t forget about Spokane’s beautiful Manito Park, which lights up one of its central locations for the holidays. Thousands of lights adorn poinsettias and other plants inside. This is a popular attraction and hours are limited, but if you have the time, it will warm you up from the inside out.
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