Northwest Winterfest: Your guide to the largest holiday lantern lightshow in the Inland Northwest

SPOKANE, Wash. — Northwest Winterfest is the Inland Northwest’s largest lantern display in the region. The event lights up the sky with holiday cultures from all across the world.

It’s taking place at the Spokane Fair and Expo Center from 5 p.m to 8 p.m. everyday through January 2. Larger than life sized lanterns, traditions, holiday music and food booths offer something for the whole family.

While you can see Christmas lights all over the region, this event is truly unique. The handmade lanterns are created and painted in China before making the journey to Spokane. Some of the displays were painted by local artists, as well.

“We are just a little bit different because it’s a hand-crafted lantern festival, rather than just Christmas lights,” said Mary Kae Repp, a Marketing Specialist with Northwest Winterfest.

Last year, there was a smaller display due to Covid, but this year they’ve been able to expand the event once again. Repp says they hope next year’s event will be even bigger with more dining, dancing and global cultural festivities.

Winterfest is a walking tour that is handicap and stroller accessible with wide paved lanes. You can enjoy the show at your own pace, taking in the thousands of “lit” traditions from around the world.

If you attend Thursday, December 2, Winterfest is offering a special promotion! Tickets are only $10 at the door. You must attend Dec. 2 to receive the special offer.

If you want to learn more about Winterfest or order tickets, click HERE.

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