Christmas is my favorite time of the year. I love every moment of it from the frosty air, lights, music, the birth of Jesus and the little bit more kindness and joy people share. I start my countdown to Christmas at 100 days every year. To be honest the older I get the more I love it. It is truly a magical time of year. The absolute best part of Christmas is the memory making moments. Memories don’t have to cost money. This year our family is going to try to pack in the most fun and spend as close to $0 as possible. If you live in the Spokane, WA area I hope this list helps you I’ve tried to make it as easy as possible to find these great opportunities as possible. Here are just some of the ideas I found. If you have more please email your events and I’ll add them to the list. Merry Christmas. Follow Life Made Radiant on Instagram and Facebook to share how our family will be enjoying these events.


Teach your kids to give. I love this idea. December 1st 10 AM – 3 PM

Adventure Outpost is an alternative Christmas market taking place on December 1st from 10am-3pm at Whitworth Church. Instead of a craft fair or yet another place to buy Christmas ornaments, Adventure Outpost is a place to find practical ways you can get involved and make a difference in local, regional, and global mission partners. There will also be a petting zoo, live music, activities for kids, and a day full of fun and fellowship!

Journey to Bethlehem – FREE
journey to bethlehem spokane logo FREE

Journey to Bethlehem has become an annual holiday tradition for hundreds of families across the Inland Northwest. Each year, approximately 5,000 people visit South Hill to see the Christmas story brought to life. This walk-through Christmas pageant features a cast of over 100 actors from eight denominations and many live animals, including sheep, goats, donkeys, and a camel. The event is located at the South Hill Seventh-day Adventist Church on the corner of 57th Ave and Freya. Doors are open from 6:00 – 8:00pm on Friday night, and 5:00 – 8:00pm on Saturday and Sunday nights. No tickets or reservations are required. Groups will be dismissed every 3 – 5 minutes. Dress warmly and plan to be outside for 15 – 20 minutes once your tour leaves the church. Begin this holiday season by celebrating the beautiful Christmas story. Come to experience Bethlehem on the night that Jesus was born!

  • Friday Nov 30th 6:00pm to 8:00pm
  • Saturday Dec 1st 5:00 – 8:00pm
  • Sunday Dec 2nd 5:00 – 8:00pm

Blessings Under the Bridge – FREE

Join Blessings Under the Bridge in having the honor of giving and serving the homeless, children, and those in need this Christmas season! Another great opportunity to teach your family about giving.

December 15th from 11 am – 3 pm This  12th Annual Winter Event includes:

  • FREE Holiday Brunch
  • Treats
  • Hot Drinks
  • Clothing
  • Winter Items
  • Gifts
  • Music
  • Santa
  • Resources
  • So much MORE!

To sponsor a table or station, to donate items, or to serve, visit

Christmas Concert at the Fox – Upper Columbia Academy – FREE

Fox Theater
1001 West Sprague Ave, Spokane

December 20 at 7:30 pm

You are invited to the Fox Theatre in downtown Spokane for an amazing holiday concert featuring choir, orchestra, and concert band from Upper Columbia Academy. Don’t miss this soaring celebration of Christmas! Doors open at 6:30 pm. There are no tickets for this free concert – first come, first seated.

Find Buddy Kid’s, Scavenger Hunt – FREE

Image may contain: textKids! Buddy is missing and it is almost Christmas Eve! He’s hiding somewhere in downtown Spokane and Santa needs your help finding him.

Once you have collected ten stamps, bring your Passport to Auntie’s Bookstore or the Concierge Desk at River Park Square and pick up a prize! Your Passport will be automatically entered into the grand prize drawing for a downtown family pack (and other prizes) that will be held on December 19.

Participants who visit all 25 locations will receive a $5 voucher towards tickets to see Elf The Musical at Spokane Civic Theatre, November 23 through December 23 (While tickets last).

Print your Passport here:, or find one inside Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W Main or the River Park Square Concierge Desk, 808 W Main.

The Spokesman-Review Window Display Contest – FREE

To celebrate Spokane’s unique, historic downtown, awards will be presented to businesses in the downtown area for the best Holiday window displays. The contest runs from Small Business Saturday, November 24, through December 19, 2018. Winners will be announced on December 21.

Each award winner will receive $500 in advertising in The Spokesman Review with complimentary design services. Winners will also receive a certificate to display.

Mayor’s Choice Award – Determined by Mayor Condon
The Spokesman Award – Determined by staff at The Spokesman Review
People’s Choice award – Determined by public voting
To vote, pick up your ballot at the Davenport Grand Hotel, at any of the participating businesses, or print online. Votes may be returned to the voting drop box located inside the Davenport Grand Hotel. The business window with the most votes by 5:00 pm December 19 will win the People’s Choice Award.

One ballot will be drawn to win a night stay at the Davenport Grand Hotel!

Find a map and more information here:

Christmas Tree Elegance at River Park Square & Davenport – FREE to look

A raffle for 6 fabulous custom-decorated trees and gifts valued up to $4,999 on the second floor east wing of River Park Square. Twelve more trees are at the Historic Davenport Hotel. Tickets are $1 for this raffle that benefits the Spokane Symphony.

Hot coco and coffee would make this extra special but plan ahead and save money by bringing it from home. 

Christmas Tree Lighting

Christmas Tree Lighting – December 1st
Everyone is invited to the Christmas Tree Lighting at Sunset Park in Airway Heights on December 1st, 2018. Fun Starts in the morning and lasts all day. Activities include: Kiwanis Club Breakfast with Santa, Sunset PTO Holiday Movie and Craft, Airway Heights Library Winter Story Time and Crafts, Community Bonfire starts at 5:30 pm. Christmas Tree Lighting starts at 6 pm. There will also be fireworks.

The Heights Church

2215 S Hayford Rd, Airway Heights, Washington 99224

Women’s Christmas Event – FREE (bring donation)
Star of Light

Monday, December 3, 2018 at 6 pm

Bring a friend, have a seat, take a breath, and relax!
There will be a light dinner, devotional, crafts,
demonstrations, and a fun time to connect.

Special guest presentation from The Jonah Project.

We will be collecting donations that night for the 
Jonah Project, supplies include: toilet paper, women’s sanitary
items, travel sized soaps,  shampoo, conditioner, tooth-
brushes, toothpaste, socks, and underwear.


December 8 @ 4:30 PM – December 9 @ 7:30 PM 

The Friends of Manito will host an open house on Saturday, December 8th and Sunday, December 9th from 4:30 to 7:30 PM each night. This is a Spokane tradition and a great kick-off to a week of Gaiser Conservatory holiday lights. There will be cookie decorating for the children, visits with Santa and calendars and poinsettias for sale. We will NOT be serving refreshments this year. This event is free and open to the public.

Wheatland Bank Free Horse and Carriage Rides – FREE

Presented By: Wheatland Bank Dates: November 23, 2018 – December 23, 2018Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Friday, Saturday Location: Wheatland Bank Time:Fri: 3-8 pm (break from 6-7 pm), Sat-Sun: noon-5 pm (break from 2-3 pm), Christmas Eve: noon-3 price: Free

Santa Express Store – $0.50 – $8 (Great way to take you kids shopping for friends and family)

Presented By: Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery, Dates: November 23, 2018 – December 23, 2018, Location: River Park Square 

Time: 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM

Classic Christmas movies on the big screen – $2.50 


Tues. Nov. 27 |  7:15
Totally Tubular Tuesday
Tickets $2.50


It’s a Wonderful Life (PG)


Tues. Dec. 4 |  7:15
Totally Tubular Tuesday

Home Alone (PG)

Hillyard North Pole – FREE

A community event Free Family Fun! Join us, with tree lighting, Christmas carols, Canned Food Drive, Hay Rides, Pictures with Santa, snacks, and pictures with Santa.

Hillyard Events

Gingerbread Build-Off – FREE to $7

One of Spokane’s favorite traditions! The competition features some of the most talented local bakery artists competing to see who can make the most extravagant display.You can try your hand at decorating your own Gingerbread House, take a photo with the Gingerbread Man and friends and enter to win awesome prizes! All proceeds benefit Christ Clinic / Christ Kitchen. The houses will be on display through December 24.

  • Dates: December 9, 2018
  • Location: The Davenport Grand
  • Time: 10 am-4 pm
  • Price: Free, $7/Gingerbread house kit

Handel’s Messiah Community Sing-a-long – FREE

Join us to celebrate the birth of Christ by singing Handel’s Messiah. This is a wonderful way to usher in the true meaning of Christmas with family and friends.

  • First Presbyterian Church – Spokane
  • Dates: December 15, 2018
  • Location: First Presbyterian Church – Spokane
  • Time: 3:00 PM to 5:30 PM

More free ideas at home:

  • Make Christmas cards for each other
  • Sing carols to your neighbors
  • Play games
  • Great hot cocoa and watch a Christmas movie
  • Read the Christmas Story together – Luke 2
  • Pray for friends and family that don’t know Jesus, yet. Make it a special point to pray for them multiple times with your kids.
  • Bake cookies with friends
  • Call friends and family you haven’t seen in a while to wish them a Merry Christmas
  • Cuddle in front of the fire and read stories.
  • Play in the snow.

We hope you have a beautiful Christmas and that it is merry and bright. Be blessed.


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