Family Fun This Holiday Season

Feeling like this year’s holiday season is lacking some of its sparkle as a result of social distancing and cancelled traditions? Before you convert to the Grinch’s way of thinking, we have news to keep your holiday spirits aglow.

The Spokane area has plenty of family fun to offer for this 2020 holiday season, and if you plan your holiday calendar just right – it might not feel all that different from previous years. We’ve put together a list of things to consider as we head into December and the holiday season.

1. Cut Your Own Holiday Tree

All those canceled or modified holiday gatherings and parties mean more time to spend trying out new things. If you’ve never done it before, we recommend loading up the family and heading out on an adventure. There are plenty of tree farms to choose from, all of which help to support local families and businesses, building new memories and traditions, and keeping new trees replanted each year.

We recommend packing thermoses of hot chocolate and some of your favorite holiday snacks (freshly decorated cookies, anyone?). Some of our staff favorites are:

It’s a good idea to call ahead as some farms require reservations and demand has been high this year.

2. Take the Kids to Visit Santa

This year, locations like River Park Square are still bringing Santa to town, albeit a bit differently. Most locations require reservations for a time slot to prevent crowding and lines. And, of course, Santa will be wearing a mask. You can Click Here to make your reservation to see Santa at River Park Square.

You can also reserve times to visit Santa at the Spokane Valley Mall as well as NorthTown Mall.

3. Visit the Holiday Tree Walk

Spokane hosted a virtual tree lighting on November 27, and hopefully your family was able to attend. If not, choose any evening from now through January 3rd and enjoy the Numerica Holiday Tree Walk.

The Holiday Tree Walk will feature up to 40 adopted trees. Experience the Singing Sculpture at the Rotary Fountain. Kids and adults alike love to interact with the responsive light display that interacts with sound, as well as a nightly holiday light show at the Pavilion and seasonal Clock Tower lighting. Stop by the Numerica SkyRide attraction counter and pick up a free pair of our special tree viewing glasses courtesy of Senske Services.

4. Support local vendors at the Riverfront Farmers Market

Local vendors and city officials have worked hard to support Wednesday evening Winter Markets, which take place each Wednesday evening between December 2nd and January 27 (excluding 12/23), from 3:00 to 7:00 at the Riverfront Pavilion.

What a great way to get yourselves and kids outside (or take turns with your partner) to support local businesses while shopping for holiday and seasonal favorites.

And, as long as we’re focusing on honoring local businesses, don’t forget to support local restaurants, who have really taken a hit this past year. Click Here for a list of some of the areas best restaurants offering curbside pickup, takeout, and deliveries.

5. Build and Decorate Your Own Gingerbread House

You can be brave and venture to make your own gingerbread dough, patterns and cut-outs or you can buy a Gingerbread House Kit online.

Whichever route you choose, making and decorating Gingerbread Houses is a tradition that many children will continue to enjoy for years and even decades to come. You’ll be amazed at how your decorating skills increase from year to year. Before you know it, your family’s houses will look like they were made by professionals.

6. Get Outside and Go Sledding

While Spokane officials are working to find ways to open the Numerica Ice Ribbon, we recommend donning your warmest snow gear and getting the family outside to enjoy snow play. You can Click Here to check out some of KHQ6’s map of the best sledding hills in the area. Some of the area’s snow resorts also offer passes for sledding and tubing, even if you don’t want to ski.

We know this holiday season won’t feel quite the same as year’s past, but all of our efforts to stay safe and honor healthcare guidelines will help us reclaim some of our favorite traditions next year. In the meantime, OB/GYN Associates of Spokane hopes these six ideas for family fun this 2020 holiday season will keep your spirits uplifted.