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UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 24, 2017, 7:17 p.m.

For 62nd year, NORAD takes calls from kids awaiting Santa

A Colorado Springs newspaper ran an ad in 1955 inviting children to call Santa but mistakenly ran the phone number for the hotline at the Continental Air Defense Command, which …


Drones beneath the Christmas tree: What to know before you fly

This winter, airports have more to worry about than just snowy weather and slick runways. There’s a new source of anxiety waiting under the Christmas tree: drones.


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 30, 2017, 7:02 p.m.

Even with stocks at record highs, experts see ‘Santa’ jump

December on average is the best month for stocks. Investors call the gains a Santa Claus rally: a late-year boost that helps the markets end on a high note. Although …


Santa’s in town? You need an appointment this year

Santa Claus may be coming to town, but you’ll need a reservation to see him.


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 17, 2017, 9:26 p.m.

Lights, songs and Santa steal the show at annual Christmas tree lighting

Singing a medley of carols at the base of a 50-foot Christmas tree, the Christian Youth Theater’s quartet evoked the yuletide spirit of hundreds at Riverpark Square on Friday night.


Then and Now: Santa Claus

Santa Claus, the icon of American Christmas, came from several different sources. The story began with Bishop Nicholas, a fourth-century saint who lived in what is now Turkey.


Mall of America welcomes its first black Santa

Dozens of Santas cycle through Twin Cities shopping centers each year, spreading joy to children who entrust them with their holiday wish lists. What has been missing from that experience, …


He sees you when you’re shopping: Santa’s at the mall

Santa is back, ready to check in with girls and boys about what toys they want, and take a picture, too.


Christmas tree lighting at U-City kicks off annual Celebration of Lights

The Rotary Club of Spokane Valley is lighting its Christmas tree one last time in the U-City Parking lot on Dec. 1 at 5:30 p.m. when it kicks off its …


Fondness for Santa turns into a hefty collection

Bob Conrad, 83, has never stopped believing in Santa Claus.


Valley fire crew helps ‘unlucky guy’ on Christmas Eve

The man requesting help getting into a Spokane Valley condo wasn’t wearing a red suit and a white beard, but it never hurts to check. A Spokane Valley Fire Department …


Spokane Santa has seen just about everything in 39 years

Editor’s note: Parents may wish to review this article before allowing young children to read it. If you’ve lived in Spokane for long, chances are you, your children or your …


Spokane Fantasy Flight takes kids on journey to North Pole

When Emily Anne Benjamin, 9, flew over the Arctic on her way to Spokane from Germany last Saturday, she spotted blinking red lights and a polar bear. It disappeared in …


Q and A with St. Nick

The Spokesman-Review recently sat down for an interview with Santa Claus, during a break from his duties at River Park Square. Santa sipped his favorite beverage – a peppermint latte. …


Book Notes: EWU’s Kevin Decker lands at Auntie’s

So there’s a “Doctor Who” expert at Eastern Washington University. Who knew?


HOLLY JOLLY VISITOR

Kindergarten teacher Bob McCaslin led the morning students at the Central Valley Kindergarten Center in Christmas carols Wednesday. After they finished each song, students shouted, “Bravo, bravo, bravo!” The children …


Christmas Bureau: Keeping holiday worries at bay

Five-year-old Aidan Marin believes in Santa. His mom, Fran Marin, hopes to keep it that way. “Believing in Santa was magical for me growing up,” she said. “Every child should …


Santa’s coming to District 9 areas

Spokane Fire District 9 crews will be busy escorting Santa from neighborhood to neighborhood beginning Saturday. This is an annual tradition, and while Santa works his magic and checks his …


Holiday Pops concert puts Santa in the conductor’s role

The Big Man himself, Santa Claus, will hop onto the podium and conduct “Sleigh Ride,” in one of the many traditions surrounding the Spokane holiday staple, the Spokane Symphony’s Holiday …


Religion Notebook: Candlelight breakfast planned

Shalom Ministries will present its fourth annual St. Lucy’s Candlelight Breakfast Benefit Saturday from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, 127 E. 12th Ave. …


Santa to visit Fire District 9 areas

Firefighters from Spokane County Fire District 9 will be riding along with Santa on his annual visits to local neighborhoods on the following dates leading up to Christmas. He’ll be …


Homing pigeons deliver wish lists to Santa

When Brandon Michielli was considering opening a Christmas tree lot this year, he thought about what he could do to be different from the numerous other tree lots that dot …


At Breakfast with Santa, donations will help charity

The fifth-grade student leadership team at West Ridge Elementary in the Post Falls School District is doing their part this holiday season with their Breakfast with Santa Saturday at Applebee’s, …


Jolly old elf is holdover from Crescent display days

Technically, Santa is supposed to be up on the rooftop, but for the past 22 years, he’s stood proudly in the parking lot at the White Elephant store on East …


Jolly old elf is holdover from Crescent display days

Technically, Santa is supposed to be up on the rooftop, but for the past 22 years, he’s stood proudly in the parking lot at the White Elephant store on East …


Hillyard Santa sees busy holiday ahead

Last year, it took a last-minute rally to get enough presents together for Hillyard’s Santa, Clyde Decker. He was hoping to get presents to 750 children, but the demand was …


District 9 firefighters will escort Santa Claus on trucks

The firefighters from Spokane County Fire District 9 will be riding along with Santa while he visits local neighborhoods on the following dates. Beginning today, Santa will be in the …


Giving gift of memories

Families lined up early to have their chance at a free picture with Santa Claus Tuesday at Spokane Valley Partners. Some children were dressed in their best clothes for the …


Scary Christmas

The annual outing to get the kid’s picture on Santa’s lap is just a crying shame for some parents. For Paul and Kathy Marshall, it started when their only child, …