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Manito Park’s drive-thru Christmas lights were a big hit this year

An estimated 66,000 people traveled the half-mile decorated route in the park on the South Hill earlier this month, according to a car count conducted by the city's Parks Department. That's up from the 13,000 people who usually tour the illuminated Gaiser Conservatory in years past. 

It is lit! Holiday lights displays in town

We asked The Spokesman-Review readers to tell us about their favorite holiday lights displays, and here is what they’ve shared with us so far. Do you have a favorite holiday lights display that’s missing from our list? Go to to enter an address. While you’re there, you can plot your own holiday lights tour.

Water Cooler: Virtual holiday light displays

Spokane has gorgeous holiday light displays at favorite local spots like Riverfront Park and Manito Park, as well as plenty of local residents who decorate their yards. That said, if you are stuck home with the travel bug, get out of the Inland Northwest and enjoy these virtual holiday light displays and celebrations from across the nation.

Friends of Manito Park turn holiday lights show into drive-thru tour

Holiday lights will still illuminate Manito Park this year, just not from inside Gaiser Conservatory. Instead, the annual event has been reworked as a drive-thru holiday lights tour to allow for social distancing. Enchanted Garden Drive-Thru Holiday Lights at Manito Park, presented by the Friends of Manito and Spokane Parks, opens Friday.

Tell us about your favorite holiday light displays

Do you or a neighbor go all out with holiday displays? Does your street do up the holidays right? Do you just love that place with the thousands of lights synced to Christmas music? We want to hear about it. Visit our holiday light map online and enter the coordinates in our mapping program.

The Full Suburban: Christmas lights are another reminder of dim 2020

I’ve noticed that, in this dumpster fire of a year, people have been putting up their Christmas lights a lot earlier than usual. We could all use some extra cheer, right? And while I am definitely impressed with everyone’s get-up-and-go, all I can say is: The Dittos have you all beat. We’ve had our Christmas lights up since forever.

The Flaming Lips’ light can’t be extinguished

The seemingly endless drives toward Spokane have been epic and occasionally eventful for the Flaming Lips. "It's always an adventure coming in from Minneapolis or Canada toward Washington," the Flaming Lips vocalist-guitarist Wayne Coyne said. "It's always an experience that you have to embrace."

Paris awakens after 2-month slumber to world of yore, slowly

After a two-month freeze, Paris slowly awakened on Monday to the world it had lost under lockdown as hairdressers, florists, nail salons and some other businesses reopened – but under mandatory social distancing requirements.

Twinkling displays spread holiday cheer

Cheerful holiday lights can brighten long, dark nights this time of year. We asked The Spokesman-Review readers to tell us about their favorite displays. Here’s what they’ve shared so far.

Season’s sparkles: Holiday lights displays in town

The sun sets early this time of year in the Inland Northwest. Holiday lights help chase away some of that darkness. We asked The Spokesman-Review readers to tell us about their favorite displays. Here’s what they’ve shared so far.

Liberty Lake turns on Christmas light show Saturday

Instead of a grand opening for Liberty Lake’s newest park, the city will host a 40-day light and Christmas festival, which will feature light-up zoo animal displays, giant Christmas trees and 12-foot candles.