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UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 25, 2019

Do Washington residents like eggnog? Do they prefer turkey or ham for Christmas?

Two new maps created with geotagged Twitter data by cooking site


UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 22, 2019

Vanessa Williams performs holiday, pop music potpourri at the Fox

If attendees were expecting a classic and old-fashioned holiday concert by the Spokane Symphony and guest singer Vanessa Williams on Saturday night, they were instead treated to an early Christmas …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 20, 2019

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.


Christmas shows are plentiful through the weekend

The countdown to Christmas has begun in earnest, but the area’s lively entertainment scene offers plenty of glittering gifts to unwrap before Santa’s arrival. Here are some holiday highlights.


A luxurious – and strong – eggnog recipe to sustain you through this holiday season, and many more

I did not have much FOMO growing up without celebrating Christmas. After all, I could still appreciate the decorations without my family putting them up. There were always Hanukkah presents, …


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 …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 13, 2019

U.S. retail sales rise 0.2% as holiday shopping starts slowly

U.S. retail sales rose at a modest pace in November as the holiday shopping season appeared to have a slow start.


Historic Campbell House is ready to receive holiday visitors

The Campbell House is decorated for the season and ready for visitors. And welcoming guests to the kitchen will be actress Rebecca Cook. She’ll be baking sugar cookies and sharing …


Airline trade group predicts Christmas travel will rise 3%

Airlines are looking forward to another big Christmas and New Year’s season, with 3% more people flying in the U.S. than during last year’s holiday stretch.


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 6, 2019

‘The Nutcracker,’ with Spokane Symphony and State Street Ballet, offers holiday magic and delight at the Fox

The ballet “The Nutcracker” has become an annual holiday tradition for families and friends alike across the country, and the beautiful production, performed by the Spokane Symphony and Santa Barbara, …


Musical menagerie: Menzel, Ne-Yo, Chicago, Koz, Halford offer holiday standards and strong originals

It’s been a prolific season for holiday albums. The 17 titles covered in this column even omit a few 2019 releases, and there isn’t any deserving of lumps of coal, …


UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 1, 2019

It’s the most wonderful time at the Tenors’ ‘Wonder of Christmas’ at Bing Crosby Theater

Little Cindy Lou Who of Dr. Seuss’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and the titular character of “A Charlie Brown Christmas” are both in search of the true meaning of …


UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 1, 2019

Spokane animal lovers, adoptable pets converge for Santa Claws 2019

Hundreds of visitors and their animals gathered at the Spokane County Fair and Expo Center Sunday, some for a holiday photo with Santa, and others to adopt a new pet …


Christmas tree lights up Riverfront Park

As a growing crowd waited for the 3,000 feet of Christmas lights to shine on Spokane’s Christmas tree, revelers sipped hot chocolate and negotiated the best spots next to portable …


Holiday highlights include ‘A Christmas Story,’ ‘It’s a Wonderful Life,’ ‘The Nutcracker’

Holiday lights are strung up all over the city, and Christmas shows are lighting up local stages. Just this week, the offerings run the gamut from the circus and ballet …


Trans-Siberian Orchestra brings ‘Christmas Eve and Other Stories’ to Spokane Arena

For the last three years, rock orchestra Trans-Siberian Orchestra has delighted audiences with performances of “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve.” The story, first showcased in a 1999 made-for-TV movie, follows …


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 6, 2019

Moscow Ballet’s ‘Great Russian Nutcracker’ at FICA kicks off holiday season in colorful fashion

The holiday season, as far as I’m concerned, has officially kicked off in Spokane with a performance of Moscow Ballet’s “Great Russian Nutcracker” (the Gift of Christmas Tour) at First …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 16, 2019

Sweet deluge: Treats are OK in candy season if balanced with nutrition, dental care

Between trick-or-treat fun and candy canes, kids aren’t likely to resist sweets this time of year. But there are tips for parents to help with better choices. Experts note the …


Christmas is many months of joy for holiday early birders

Holiday early birds, you know them. They already have most or all their Christmas gifts stashed. But with less than 100 days until Dec. 25, you might consider some steps …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 16, 2019

The Tenors are bringing ‘Wonder of Christmas’ tour to the Bing on Nov. 30

Canadian vocal group the Tenors – Clifton Murray, Fraser Walters and Victor Micallef – are bringing their award-winning harmonies, charisma and showmanship – with a holiday twist – to the …


Toys R Us closure hits Toys for Tots hard

The toy giant Toys R Us’ decision to close its stores this year left some huge holes for the annual charity drive to fill.


Holiday travel numbers expected to hit a record high; snow possible in low-lying areas of Eastern Washington

The trade group AAA estimates a 4.4 percent increase in holiday travel nationwide this year compared to 2017, and weather conditions are expected to be wet and potentially snowy in …


Looking local: Terrain heads to the mall for a one-day local artisan fair, Brrzaar

River Park Square on Saturday will dedicate its first two floors to host 70 booths filled with local artists and craftspeople as part of Terrain’s first ever winter market. Dubbed …


The Christmas Bureau opens this week. Here’s what you need to know.

Christmas is approaching, but the first day of the Christmas Bureau is approaching even faster. The doors of the bureau will swing open at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Spokane …


UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 9, 2018

Local chefs, community recreate historic Spokane landmarks in gingerbread

Spokane’s historical and cultural landmarks were recreated in gingerbread, fondant and royal icing Sunday when six local bakers, chefs and community members competed in the Christ Kitchen’s annual gingerbread build …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 4, 2018

Supplies low for shelters helping migrants as holidays near

Shelters run by volunteers in the U.S. say they are getting hit with an expected surge of new migrants seeking asylum in the U.S. who need temporary housing. Nonprofit groups …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 30, 2018

Christmas tree display benefiting Spokane Symphony contains memorial for late auto dealer, philanthropist

The family of Marlene Kay “Marti” Hollenback, who died suddenly last spring, have developed a Christmas package full of the late philanthropist and community volunteer’s favorite things. The tree, sponsored …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 29, 2018

American Legion Auxiliary hosts gifts for vets event at Mann-Grandstaff Medical Center

About 150 Spokane-area veterans took advantage of Mann-Grandstaff Medical Center’s “Gift Shop” event that ran from Sunday to Thursday.


‘Mrs. Santa’ and her ‘elves’ prepare for another season of giving at the Spokane Guild School on Black Friday

Marilyn Henderson, the retired program coordinator at the school for children with developmental disabilities, is prepping for yet another season of giving away toys to families. Henderson, who signs letters …


Despite rain, thousands turn out for Coeur d’Alene Lighting Ceremony Parade

Thousands of people crowded under umbrellas in the dark and rain on Friday, lining Sherman Avenue in downtown Coeur d’Alene for the 27th annual Lighting Ceremony Parade.