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UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 23, 2019

Stream of cars drives nightly past ‘peeing’ Santa

The drive down South Wilbur Street in Spokane Valley this time of year is pretty bright, with neighbors having decked out their houses with lights, reindeer and Santas. But one …

Getting There: Ever wonder how Santa logs all those miles in a night?

Christmas is upon us, and on this eve of all eves, there is just one question on everyone’s mind: What kind of rig does the man in red drive?

Santa Claus continues decades-old tradition of visits to Spokane malls

The technology and requests may be different than they were at the old Crescent or Bon Marche department stores, but children still line up every year to bend the ear …

Man arrested in Texas after telling kids Santa isn’t real

Police say a 31-year-old protester who told children Santa Claus is not real has been arrested for trespassing at a North Texas church.

UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 7, 2018

Man yells ‘there’s no Santa’ at Florida holiday event

It wasn’t the Grinch who stole Christmas. It was a man who screamed “there’s no Santa Claus” over and over during a recent holiday festival in Florida.

UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 1, 2018

Deaf and hard-of-hearing children speak to Santa thanks to local program

Santa says that talking to the deaf and hard-of-hearing children who go to school at the HOPE School, a local nonprofit, is like talking to any other kid.

Our Christmas Card to Readers

The stories behind our Christmas Day covers.

UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 24, 2017

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

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

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 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. …

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 …

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

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


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, …