Parks & Recreation + Partners Bring Holiday Cheer with Festive Events

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Friday, December 3, 2021 at 11:10 a.m.

SPOKANE – This 2021 holiday season, Parks & Recreation and partners are offering a wide variety of festive events and activities to bring the cheer through the New Year.  

Take in the glow of holiday light displays at Manito, Riverfront, and Cowley Park, glide through the crisp winter air at the Numerica Skate Ribbon, shop local at Riverfront’s Winter Market, and ring in the new year with the return of New Year’s Eve Fireworks at Riverfront! Plus, enjoy winter recreation activities for the whole family.  

“It’s been a difficult 18-plus months, so we will embrace any opportunity to create joy and provide something special for the community,” said Parks & Recreation director Garrett Jones. “Spokane is a city that really knows how to celebrate the holiday season, and we’ve got so many spectacular ways to do it this year thanks to our partners and generous donors.” 

2021 Light Shows  

Light up the Night - Holiday Tree Walk & Trail of Lights at Riverfront  

Parks & Recreation  

Now thru January 2  

The Holiday Tree Walk aims to shine light on Spokane’s non-profit, community centered organizations; groups are invited to decorate a tree highlighting their organization’s mission. View the window display and outdoor trees at the Riverfront Pavilion and visit the Trail of Lights all around the park! 

Cowley Park Lights  

KXLY Extreme Team, ACE Hardware, Directors Mortgage, Avista, Parks & Recreation  

December 1 – January 31  

Music from Noon – 9pm  

Every year, the Extreme Team lights up Cowley Park for the kids at the Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital. This year, a few additional trees will be decorated, and inspirational messages will fill the sidewalks. 

Holiday Lights at Manito  

Friends of Manito, Parks & Recreation, Providence Health Care, Wagstaff, Inc., Washington Trust Bank 

Drive-Thru December 10 – 16

Walk-Thru December 17 – 19 

Riding on the success of last year’s drive-thru holiday lights event, the Manito Holiday Lights will be even more spectacular this year thanks to generous sponsors and partners. Plus, we’ve added walk-thru days, Dec 17-19, just for pedestrians!

Drive-Thu Event: December 10-16, 6:30 – 9:30pm

Walk-Thru Event: December 17-19, 6:30 – 8:30pm

New Year’s Eve Fireworks presented by Coca-Cola 

December 31


Riverfront Park 

A return to the tradition of a vibrant fireworks show in the heart of downtown! The family-friendly fireworks show will begin at 9 p.m. and the Numerica Skate Ribbon will offer extended hours from 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. 

2021 Festivities

Wheatland Bank Horse and Carriage Rides   

Wheatland Bank, Downtown Spokane Partnership, Parks & Recreation  

Now thru December 24  

Fridays 3 – 8 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays Noon – 5 p.m.  
Enjoy an 8-minute loop through the wonders of Riverfront Park. Pre-registration required. Free. 

Winter Market at the Pavilion   

Wednesdays, Dec. 1, 8, 15, 22

3 – 7 p.m.

Riverfront's Winter Market is back by popular demand! Shop local this holiday season with a variety of local farmers, processors, artisans, and hand crafters. 

Numerica Skate Ribbon   

Glide along the ribbon of ice downtown, amidst the glow of holiday lights! Check out our weekly specials, like Cheap Skate Tuesdays where we offer free skate rentals and food deals, on our website. 

2021 Outdoor Recreation  

Cross Country Ski Lessons  

December 11, 12, 18, 19, 30, 31


Come learn the basics at Mt. Spokane from certified instructors!   
Sponsored by Fitness Fanatics  

Register at 

Snowshoe Tours  

December 17, 18, 19, 26


Try this amazing winter sport – we provide the gear! During a guided hike, you’ll travel on beautiful trails through the snow-covered trees around Mt. Spokane.   

Register at  

Youth Winter Adventures  

December 21-22, or 28-29


Ages 9-12 will learn snowshoeing, cross country skiing, and snow cave building at Mt. Spokane State Park!  

Register at 

About City of Spokane Parks & Recreation

City of Spokane Parks and Recreation stewards nearly 120 properties across 4,000 acres of park land, including manicured parks, natural lands, aquatic centers, golf courses, sports complexes, and an arboretum. We also offer hundreds of recreation opportunities for all ages and abilities to improve the health and quality of life for our community. Enjoy all your city has to offer by visiting Follow us @SpokaneParks on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.