December in Spokane

Reindeers, apple cider, mulled wine, and a cruise to the North Pole – my son and I experienced many firsts this week. It’s wonderful that Spokane offers enough events and activities to keep us busy. Some were free and close by, like the performance by Maasai people at our son’s school. Watch their Christmas Special on Dec. 18 at the Bing Crosby Theater.

We saw a couple of reindeers at Ritter’s Garden & Gift but missed Santa. But that was okay because we already booked our tickets to the North Pole, and so on a rainy Friday afternoon we drove to Coeur D’alene Resort and hopped on a boat to see Santa Claus. We also met Mrs. Claus and some elves at the departure area, and caught sight of the Grinch lurking on the docks. Santa read the names of all the kids on our boat who made it to the Nice list. You could tell a lot of kids were worried by how loudly they cheered when they heard their name. It was too late to get our tickets thru Groupon, but we felt the experience was worth the full price. We will definitely mark our calendars to catch the fireworks and lighting ceremony after Thanksgiving next year.

Saturday was even busier with three events, starting with a visit to the fire station to meet Santa and drop off our donations. We also got a safety ID for our little guy. Our next stop was a family party on Glass St., which happens to be like a Christmas Lane as most houses are brightly decorated with Christmas lights and decorations. Then we went to the Bowl & Pitcher Area of the Riverside State Park, which has been transformed in a wonderland. There were bonfires for making smores, hayrides, carolers, and of course, Santa.

So even though it’s much warmer as we had very little snow unlike last year, we’re feeling the spirit of Christmas all around us.

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