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Enjoying the Palouse This Holiday Season

Enjoying the Palouse This Holiday Season

We are fortunate to live in an area that not only features picture-perfect holiday weather (Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow…) but also offers an incredible amount of activities – both outdoor and in - the stuff traditional family values are made of.

Get These Family-Friendly Holiday Activities on your Calendar

Here is just a sampling of the area’s holiday offerings this season:

Moscow Winter Carnival, November 30

Bundle the family up and head to Friendship Square in Moscow Idaho for the annual Moscow Winter Carnival.

Santa arrives at Gritman at 4:00 and is available to hear your kids’ holiday wishes - as well as sit for a photo op - until 5:15. At the same time, Poet Laureate Susan Hodgin will read some of her work. The family can enjoy a “Whoville Hairdo” at Wack-a-Doos (by donation) between 4:00 and 6:00 - after which your night can only be more fun.

The Palouse Choral Carolers will sing right on up to the traditional Tree Lighting at 6:00 p.m., followed by the Holiday Light Up the Night parade.

Support Your Local Theaters, November 30 – December 1

There are several great plays being performed this year – some for adults (date night, anyone?!?) and some for the whole family. Two of them are:

Gift of the Magi

Gift of the Magi is being performed at the Forge Theater. Shows run weekends from Nov. 30 – Dec. 8. Click the above link for show times and ticket prices.

A Midwinter’s Night Dream

Bring the kids and enjoy this family-oriented play, also performed by U. of Idaho. A Midwinter’s Night Dream is a holiday-inspired version of Shakespeare’s classic, performed at the Hartung Theater. The show runs on the weekends, from Nov. 30 – December 9.

 St. John Winterfest, December 1

Didn’t get enough of the trees, lights and festivities at the Moscow Winter Carnival? You can do it all again the next night at the St. John Winterfest. This all-day event kicks off with a Craft Faire at 10:00 a.m. at the St. John Fire Station, and the entire downtown area gets involved. Don’t worry about lunch since you can pick up great food just about anywhere you are that day. Make sure to hit the museum, the Ugly Sweater Contest, Egg Toss and all kinds of holiday-themed kids crafts.

Community Christmas Concert Event, December 2

The Community Christmas Concert takes place each year at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Moscow, Id. It’s a packed house every year. This year the concert begins at 7:00 and features everything from a harpist and bell choir to a Barber Shop Quartet.

Festival of the Trees – All December Long

The Colfax Library hosts the Festival of the Trees & Art throughout December. Holiday trees are decorated by individuals and groups in the community, each one with its own, unique theme. They stand amidst displays of gorgeous winter-inspired art and photography.

On December 20th, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., you can attend the community-wide open house and reception where you can participate in the raffle and hear the winning trees announced.

Christina Clark’s Annual Christmas Extravaganza, December 9

Extravaganza is right! This amazing event takes place in Lewiston, ID at the NPC Fairgrounds. It’s the brainchild of a full-time working mom who wanted to create a community-building event that was affordable – for both attendees and vendors.

The Christina Clark Christmas Extravaganza is the result – and at only $4 to get in ($3 if you bring cans of food to donate), it’s easy for families to attend without breaking the holiday gift budget.

This is only a brief sampler of all there is to enjoy around the Palouse this holiday season. Visit for more information. Keep an eye out because you’re bound to see some of the Palouse Specialty Physicians team milling about at these and other fun, holiday-rich events.


Published on November 19, 2018