Season's Sights and Sounds: Holiday Guide 2018

Whether you enjoy it or not, get ready, because for the next four weeks, holiday movies, music, commercials and TV specials are going to be everywhere. None of us can completely avoid it — unless you don't ever leave the house like some shut-in Scrooge — so why not embrace it?

Whether inspired by secular pop culture trends or spiritual traditions dating back centuries, musical and cinematic homages to winter holidays — Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, whatever your seasonal celebration is — play a pretty big role in our memories and family traditions. So for this year's Holiday Guide, Inlander staff thought about their own favorite — and often embarrassing — holiday songs, albums and movies. Sure, they're examples of holiday commercialization at its finest, but these recollections are also heartwarming, funny and sincere moments we're sure many others can relate to on some level, too.

Inside, you'll also find many opportunities around the Inland Northwest to hear lots more holiday music, see some festive films and enjoy other local traditions, from stunning light displays to winter food feasts. Be merry!

A half-dozen events celebrating the holiday season's most delicious moments
Christmas concerts from country to Celtic, and then some
Don't miss these six holiday traditions of the Inland Northwest
Seven holiday-themed stage shows that carry the spirit of the season
Six events that have nothing to do with Santa, elves, gifts or trees
The year might be ending, but the season for making art and sharing it is just beginning

'The Soul Felt Its Worth'
A Playlist for Later
'Hold me Closer, Tiny Santa'
Christmas Collaboration
Christmas Crooners
Leg Lamps and Laughs
Reality Check
Wall of Sound for Scrooges

Car d'Lane @ Downtown Coeur d'Alene

Fri., June 18 and Sat., June 19
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About The Author

Chey Scott

Chey Scott is the Inlander's food and listings editor. She compiles the weekly events calendar for the print and online editions of the Inlander, manages and edits the food section, and also writes about local arts and culture. Chey (pronounced Shay) is a lifelong Spokanite and a graduate of Washington State University...