20 Things To Do At Northern Quest Before 2020

An advent calendar of Northern Quest traditions to get you through the holidays, plus a bonus to start your New Year off on the right foot.

By Jessica Maiers

I have a very Type-A personality confession: I love lists. Every season, I get together with my best friend and make a list of every seasonal activity we don’t want to miss, like floating the river in the peak of summer or carving pumpkins on a cozy fall evening. That’s why I couldn’t wait to share my guide (I wrote it in August) on how to have the best winter season. With plenty of holiday happenings and family activities going on until we countdown to midnight in 2020, Northern Quest is THE place to spend the holidays this year.

1. Play for your chance to win big in the $15,000 Gift Tree Giveaway
November 8-December 31
Check out our six themed Christmas trees displayed in the lobby near Windfall. Camas Club members can choose their favorite, then enter to win all the gifts associated with it – valued at $2,500 per tree! Consider it as winning a Christmas bonus.


2. Grab your friends for Working Women’s Wednesday
Wednesday’s through April 2020, 5-7pm
Take a weekly timeout from the hectic holiday planning and gather once a week while 92.9 ZZU’s Molly Allen hosts an evening of prizes, vendors, appetizers and drink specials. For a full schedule and locations, visit here.


3. Celebrate Friendsgiving in Riverbank Taphouse
November 15, 3-11pm
Drop in and come together for a Friendsgiving special pour night, featuring a curated feast in collaboration with local favorites, Hidden Mother Brewery, Thomas Hammer and Spiceology. In the spirit of giving, $1 from each beer and menu item sold will be donated to Feed Spokane.

4. Attend La Rive Spa’s annual Spa-lidays event
November 17 from 4:30-7pm
Every year, La Rive Spa hosts a social extravaganza in support of Project Beauty Share. Each ticket includes a donation to the local charity, hors d’oeuvres, wine and champagne, 20% off all products purchased and services booked that night, plus a chance to win fabulous prizes.


5. Drink and be merry with a holiday cocktail
Check out the seasonal drink specials on the casino floor featuring all the tastes of the season for $6.25. My favorite is the Spiced White Russian!


6. Tap the keg at the Goose Island Bourbon County Release Party
November 25, 6-8pm
Goose Island’s Bourbon County Brand Stout is back in Riverbank Taphouse. Drop in for $7 flights of these specialty brews, available once a year in limited quantities.


7. Eat your way through the Thanksgiving Buffet in River’s Edge Buffet
November 28, 9am-8pm
Leave the dishes and the hosting duties to the Team Members at River’s Edge Buffet while you enjoy a feast of Thanksgiving classics (turkey, mashed potatoes, and pumpkin pie), plus fresh seafood and a dessert bar to drool over. Don’t forget your stretchy pants!

8. Catch the watch party in EPIC
November 29, 1pm
My favorite part about Thanksgiving weekend is cheering on WSU with a plate of nachos and a Bloody Mary. Reserve your seat by calling EPIC at 509.481.2122. Go Cougs!


9. Shop the Black Friday sales in Windfall
November 29, 10am-10pm
This Black Friday, you can sleep in, enjoy complimentary parking and then hit up Windfall for everyone on your list in one location. Seriously, Windfall carries home goods, outdoor gear, clothing, fine jewelry and more. On top of that, Camas Club members can earn points and comps on all of their purchases. Oh, and don’t forget that Kids Quest and Cyber Quest are right next door if you want them to entertain your kids while you shop.

10. Wake up with a seasonal latte from our Thomas Hammer locations
Whether your flavor is pumpkin spice, caramel apple or candy cane, you can’t go wrong with Christmas in a 16oz. cup from a local coffee roaster, located in our Marketplace and right off the casino floor near Windfall.


11. Relax with a Candy Cane Champagne Dream Pedicure in La Rive Spa
9am-7pm daily through December
Who says you need to wait until summer for a pedicure? Schedule some time for yourself during the hubbub of the holidays with a service in the spa, featuring Farm House Fresh products. Take full advantage of the complimentary amenities (a glass of champagne, the whirlpool or the experiential showers) and then pick yourself up a pair of super soft UGG slippers from the Spa Boutique on your way out the door. Don’t forget, Camas Club members can take an additional $10 off their pedicure in December. Book your service online here.


12. Skip your morning meeting to shop the Cyber Monday Sale
December 2, midnight - midnight on December 3
Arguably the best deal you’ll find across the internet on hotel rooms, Northern Quest RV Resort spaces, and spa services at La Rive Spa. Set your alarm – these rooms book up fast!


13. Enjoy a cozy wine dinner with friends in Masselow’s Steakhouse
December 5, 6pm
Chef Tanya is teaming up with Long Shadows Vinters Winery for an indulgent dinner with each of the six courses paired with wines from the esteemed Walla Walla winery. Call 509.481.6020 to make your reservations.

14. Build a gingerbread house in support of Christ Kitchen
December 8, 10am-4pm
Northern Quest will host Spokane’s annual Gingerbread Build-Off, where local chefs compete to build the most creative gingerbread house. Bring the kids so they can build their own, too. All proceeds from this family-friendly event go to support Christ Kitchen, a local charity that provides community and life skills for low-income women.

15. Take a selfie in front of the holiday decorations
We go pretty bold around here with over-the-top decorations that are literally larger than life. Snap a few photos and share with #MerryQuestmas for a chance to get featured on our social media channels!


16. Attend the Black & White Party in Legends of Fire
December 10, 6-10pm
The annual cigar and dinner event is back with a three-course dinner, featured cigars, live music, and special box pricing. Dress your best in black or white attire and light one up!

17. Celebrate Riverbank Taphouse’s one-year anniversary
December 10, 6:30-9:30pm
Forget paper as the traditional one-year anniversary gift because Riverbank Taphouse is celebrating its Beer-thday with a tap takeover from featured brewers, including One Tree Hard Cider and their limited edition glittery Snowglobe cider. Cheers!


18. Catch a new release in M&D
Unwind with a block buster or holiday flick while enjoying a meal and a drink (hot toddy, anyone?) from the comfort of your plush theater seat. P.S. Be sure to take advantage of their $6 movies on Tuesdays!

19. Ring in the new year with The Bootie Shakers in the Pend Oreille Pavilion
December 31, 8pm
Get your groove on this New Year’s Eve with party favors and 70’s jams from The Bootie Shakers and a champagne toast at midnight.


20. Or go full Gatsby at the roaring 20s New Year’s Eve party in Riverbank Taphouse
December 31, 8pm-1am
Raise a toast at this 1920s themed party to countdown to 2020. Dress up in art deco garb and skip the $5 cover!


BONUS: Grab an epic breakfast in EPIC
January 1, Doors open at 7am
Start your New Year’s Resolution on January 2 and get yourself into EPIC on New Year’s Day for the perfect hangover cure: a breakfast sandwich and a Bloody Mary for $15.

Now, Q the Music!