Santa Express

New Location

We have moved our location in the Crescent Building (707 West Main Street in downtown Spokane).  This year we are on the main street level of the building.  Walk straight in off Main Street; we are located to the right of the escalators.

In the News

Read our recent article in the Spokesman Review


Santa Express will be open from Wednesday, November 23rd through Friday, December 23rd.   

The store hours for shoppers are:

  • Monday-Friday: 11 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.*
  • Saturdays: 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Sundays: 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

 *Please note, on Black Friday (11/25) we will open at 10 a.m.

About Santa Express

Santa Express is a holiday retail store for all kids in our community, many of whom make this shopping experience part of their Holiday tradition. The proceeds from the store benefit the Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery, a safe shelter for kids who are in crisis situations. Santa Express operates during the holiday season between November 23rd and December 23rd. The store is open to young shoppers between the ages of 4 and 12, with gifts ranging in price from only $.50 to $8.00.

Over 950 Santa “Elf” volunteers are on hand throughout the month to help the children shop and wrap their gifts, while the “grownups” shop in the front of the store called “Vanessa’s Village”, a boutique of specialty items perfect for stocking stuffers or gifts for family, friends or secret Santas.  Shop early for the best selection!

Nearly 4,000 adults and kids shop at Santa Express. Since the inception of Santa Express in 1992, the store has raised over $1,000,000 for the Crisis Nursery. The success of this fundraising is due in part to hundreds of volunteers who give generously of their time and talent to make Santa Express a magical wonderland for children of all ages. The goals of Santa Express are to:

  • Raise funds to support the services of Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery.
  • Help teach children about the gift of giving, both to those they know and love and to those who are less fortunate.
  • Help educate volunteers, shoppers and the general public about the work of the Crisis Nursery.

Vanessa's Village

Vanessa’s Village, located inside Santa Express, welcomes shoppers of all ages. Vanessa’s Village is a boutique of specialty items perfect for stocking stuffers or gifts for family, friends or secret Santas.

100% of the proceeds from the store benefit the Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery, a safe shelter for kids who are at risk of neglect or abuse. Since the inception of Santa Express in 1992, Santa Express has raised more than $1,000,000 for the Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery.

Shop early for the best selection!

Proceeds To The Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery

By supporting Santa Express you are supporting the Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery's vision to provide immediate refuge for children and support to strengthen families.  To date the Nursery has cared for approximately 90,000 children and been a lifeline of support and hope to every single parent.

The Nursery is 100% privately funded and the impact is completely funded by the support and generosity of committed sponsors and volunteers who believe that keeping kids safe and strengthening family’s results in a more vibrant community for everyone.  Santa Express & Vanessa's Village provides 100% of all proceeds to the Nursery, so being a part of this great fundraiser is making a direct impact on their success, Thank You!

Chavez For Charity

We are working with Chavez for Charity through their 11th Bracelet Project to help raise money for the Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery.  For each bracelet sold 125% of the profit will go to the crisis nursery.  Chavez for Charity gives back 25% for every purchase and Santa Express & Vanessa's Village give 100% back to the Nursery.


Santa Express Needs your help!!! This very important fundraiser is only successful with generous volunteers like yourselves. Please look at your calendars and find a day/time where you can help us out. We only have a few short weeks to raise this money for Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery, from Nov 23rd through Dec 23rd to help the children in Spokane County stay free from neglect and abuse. Please help on the link and select a slot(s), its that easy.

Thank you for the consideration!! I hope to see you down at the store soon. It looks fabulous and the kids will be rolling in soon. They really want to see their favorite elves, so come on down and help support this great cause.

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