Things to Do: December 17-23, 2018

Here are some things to do around the Tri-Cities WA region the week of December 17-23, 2018:

  • Living Nativity – December 19-23
  • The Rude Mechanicals: A Christmas Carol – December 20
  • Movie: “The Polar Express” – December 21
  • Tri-City Figure Skating Club: Winter Showcase – December 21
  • Lexi Walker in Concert: “The Magic of Christmas” – December 21
  • Star of Bethlehem Presentation – December 22 & 23
  • Christmas Carol Lane – through December
  • Senske Holiday Light Show – through December
  • Richland’s Winter Wonderland – through January 2
  • Trivial Pursuit®: A 50-State Adventure through January 12
  • Art Exhibits
  • Nightlife Music
  • The REACH Museum
  • Bechtel National Planetarium Shows
  • LIGO Public Tours
  • Tri-Cities Washington Guide Website
  • Submit Your Community Event

Living Nativity – December 19-23

Hillspring Church, 1153 Gage Blvd. in Richland
Wednesday & Thursday – 6:00 & 7:00 p.m.
Friday, Saturday & Sunday – 6:00, 7:00, & 8:15 p.m.
Tickets: $10 adult (13+), $5 child (5-12 years old), under 5 free (still requires a ticket)

The song of hope that came as a babe in the manger transformed that shepherd’s life, as it can yours. Experience the Living Nativity at our traditional telling of the Christmas story, with performances in December 2018.

The local cast features Mary, Joseph, Baby Jesus, angels, Roman soldiers, majestic kings, and shepherd families. Live animals — including camels, sheep, cows, horses, and donkeys — help tell the story. The Living Nativity journey begins inside the church, but be prepared to bundle up as the Christmas story concludes dramatically outside around the manger.
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The Rude Mechanicals: A Christmas Carol – December 20

The Uptown Theatre, 1300 Jadwin Ave. in Richland
From 7 – 9 p.m.
Suggested donation is $10.

Join The Rude Mechanicals for our second annual reader’s theatre production of A CHRISTMAS CAROL. This will be a family-friendly evening of storytelling, Christmas carols, winter treats, arts and crafts, and giving back to our community. We will also be collecting food for Second Harvest.

Movie: “The Polar Express” – December 21

Princess Theatre, 1228 Meade Ave. in Prosser
Showtimes: 2 p.m. & 6 p.m.
Free admission

Prosser PTA, Prosser Memorial Health, Prosser Thrive Coalition, and Molina Healthcare proudly present 2 FREE showings of “The Polar Express” at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Friday, December 21, 2018 at the Princess Theatre. Doors open no later than 30 minutes before the movie. Free Popcorn & Free Hot Beverages! Concessions will be open and available for additional purchase.

Tri-City Figure Skating Club: Winter Showcase – December 21

Toyota Arena in Kennewick
From 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Free to attend

Join us as we celebrate the season with club and guest skaters. Doors open at 6.30 p.m. No admission, no seat saving, come early and enjoy some preshow songs by Carmichael Middle School Choir. Hot Chocolate for sale and a chance to win a luxury gift basket.

Lexi Walker in Concert: “The Magic of Christmas” – December 21

Richland High School Auditorium, 930 Long Ave. in Richland
From 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Tickets: $25 – $45 (save 15% with promo code “MAGIC”)

Enjoy a night of family-friendly world class entertainment with singer and songwriter Lexi Walker! A portion of ticket sales will be donated to The Children’s Reading Foundation of the Mid-Columbia.
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Star of Bethlehem Presentation – December 22 & 23

Bechtel National Planetarium at Columbia Basin College, 2600 N 20th Ave. in Pasco
Saturday at 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Sunday at 6:30 p.m.
Free to attend

Murray Thorson and Dr. Kristy Henscheid will present “The Star of Bethlehem” – a 60-minute presentation using the planetarium dome to display the historical star events thought to cause the Wise Men to know Jesus was born and search for and find Him. Seating is limited and will be filled on a first come basis starting 30 minutes before show time. The presentation will be repeated on December 29 at 6:30 p.m.

Christmas Carol Lane – through December

Kennewick’s Concord Heights neighborhood becomes Christmas Carol Lane every December. When the sun sets, the lights go on along with Christmas carol boards. The tradition dates to the 1960s.

Christmas Carol Lane is between West 23rd and 26th Avenues and South Kent and Garfield streets, near Canyon View Elementary School in Kennewick. Enter at West 24th Street.
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Senske Holiday Light Show – through December

Senske Services, 400 N Quay in Kennewick
Nightly through December

The annual holiday light show at Senske headquarters is a proud tradition. They put up more than 500,000 holiday lights in an animated display open to the public. Lights are synced with music creating a beautiful melody of dancing holiday lighting.  Tune your radio to 90.3 FM.

Richland’s Winter Wonderland – through January 2

John Dam Plaza and Richland Community Center in Richland
Starts at 5:30 p.m.
Free family fun

Enjoy Winter Wonderland activities at John Dam Plaza the first three weekends in December as well as activities at the Richland Community Center all month long. In addition, the HAPO Festival of Lights will be on for all to enjoy every night until January 2nd from 5:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. each evening.

Trivial Pursuit®: A 50-State Adventure through January 12

East Benton County History Museum, 205 Keewaydin Dr. in Kennewick
Thursday – Saturday from 12 noon – 6 p.m. each week until January 12
Cost: $5

EBCHS (East Benton County Historical Society) and HIHO (Hands In Hands On) join forces to bring an exciting, traveling children’s museum exhibit to the Tri-Cities! This pretend trek across the U.S.A. features an activity for every state and the District of Columbia – ride a mule in the Grand Canyon, celebrate New Year’s Eve in Times Square, hit a home run at Fenway Park and guide your sled dog team on the Iditarod Trail, to name just a few!

More than 70 hands-on learning opportunities address key academic standards for school-age visitors and highlight our nation’s geography, history, music, pastimes and iconic tourist destinations. Hundreds of U.S. trivia questions at interactive game stations encourage a little friendly competition among trivia buffs of all ages. Photo murals feature of some America’s most beautiful and iconic destinations and lots of fun facts.

Trivial Pursuit®: A 50-State Adventure exhibit was created by the Betty Brinn Children’s Museum in collaboration with Hasbro, Inc. Trivial Pursuit® is a trademark of Hasbro and is used with permission. 1981, 2015 Hasbro, Pawtucket, RI 02861-1059 USA. All Rights Reserved.

Art Exhibits

Gallery Aglow – through December 30

Gallery at the Park, 89 Lee Blvd. in Richland
Tuesday – Friday 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Free and open to the public

Get all your holiday shopping done early at the Gallery at the Park in Richland! Throughout November and December, the gallery will be hosting the Allied Arts Association’s Gallery Aglow event.

Gallery Aglow has been an annual tradition for over 30 years, and each November, local and regional artists submit hundreds of works to the show. Stop by the Gallery at the Park to see beautiful decorations and to purchase unique, handmade gifts such as ceramics, glassware, jewelry, fiber art and metal work.

During this event, you can also buy wreaths, trees and other holiday décor. These items were all made by Allied Arts volunteers, and the proceeds go toward funding the Allied Arts Association, which in turn gives back to the community.

Fundraisers such as this allow the Allied Arts Association to continue providing scholarships and expanding programs like Beads Behind Bars and Art Connection. These programs play an important role in the community by making art education more accessible and allowing participants to explore their creativity and gain a greater sense of their own value.

Art & Music Festivals – Performing & Visual Art
For more information about non-profit performing & visual art associations and organizations in the Tri-Cities region, visit:

Nightlife Music

For a list of nightlife music events around the Tri-Cities including happy hours, food, beer & wine, visit Tri-City VIBE!
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Tri-Cities Jam/Open Mic Community
Looking for a place to try out a new song or just want to play and have no gig? The Tri-Cities Jam/Open Mic Community provides a listing of Open Mics and Jam Nights in the greater Tri-Cities area.

Tri-Cities Karaoke
For karaoke venues and a calendar of karaoke events in the Tri-Cities, check out:

Bands, Musicians, Venues and Live Music
For more information on bands, musicians, venues, and live music in the Tri-Cities, visit:

The Reach Museum

1943 Columbia Park Trail in Richland
Sunday & Monday – closed
Tuesday-Saturday from 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m..
Admission: $10 adults, $6 students/seniors, kids 5 and under free – annual memberships are also available for purchase

Museum exhibits at The REACH celebrate the natural, scientific and cultural history of the Tri-Cities area. You can find hands-on activities for families on Saturdays and other activities that take place each month. Check the REACH calendar. Also, space is available for club meetings and events for a nominal fee.
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Museums, Historical Societies, and History
For information about museums, historical societies, and history for Tri-Cities Washington and other nearby towns & cities in Southeast Washington and Northeast Oregon, visit:

Bechtel National Planetarium Shows

Columbia Basin College, 2600 N. 20th Ave. (Bldg D), in Pasco
Admission: $6 adults, $5 seniors; $3 ages 6-12, free 5 and under (purchase tickets online)

Showing this week:
– December 21: Secrets of the Sun at 7 p.m. and Stars of the Pharaohs at 8 p.m.
– December 22: My House Has Stars at 2 p.m. and The Little Star That Could at 3 p.m.

The Bechtel National Planetarium, located on the campus of Columbia Basin College in Pasco, provides life-like, high-definition images and sound using the most state-of-the-art projection system in the Pacific Northwest. The 36-foot panoramic viewing dome can simulate a 3-D effect.

A typical hour-long show includes a 20-30 minute live presentation and a 25-30 minute full-dome movie. Presentation topics may include solar system or constellation tours, what’s visible in the current night sky, and astronomy in the news.
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LIGO Public Tours

127124 N Rt. 10 in Richland

Come take a look at LIGO! On the second Saturday of every month we offer free public drop in tours that will give you an excellent look at our facility. Tours usually last about two hours. Tours work best for participants of middle school age and up, but all ages are welcome.

First Walking Tour: 1:30-2:45 p.m.
Auditorium Talk: 3:00 p.m.
Second Walking Tour: 3:30-4:45 p.m.

Tri-Cities Washington Guide Website

For activities to do around the Tri-Cities region including Farmers’ Markets, Outdoor Recreation, Wineries, Breweries, Performing Arts & Music, Social Clubs & Groups and more, visit the Tri-Cities Washington Guide website:

This guide has been described as “An Under-the-Hood Guide to Community Culture including Clubs, Annual Events, and Awesome Organizations.”

Submit Your Community Event

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