Things to Do: December 2-8, 2019

Here are some things to do around the Tri-Cities WA region the week of December 2-8, 2019:

  • Bikes for Tikes – December 6
  • Richland’s Winter Wonderland – December 6 & 7
  • Lighted Boat Parade – December 6 & 7
  • Columbia Basin Jazz Orchestra: A Big Band Christmas! – December 6 & 7
  • Walla Walla Valley Holiday Barrel Tasting Weekend – December 6-8
  • Home for the Holidays – December 6-8
  • Academy of Children’s Theatre presents Junie B. Jones: Jingle Bells Batman Smells – December 6-8
  • Theatre… Not A Dying Art presents “It’s A Wonderful Life” – December 6-8
  • Forte! Christmas Concert: A Not So Silent Night – December 6, 7 & 9
  • First Saturday Bird Walk: Bateman Island – December 7
  • Historic Kennewick Hometown Holiday- December 7
  • Annual Holiday Market at Purple Star Winery – December 7
  • Alternative Gift Fair – December 7
  • Santa Saturdays – December 7
  • Pasco’s Winter Fest – December 7
  • Bells of the Desert Concert: Oh What Fun – December 7
  • Tri-Cities Columbia Chorale: We Need A Little Christmas – December 7
  • SantaCon 2019 Pub Crawl – December7
  • Tri-Cities Steel Band Association: 24th Annual Christmas Extravaganza – December 7
  • Annual Sunnyside Lighted Farm Implement Parade – December 7
  • Toy Train Christmas (Toppenish) – December 7 & 8
  • Holidays in the Heart of Washington Wine Country through December 16
  • Senske Holiday Light Show through December 31
  • Holiday Bazaars 2019
  • Art Exhibits
  • Nightlife Music
  • The REACH Museum
  • Bechtel National Planetarium Shows
  • LIGO Public Tours
  • Tri-Cities Washington Guide Website
  • Submit Your Community Event

Bikes for Tikes – December 6


Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennwick
From 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Need volunteers – please sign up!

10,000 Bikes & helmets in over 10 years. Please join us for another great bike build day! With the help of students & community volunteers we are able to build these bikes in one day. Hosted by Bikes for Tikes!

Building bikes for the kids in the Tri-Cities and surrounding communities is an annual tradition here at Local Union 598. With all the support we receive from organizations and donations, we are able to improve the lives of thousands of children during the holiday season.
Info & Registration: https://www.598bikesfortikes.com/optin

Richland’s Winter Wonderland – December 6 & 7


John Dam Plaza in Richland
Starts at 5:00 p.m.
Free family fun

Join us in Richland for our annual “Winter Wonderland Festival of Lights” extravaganza. This free, month-long showcase has quickly become the local holiday destination of the season! Experience the magic of the holidays with your friends, neighbors and loved ones. Enjoy hot cocoa, musical entertainment, kettle corn, train rides, a visit from Santa and his reindeer. and much more!

Festivities kick-off Friday, December 6, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. with the official countdown and lighting of the HAPO Community Stage and John Dam Plaza. The stage, trees and park will be lit with thousands of dancing lights set to a soundtrack of your favorite holiday tunes.
Future dates: December 13, 14, 20 & 21 at 5:30 p.m.
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/539397976891572/

Lighted Boat Parade – December 6 & 7

Update: the boat parade will follow a new route! Instead of sticking to the Benton County side of the river as the boats have in recent years, they’ll travel down the Pasco side of the river starting near Bateman Island in Richland.

The change will give people on that side of the river a closer look at the decorated boats.

See update above – The lighted boat parade starts each night at 6 p.m. under the Cable Bridge at Clover Island in Kennewick and travels up river on the Kennewick side along Columbia Park. Around 7:30 p.m., the parade turns around at the far end of Howard Amon Park in Richland and travels back down river on the same course.

The parade arrives back at Clover Island and makes an additional loop for everyone on the island before heading back into the Clover Island Marina at around 9 p.m.
Info: http://www.lightedboatparade.com/

Columbia Basin Jazz Orchestra: A Big Band Christmas! – December 6 & 7


CBC Theatre, 2600 N 20th Ave. in Pasco
Starts at 7:30 p.m. both evenings
Admission: $25 general admission / $20 students and seniors – tickets will be available at the door

Hear the roaring sound of the Columbia Basin Jazz Orchestra, directed by Randy Hubbs. This year’s show will feature Duke Ellington’s iconic arrangement of The Nutcracker Suite. Come ready for an evening of spectacular jazz and Christmas favorites!
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/429433814436047/?event_time_id=429433821102713

Walla Walla Valley Holiday Barrel Tasting Weekend – December 6-8

Amidst the festive atmosphere of the season, winemakers and cellar staff provide samples of future releases straight from the wine barrel. Come join us as we launch into the holiday season with food, wine, art, music and much more. Keep the festivities going by taking home some of the Walla Walla Valley’s celebrated wines to share with your loved ones over the holiday season.
Info: https://www.wallawallawine.com/event/holiday-barrel/

Home for the Holidays – December 6-8


HAPO Center, 6600 Burden Blvd. in Pasco
Friday from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sunday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Free Admission

The holiday season is here… How will you ever get it all done? Christmas shopping to do, donating to charity, taking the kids to see Santa… The Home for the Holidays is your one stop – shop, drop and donate event!

You can drop off all those 2nd Harvest donations, the coats you cleaned out of the closet for KNDU’s Coats for Kids, and toys you gathered for Toyta of the Tri-Cities Toys for Tots. And new this year you can give the Gift of Life with the American Red Cross blood drive on Saturday December 7th from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. (please register at https://www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/drive-results?zipSponsor=home4theholidays)
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2450849718569914/

Academy of Children’s Theatre presents Junie B. Jones: Jingle Bells Batman Smells – December 6-8


Academy of Children’s Theatre, 213 Wellsian Way in Richland
Friday at 7:00 pm, Saturday & Sunday at 3:00 p.m.
Tickets: Children (12 & Under) – $10.00, Students (13-18)/ Seniors (65+)/ Military – $13.00, Adults – $16.00

Plot Summary Junie B. Jones: Jingle Bells, Batman Smells! –
Junie B. Jones, First-Grader, is super-excited about the upcoming Holiday Sing-Along and Secret Santa gift exchange at her school. Too bad tattletale May keeps ruining all of Junie B.’s fun. So when Junie B. draws May’s name for Secret Santa, she comes up with the perfect plan to teach her nemesis a lesson! But will the Christmas spirit of peace and goodwill interfere before she can give you-know-who what she deserves? A hilarious and endearing tale based on the best-selling book series by Barbara Park.
Future dates: December 13 & 14 at 7 p.m., December 14 & 15 at 3 p.m.
Info & Tickets: https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?ticketing=aoct

Theatre… Not A Dying Art presents “It’s A Wonderful Life” – December 6-8


Events at Sunset, 915 By Pass Hwy in Richland
Friday & Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m.
Tickets: $20 adults, $15 students and seniors

Theatre… Not A Dying Art is a new non-profit theatre group in the Tri-Cities. Their holiday production of “It’s A Wonderful Life” is a retelling of the 1946 movie into a 100-minute live radio play.
Future dates: December 13 & 14 at 7:30 p.m. and December 15 at 2 p.m.
Info & Tickets: https://www.theatrenada.com/

Forte! Christmas Concert: A Not So Silent Night – December 6, 7 & 9


Chief Joseph Middle School, 504 Wilson St. in Richland
Starts at 7 p.m. each evening
Tickets: $10-15

Forte Tri-Cities Youth Choir invites you to come and celebrate with our favorite sounds of the season, Music! Excited shouts of Santa, tales of falling snow, and the joyful refrain of the precious baby born in Bethlehem will combine together to create an unforgettable evening of entertainment.
Tickets: https://yourtcyc.tix.com/Schedule.aspx?OrgNum=4392
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/556672381747747/

First Saturday Bird Walk: Bateman Island – December 7


Hosted by Lower Columbia Basin Audubon Society –

This is our monthly bird walk on Bateman Island. Please meet a little before 8 a.m. at the Wye Park above the causeway, the park is on Columbia Park trail in Richland. We have binoculars to loan and welcome birders of all levels. Expect the walk to last 2 to 3 hours. We should see wintering waterfowl, eagles and a variety of gulls!
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/567826957300665/

Historic Kennewick Hometown Holiday- December 7


Historic Downtown Kennewick
From 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Free family fun

Welcome Santa to Kennewick on December 7th with an old fashioned parade and Christmas festivities!

Come for the parade, stay for the day! Shops and Claus Plaza opens at 10 a.m., Santa’s Parade starts at 10:30 a.m., and activities and entertainment last until 1 p.m. Claus Plaza, at the corner of Kennewick Ave. and Benton Ave., is the headquarters of our enchanted winter wonderland.

* Parade kicks off at 10:30 a.m. (Kennewick Ave between Dayton and Auburn streets)
* Selfies with Santa and Mrs Claus 11:30 a.m – 1 p.m
* Letters to Santa writing and memory making
* Local merchants throughout downtown offer holiday specials and treats.
* More activities will be occurring in downtown businesses throughout the day
Info: https://www.go2kennewick.com/1160/Numerica-Hometown-Holiday

Annual Holiday Market at Purple Star Winery – December 7


Purple Star Winery, 56504 N East Roza Rd. in Benton City
From 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Free to attend

Join us Saturday December 7th for our annual indoor Holiday Market. Sip wine while browsing dozens of local artisans for the perfect holiday gifts.
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/478134842827536/

Alternative Gift Fair – December 7


Community Unitarian Universalist Church, 2819 W. Sylvester St. in Pasco
From Noon – 4 p.m.
Free to attend

Each year the Community Unitarian Universalist Church sponsors an Alternative Gift Fair on the first Saturday in December. At the Alternative Gift Fair, you can donate to participating local, national, and international non-profit organizations. You may then choose hand-lettered holiday cards featuring local artists describing the gifts you have made in the names of your friends and family. These can be presented as “alternative gifts” on Christmas.

In the 12 years ending December 2018, The Alternative Gift Fair raised over $200,000 for local & national charities.
Info: https://www.communityuu.org/special-events/agf/

Santa Saturdays – December 7


Columbia Sun Event Center, 103907 Wiser Parkway in Kennewick
From 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Free admission – please bring non-perishable food item for our food bank benefiting Tri-City Union Gospel Mission!

Columbia Sun RV Resort is bringing back Santa Saturdays! Santa will be available for photos, and the elves will be serving hot chocolate, apple cider and cookies. Enjoy a freshly picked cane from our Candy Cane Farm! Make an ornament to take home with you.
Future dates: December 14 & 21 from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/632376717301300/

Pasco’s Winter Fest – December 7


Volunteer Park, 1125 N 4th Ave. in Pasco
From 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Free family fun

Pasco’s Winter Fest is our winter extravaganza. We will host a wide variety of Free fun activities and entertainment for the whole family. Come join us for food and retail vendors, kid’s games, crafts, music and meet Santa! Finish off the evening with our annual Christmas tree lighting; all in Volunteer Park!
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/734987680261182/

Bells of the Desert Concert: Oh What Fun – December 7


Richland Baptist Church, 1632 George Washington Way in Richland
Times: 2 p.m. & 7 p.m.
Admission: $10 donation suggested

You are invited to join Bells of the Desert for our winter concert “Oh What Fun.” We will perform a matinee concert at 2:00 p.m. and an evening concert at 7:00 p.m. We will also be performing again on January 4.
Info: https://bellsofthedesert.org/

Tri-Cities Columbia Chorale: We Need A Little Christmas – December 7


Kennewick First Presbyterian Church, 2001 Kennewick Ave. in Kennewick
Starts at 3 p.m.
Free to attend, donations gladly accepted.

Our next concert will be December 7 at 3 p.m. at Kennewick First Presbyterian Church on Kennewick Avenue.

For over 50 years, the Tri-Cities Columbia Chorale has been entertaining audiences of all ages in the Washington State Mid Columbia region with beautiful and entertaining music. The chorale is made up of members of all ages and skill levels from the local area.
Info: http://www.columbiachorale.net/events.html

SantaCon 2019 Pub Crawl – December 7


Sports Page Bar, 6 S Cascade St. in Downtown Kennewick
From 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Tickets: $10 per person, must be 21+

Calling all Santas, Mrs. Claus, Reindeer, Snowmen and Snowwomen, Elves and anyone else who is decked out in obnoxious holiday attire! Get ready to hit downtown Kennewick to spread a little holiday cheer and merriment all for a great cause! Tickets are $10 and we ask you bring one nonperishable food item to donate!

The day of the event you will get you a mug at the bar you signed up at and a beer at the following bars on the Pub Crawl: Sports Page, Parkade, Players & Branding Iron! Don’t miss out on this fun event! Get signed up today at any of the participating bars.
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/448442342527824/

Tri-Cities Steel Band Association: 24th Annual Christmas Extravaganza – December 7


Bethel Church, 600 Shockley Rd. in Richland
From 5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Tickets: $8 – purchase online

It’s our 24th Annual Christmas Extravaganza – an evening filled with merry music-making, bountiful baked goods, and a staggering selection of silent auction items! Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; music begins at 6:30. Don’t miss this amazing, family-friendly event, and support one of your favorite non-profits at the same time! Dancing in the aisles is encouraged.
Info & Tickets: https://www.tcsba.org/

Annual Sunnyside Lighted Farm Implement Parade – December 7


Centennial Square, 525 E. Edison Ave. in Sunnyside
From 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Free to attend

The Lighted Farm Implement Parade, which happens to be the oldest farm implement parade in the nation, pays unique tribute to Sunnyside’s agricultural heritage. Featuring dozens of tractors, combines and antique farm equipment, each piece is uniquely decorated with thousands of twinkling Christmas lights!

The newest addition to the weekend is the 2-4 p.m. Downtown Christmas Market including local dance groups, pictures with Queen Elsa & Princess Anna, vendors and live musical performance by the American Honey Band on Saturday at Centennial Square. Parade begins at 6:30 p.m. and will follow route west along Edison Street to Warehouse Ave.
Info: http://lightedfarmparade.com/

Toy Train Christmas (Toppenish) – December 7 & 8


Northern Pacific Railway Museum, 10 Asotin Ave. in Toppenish
Admission: $8 for adults and $5 for kids 12 and under

Toy Train Christmas is intended to bring back the days of old when toy trains were common around the Christmas tree. Using this theme we have set up over 40 model trains from Z scale to the real thing, a train that transports kids of all ages to see Santa Claus.

There are many hands on activities for the kids including crafts projects and toy trains designed for younger children to operate. The short caboose ride from the depot to the “North Pole” to see Santa is a child’s delight at any age. Incidentally one passenger on record has believed in Santa for 102 years. Hot chocolate and cookies are on the house courtesy of Santa.
Future dates: December 14 & 15, and 21 & 22
Info: https://nprymuseum.org/toy-train-christmas/

Holidays in the Heart of Washington Wine Country through December 16


Featuring multiple wineries around the Tri-Cities WA region…

We hope to make your holiday season a little brighter, merrier and cheerier this year with Holidays in the Heart of Washington Wine Country! This is a free program featuring 24 wineries in the Tri-Cities region. Visit four (4) or more participating wineries for a chance to win a $600 VISA gift card, just in time for the holidays!

Passports may be picked up at any participating winery. Your passport must be stamped/signed by at least four (4) participating wineries to qualify for one (1) entry into the drawing for the $600 VISA Gift Card.
For more information, including the list of participating wineries, visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/434453887252851/?event_time_id=434453890586184

Senske Holiday Light Show through December 31


Senske Services, 400 N Quay in Kennewick
Nightly from 5 p.m. – 11:30 pm.
Cost: free but donations are being collected for 2nd Harvest

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.

Senske partners with 2nd Harvest to raise awareness and accept non-perishable food and cash donations for those in need. Dutch Bros. Coffee and Between the Buns will be on hand providing hot food and drinks with proceeds going to 2nd Harvest. Photos with Santa are available with every donation.

Note: the light show will run nightly during December. Tune your radio to 90.3 FM.
Info: http://www.senske.com/holiday-lights/annual-light-show/

Holiday Bazaars 2019


The staff at Tri-Cities Business News has compiled a list of holiday bazaars around the Tri-Cities that are taking place in November and December. For more information, visit: https://www.tricitiesbusinessnews.com/2019/10/bazaars-2019/

Art Exhibits

Gallery Aglow – through December 28

Gallery at the Park, 89 Lee Blvd. in Richland
Hours:
Mondays: Closed
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. – 5:00 p.m.
Free and open to the public

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

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.
Info: https://www.galleryatthepark.org/

DrewBoy Creative: Beyond the Walls of Perception Part One – David V35 Solo Art Show – through the end of the year

Confluent Space, 285 Williams Blvd. in Richland
Hours: Wednesday & Thursday 5-8 p.m, Friday & Saturday 12-8 p.m., Sunday 12-5 p.m.
Free to attend

We are proud to host David Vasquez’s solo show at Confluent Space Tri Cities. David is one of the most talented artist in the region. You will not want to miss this show! The art is for mature (i.e. PG-13) audiences.
Info: https://www.facebook.com/drewboycreative/

Art & Music Festivals – Performing & Visual Art
For more information about non-profit performing & visual art associations and organizations in the Tri-Cities region, visit: https://tri-citiesguide.org/arts.htm.

Nightlife Music


For a list of nightlife music events around the Tri-Cities including happy hours, food, beer & wine, visit Tri-City VIBE!
Info: http://tricityvibe.com and https://www.facebook.com/vibetricities

Bands, Musicians, Venues and Live Music
For more information on bands, musicians, venues, and live music in the Tri-Cities, visit: https://tri-citiesguide.org/music.htm.

The Reach Museum


1943 Columbia Park Trail in Richland
Sunday & Monday – closed
Tuesday-Saturday from 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (no new admissions after 4 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.
Info: https://www.visitthereach.org and https://www.facebook.com/reachmuseum/

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: https://tri-citiesguide.org/history.htm.

Bechtel National Planetarium Shows


Columbia Basin College, 2600 N. 20th Ave. (Bldg D), in Pasco
Admission (single feature/double feature): $8/$13 adults, $7/$11 seniors, $5/$8 ages 6-12, free 5 and under (purchase tickets online or at the door)

Showing this week (Note: all showings are free to attend December 6 & 7)
– December 6: Bad Astronomy: Myths and Misconceptions at 7 p.m. and Supervolcanoes at 8 p.m.
– December 7: Kaluoka’hina: The Enchanted Reef at 2:00 p.m. and The Little Star That Could at 3:00 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.
Info & Tickets: https://cbcplanetarium.tix.com/Schedule.aspx?OrgNum=4311 and https://www.facebook.com/CBCPlanetarium/

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.
Info: https://www.ligo.caltech.edu/WA

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: https://tri-citiesguide.org.

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