Things to Do: December 9-15, 2019

Here are some things to do around the Tri-Cities WA region the week of December 9-15, 2019:

  • Forte! Christmas Concert: A Not So Silent Night – December 9
  • Presentation: How does Carbon Capture Work? – December 10
  • Santa Claus is coming to KID! – December 11 & 12
  • Barrel Full of Money Auction & Wine Reception (Walla Walla) – December 12
  • Vibe Music Center: Twas the Night Before Christmas – December 12-14
  • A Celtic Christmas with Affiniti & Howard Crosby – December 13
  • Richland’s Winter Wonderland – December 13 & 14
  • Mid-Columbia Mastersingers: Noche de Paz: Lessons and Carols – December 13 & 14
  • Mid-Columbia Ballet: The Nutcracker – December 13-15
  • Academy of Children’s Theatre presents Junie B. Jones: Jingle Bells Batman Smells – December 13-15
  • Theatre… Not A Dying Art presents “It’s A Wonderful Life” – December 13-15
  • Benton City Winterfest – December 14
  • Santa Run 5k (Benton City) – December 14
  • Veteran Service Fair 2019 – December 14
  • Santa Saturdays – December 14
  • LIGO Public Tours – December 14
  • Tri-City Americans vs. Portland Winterhawks – December 14
  • Toy Train Christmas (Toppenish) – December 14 & 15
  • Opera on the Vine Holiday Concert – December 15
  • 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
  • Tri-Cities Washington Guide Website
  • Submit Your Community Event

Forte! Christmas Concert: A Not So Silent Night – December 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.

Presentation: How does Carbon Capture Work? – December 10

Mid-Columbia Library, 1620 S. Union St. in Kennewick
Starts at 7 p.m.
Free to attend

A presentation by Dave Heldebrant –

The world is undergoing a renewable energy revolution, though renewables cannot provide enough power for a fully carbon-free energy economy. The burning of fossil fuels will continue for the next two decades to meet our (still growing) energy demands, releasing gigatons of CO2 into the environment.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (ICPP) has concluded that the removal of 20 gigatons of CO2 per year from the atmosphere by the year 2050 will limit catastrophic warming by the year 2100. Carbon capture is a process that removes CO2 before or after a fuel is burned to make power.

This talk provides an overview of carbon capture, with an emphasis on the technical challenges, the energy burdens, equipment costs, and most importantly the scale of carbon capture infrastructure.

Santa Claus is coming to KID! – December 11 & 12

Kennewick Irrigation District Office, 2015 S. Ely Street in Kennewick
Wednesday from 2-4 p.m. and Thursday from 3-5 p.m.
Free to attend

Bring your camera (and your family) and take photos with the man in red himself! Santa may even have a small treat to give out to kids (while supplies last)!

Barrel Full of Money Auction & Wine Reception (Walla Walla) – December 12

Dunham Cellars, 150 E. Boeing Ave. in Walla Walla
From 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Tickets: $60

Help us raise a Barrel Full of Money for the Blue Mountain Action Council Food Bank! Join us on Thursday, December 12 for an auction and wine reception at Dunham Cellars in Walla Walla.

Bid on special wines, dining experiences and more during our silent auction, sip on award-winning wines courtesy of Dunham Cellars and indulge in appetizers from TMACS while listening to live music from the talented Rogue Lobster.

All proceeds will go directly to Blue Mountain Action Council’s Food Bank. With each dollar raised, BMAC can provide $6 in food assistance to those in need. Thank you for making a difference!
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Vibe Music Center: Twas the Night Before Christmas – December 12-14

VIBE Music and Performing Arts Center, 731 N Columbia Center Blvd Suite 110B in Kennewick
Thursday & Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 1 p.m.
Tickets: Adults $10, Students 6-17 & Seniors $8, 5 and under free

“It’s four days before Christmas, and the New York Post needs a holiday feature story. President James Monroe is counting on reading it to his family on Christmas Day. But writer Clement Moore has writer’s block. Besides that, he must work at home amongst his five children who are, needless to say, very anxious for St. Nicholas to arrive.

Clement’s frustration mounts-then the magic begins. The sounds of bells, moving toys and visions of Sugar Plum Fairies all conspire to help Clement, as events from the classic poem come to life. Interwoven with carolers, a song to St. Nicholas, dancing fairies and much more, including, of course, a visit from the old elf himself, this delightful musical concludes with the complete original poem set to exquisite music. This fresh telling of the most popular Christmas poem ever told will delight audiences of all ages.”
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A Celtic Christmas with Affiniti & Howard Crosby – December 13

Hanford High School Auditorium, 450 Hanford St. in Richland
Starts at 7 p.m.
Free tickets will be available for all WSUTC and CBC students with valid student ID and any one under the age of 18. $25.00 general admission tickets are available now online and $30 tickets at the door.

WSU Tri-Cities welcomes the Irish musical trio Affiniti and Howard Crosby, the nephew of Bing Crosby, for an exceptional holiday concert that will support WSU Tri-Cities student entrepreneurial projects.
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Richland’s Winter Wonderland – December 13 & 14

John Dam Plaza in Richland
Starts at 5:30 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!

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 20 & 21 at 5:30 p.m.

Mid-Columbia Mastersingers: Noche de Paz: Lessons and Carols – December 13 & 14

Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 640 N Columbia Center Blvd. in Kennewick
Friday & Saturday at 7:30 p.m. – Behind the Music” talk 30 minutes before each performance.
Admission: $25 adults; K-12 Free.

The Mid-Columbia Mastersingers will present their annual concert celebrating the music of Latin America in a program combining elements of two popular holiday observances, the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols from England and Las Posadas from Mexico. The concert program entitled “Noche de Paz,” or “Night of Peace” will feature the Mastersingers Youth (MY) Choirs and the MCM Chamber Choir.

The traditional English Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols is a church service celebrated on Christmas Eve. Nine short Bible readings telling the story of the fall of humanity, the promise of the Messiah, and the birth of Jesus, are interspersed with the singing of Christmas carols, hymns and choir anthems.

The Mexican tradition of Las Posadas is a nine-day festival at Christmas, with a procession each night that represents Joseph and Mary searching for lodging for Jesus’ birth. People may dress up as the characters, including angels and shepherds, and certain houses or a church are designated as the posada or inn, and the visiting procession is welcomed each night with carols, piñatas, and a feast.

The Mid-Columbia Mastersingers Noche de Paz concerts will incorporate the festive elements of these celebrations, with carols, anthems, and readings in English and Spanish.
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Mid-Columbia Ballet: The Nutcracker – December 13-15

Richland High School Auditorium, 930 Long Ave. in Richland
Friday & Saturday at 7 p.m. and Saturday & Sunday at 1 p.m.
Tickets: Adults $28, Students/Seniors $19, Children $14

Mid-Columbia Ballet (MCB) presents the 44th-annual performance of The Nutcracker on December 13th, 14th, and 15th 2019 at The Richland High School Auditorium. This beloved family tradition features 180 cast members; theatrical elements by Seattle based freelance designer Greg Elder; and professional lighting design by Bill Kickbush.

Choreography from Artistic Director, Debra Pearse Rogo, Associate Artistic Director, Melanie Haller and from newly hired Resident Choreographer, Nicole Haskins. Four guest artists will be featured this season including MCB Alumnus Joshua Burnham and his partner, both from Manassas Ballet Theatre. Dancing the roles of Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier will be Leta Biasucci and Ezra Thomas from the nationally renowned company Pacific Northwest Ballet.

Academy of Children’s Theatre presents Junie B. Jones: Jingle Bells Batman Smells – December 13-15

Academy of Children’s Theatre, 213 Wellsian Way in Richland
Friday & Saturday 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.
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Theatre… Not A Dying Art presents “It’s A Wonderful Life” – December 13-15

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.
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Benton City Winterfest – December 14

Ki-Be High School (1205 Horne Drive) & City Park in Benton City
All day event
Free to attend

Join us for Benton City’s 16th Annual Winterfest Celebration, Saturday, December 14, 2019!

Begin the day at 9 a.m. for the Run! Santa Run! 5K or the 1 mile Reindeer Trot (register to enter here:, then enjoy holiday shopping at the Winterfest Bazaar from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Ki-Be High School, 1205 Horne Drive in Benton City. 50 unique vendors; biscuits & gravy breakfast and loaded baked potato or hot dog & chips lunch served by Benton Lodge #277; Silent auction with items donated by our fabulous vendors; Bake Sale, with goodies from our Chamber staff and volunteers; 50/50 Raffle; Kids crafts & activities provided by the Ki-Be High School Art Club; Story time with the Mid-Columbia Library-Benton City Branch; Photos with Santa from Noon til 1 p.m.; Musical entertainment by Melissa Jones, Richland High School All-State Jazz Saxophonist, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., then the Ki-Be High School Band 1 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Then, Winterfest After Dark: Enjoy the Annual Lighted Parade, beginning at 5 p.m. at Ki-Be High School and ending at Dale Ave and 9th St. After the parade, skip over to City Park for the annual Tree Lighting, Caroling around the Tree with the help of the Ki-Be High School Choir, and hot Cocoa & cookies served by Benton City staff on donation.

Santa Run 5k (Benton City) – December 14

Races will begin and end at the Benton City Lions Club, 1100 Ellen Ave. in Benton City
7:30 – 8:45 a.m. Registration and Bib pick-up
9:00 a.m. – 5K Santa Run
9:10 a.m. – 1 mile Fun Run/Walk
Registration: 5k Fun Run – $20, Santa Suit Discount 5k Run – $15, Mile Reindeer Trot – $10, Ki-Be Students get to participate for Free!

The 5k Santa Run and & 1 mile Reindeer Trot is a community event put on by the Kiona Benton Bears Booster Clubs. All proceeds go to supporting the Youth Athletics and Performing Art Students within our community, and any other program associated with the Ki-Be Boosters Clubs.

Santa Run – $5 off registration for wearing your Santa Suit! Santa hats will be provided for Santa Run if you do not have one. The 5K course strollers are permitted. For the safety of all participants, pets, inline skates, bikes and scooters are not permitted.
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Veteran Service Fair 2019 – December 14

Richland Red Lion, 802 George Washington Way in Richland
From 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Free for all veterans and their families

The 2019 Veteran Service Fair is for all Central Washington veterans and their families! The Veteran Service Fair will feature organizations offering help with VA and healthcare benefits, counseling, employment opportunities, and more. The VA’s Mobile Vet Unit will be available to provide on-site counseling and resources for veterans making the difficult transition from military to civilian life.

This year’s Veteran Service Fair will feature a Vietnam Veteran Pinning Ceremony from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Vietnam-era veterans are encouraged to sign up to be recognized with a service lapel pin and certificate of special congressional recognition.

Santa Saturdays – December 14

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 21 from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

LIGO Public Tours – December 14

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.

Desert Plateau Neighborhood Luminaria – December 14

West Pasco Neighborhoods
From 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Free to attend

The 33rd Annual Desert Plateau Luminaria will take place this year and will feature miles of lights and homes in West Pasco Neighborhoods from Burden Blvd. to Argent; from Road 36 to Yuma. Donations for Second Harvest will be collected at a booth at Desert Dunes Park.

Tri-City Americans vs. Portland Winterhawks – December 14

Toyota Center in Kennewick
Starts at 7:05 p.m.
Tickets: $10 – $30

Join the Tri-City Americans as they compete against the Portland Winterhawks.
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Toy Train Christmas (Toppenish) – December 14 & 15

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 21 & 22

Opera on the Vine Holiday Concert – December 15

The Emerald of Siam Thai Restaurant and Lounge, 1314 Jadwin Ave. in Richland
From 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Tickets: $15 in advance and at the door

Ring in the season with Opera on the Vine’s 3rd Annual Holiday Concert & sing-along. Hear some of your favorite holiday songs sung by the region’s most talented singers with pianist Benjamin Walley. Join us for a carol sing-along and The Hallelujah Chorus! This is a casual, family-friendly event. Come as you are, or wear your most colorful holiday outfits! The Emerald’s full menu and bar will be available, so plan to arrive early to get a table and order before the show.
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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:

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

Come by any night of the month to donate non perishable food items for 2nd Harvest. Stay to enjoy the show. 500,000 lights dance synced to music playing throughout the event. Or enjoy from the warmth of your car while tuning to radio station 90.3 FM. We have multiple selfie-stations set up to capture photos with friends and family. Letters to Santa can be dropped into an official North Pole .

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 December. For more information, visit:

Art Exhibits

Gallery Aglow – through December 28

Gallery at the Park, 89 Lee Blvd. in Richland
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.

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.

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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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. (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.
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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 (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)

– December 13: Cell! Cell! Cell! at 7 p.m. and Oasis in Space at 8 p.m.
– December 14: Apollo 11: Man’s First Step onto the Moon at 2:00 p.m. and Secrets of the Sun 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.
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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:

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