Things to Do: December 16-31, 2019

Here are some things to do around the Tri-Cities WA region December 16-31, 2019:

  • Tri-City Americans vs. Seattle Thunderbirds – December 17
  • Lecture: A Cycling Pilgrimage – Vietnam and Cambodia – December 19
  • Living Nativity – December 19-23
  • Richland’s Winter Wonderland – December 20 & 21
  • Star of Bethlehem Presentation – December 20-22
  • Lampson Cable Bridge Run – December 21
  • Santa Saturdays – December 21
  • Beer Choir: Atomic Chapter Christmasfest – December 21
  • Toy Train Christmas (Toppenish) – December 21 & 22
  • REACH Museum: Boredom Busters – December 26-28
  • Tri-City Americans vs. Portland Winterhawks – December 27
  • Annual Christmas Bird Count – December 28
  • First Night Tri-Cities – December 31
  • Tri-City Americans vs. Spokane Chiefs – December 31
  • Christmas Carol Lane Lights Up through December 28
  • Senske Holiday Light Show through December 31
  • Art Exhibits
  • Nightlife Music
  • The REACH Museum
  • Bechtel National Planetarium Shows
  • LIGO Public Tours
  • Tri-Cities Washington Guide Website
  • Submit Your Community Event

Tri-City Americans vs. Seattle Thunderbirds – December 17

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

Join the Tri-City Americans as they compete against the Seattle Thunderbirds.
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Lecture: A Cycling Pilgrimage – Vietnam and Cambodia – December 19

Richland Public Library, 955 Northgate Dr. in Richland
Starts at 7 p.m.
Free to attend

A presentation by Scott Woodward –

A pilgrimage can be defined as a journey, especially a long one, made to some sacred place as an act of religious devotion. This trip was an act of devotion to the historical mystic and cultural phenomenon of two countries devastated by centuries of warfare and genocide and their come-back story. We came as pilgrims to ground truth in search of the shadows of the “American War” as the Vietnamese call the Vietnam War. On all counts it was an experience in an inspirational one.

Please join us on the bikes and aboard the Reunification Express as we journey from the Mekong Delta and Saigon to Ha Long Bay and Hanoi. Then we travel onto Cambodia, Angkor Wat, and Phenom Penn.

Living Nativity – December 19-23

Hillspring Church, 1153 Gage Blvd. in Richland
Thursday: 6 p.m. & 7 p.m., Friday-Monday: 6 p.m., 7 p.m. & 8 p.m.
Admission: ages 13+ $10, ages 5-12 $5, ages 4 and under are free but require 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 2019.

The local cast features Mary, Joseph, Baby Jesus, angels, Roman soldiers, majestic kings, and shepherd families. Live animals – including camels, sheep, 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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Richland’s Winter Wonderland – December 20 & 21

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.

Star of Bethlehem Presentation – December 20-22

Columbia Basin College Planetarium, D Building, 2600 N 20th in Pasco
Friday at 5 p.m., Saturday & Sunday at 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Free to attend – seating limited

Murray Thorson and Dr. Kristy Henscheid will present “The Star of Bethlehem” at the Columbia Basin College Bechtel National Planetarium. Each is 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. Each presentation is open and free to the public. Seating is limited and will be filled on a first-come basis starting 30 minutes before showtime.

Lampson Cable Bridge Run – December 21

Shuttles to the Starting Line begin at 7:00 a.m. from Benton County Fairgrounds. The last shuttle leaves at 8:15 a.m.
Registration fee: $31 for the 5K Run/Walk, 10K Run & 1 Mile Run/Walk, Child 4 and under any distance – free, 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk (Non-Timed) – $14

The 41st Annual Lampson Cable Bridge Run will be held on Saturday, December 21, 2019. All three races will be started by Santa himself at 9:00 a.m. sharp. Registration for the Cable Bridge Run is on now to December 19, 2019. Don’t forget to show up early at the Benton County Fairgrounds parking lot to catch the shuttle! Last Chance Registration will be held on Friday December 20, 2019.

Note: There will be no shuttles transporting participants back to the starting line after the race. If you have someone picking you up at the finish (2300 East Crane Street), they need to arrive at the building no later than 8:15 a.m. and will not be able to leave until the 5K/10K race course is clear (approx. 10:30 a.m.).
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Santa Saturdays – December 21

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.

Beer Choir: Atomic Chapter Christmasfest – December 21

White Bluffs Brewing, 2034 Logston Blvd. in Richland
From 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Free to participate – beer & food extra – must be 21+

Sing! Drink Beer! Come help us celebrate The Most Wonderful Time of the Year with your favorite seasonal beverage.

We will provide the Beer Choir Hymnal and have a grand time in the ancient tradition of people singing while drinking beer. Dan and Justin will be rolling out all of the holiday tune parodies, including the official presentation of The Twelve Beers of Christmas. We expect this event will be standing room only, so come early if you want to secure a seat. Otherwise, seating will be family style, so plan to make some new Beer Choir friends!

Toy Train Christmas (Toppenish) – December 21 & 22

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.

REACH Museum: Boredom Busters – December 26-28

REACH Museum, 1943 Columbia Park Trail in Richland
From 10 a.m. – Noon each day
Admission: Adults: $10, Students/Seniors/Military: $6, Museums for All (EBT/Valid ID: 2 adults and 4 children): $2 per person, Children 5 and under: Free, REACH Members: Free

Are you bored after Christmas? Sick of staying at home with nothing to do? Come over to the REACH for hands-on learning and a variety of STEAM-related activities appropriate for all ages.

– Thursday: “Boxing Day” – Imagine, build, and play with cardboard boxes; crafting holiday ornaments and thank-you cards
– Friday: “Electric Fun” – Learn about electricity: make circuits with conductive Playdough and lights.
– Saturday: “Indoor Block Party” – Imagination playground blocks and lawn games inside.
Future dates: January 2 & 3

Tri-City Americans vs. Portland Winterhawks – December 27

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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Annual Christmas Bird Count – December 28

Starts at three locations in the Tri-Cities at 7:30 a.m.
Volunteers needed

Welcome to the 120th National Christmas Bird Count! This is an annual tradition where we attempt to count every bird within our 7.5 mile radius count circle! The circle is centered in the Columbia River and so parts of our area are in each of the three cities!

The three start locations where volunteers can join the count are:
– Richland: Meet Lisa Hill at the “Fingernail” in Howard Amon Park.
– Pasco: Meet Dana Ward at the Chiawana Park Boat Ramp, end of Road 88.
– Kennewick: Meet Rich Barchet at the Rod Coler Audubon Nature Trail parking area on Columbia Park Trail.

From these locations we split into smaller teams led by more experienced birders. Some birding skills are helpful but not required. Birds seen at bird feeders within the count circle are extremely important to the count. So if you have a feeder please provide those numbers to a team leader.

Also, the day ends with our annual Christmas potluck and tally of all of the bird species we saw together that day.

First Night Tri-Cities – December 31

Gesa Carousel of Dreams, 2901 Southridge Blvd,. in Kennewick
From 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. – Fireworks & Ball Drop takes place at 9 p.m.
Admission: $7 per person, Kids 4 and under – Free

Welcome to First Night Tri-Cities!

Thanks to the generous support of Gesa Credit Union, First Night Tri-Cities marks its 23rd year helping Tri-City families celebrate the New Year with fun, family-oriented interactive entertainment for all to enjoy.

Take a ride on the Gesa Carousel of Dreams. Participate in a magic show. Have your face painted. Take photos with your family and friends in our photo booth. Laugh at the comedy hypnosis show. And cap the evening off with a ball drop and the area’s only New Year’s Eve fireworks show. Your admission includes unlimited rides on the Gesa Carousel of Dreams, courtesy of Benton PUD.

Gesa Credit Union members can save $1 on admission by using your Gesa Visa card for payment at the door.

Tri-City Americans vs. Spokane Chiefs – December 31

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

Join the Tri-City Americans as they compete against the Spokane Chiefs.
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Christmas Carol Lane Lights Up through December 28

From 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. each evening
Lighted homes will be visible on 23rd Pl, 26th Ave, 24th Ave, Kent St, 25th Ave, Garfield St & Hartford St in Kennewick

Are you ready to go out and see some Christmas lights? Drive through this fun Kennewick neighborhood that has been decorating their yards with Christmas song boards since the 1960s.

Want to hear the music to go with the songs? Head over to where every song is listed with a link to a YouTube video. There are also playlists for Pandora and Spotify with all the songs.

The busiest nights are typically the Saturday before Christmas and Christmas Eve.

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 .

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 20: Bad Astronomy: Myths and Misconceptions at 7 p.m. and Supervolcanoes at 8 p.m.
– December 21: Kaluoka’hina: The Enchanted Reef at 2:00 p.m. and The Little Star That Could at 3:00 p.m.
– December 27: Cell! Cell! Cell! at 7 p.m. and Oasis in Space at 8 p.m.
– December 28: 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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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.”

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