Things to Do December 2021

Here are some things to do around the Tri-Cities WA region during the month of December 2021:

– Senske’s Annual Light Show – December 2021
– Christmas Carol Lane – December 2021
– Holiday Bazzars 2021
– Tri-City Americans Hockey Games – December 2021
– Pasco’s Winterfest – November 29 to December 4, 2021
– Richland’s Winter Wonderland – starts December 3, 2021
– Christmas Lighted Boat Parade – December 3 & 4, 2021
– Tri-City Youth Choir: A Christmas Wish – December 3, 4 & 6, 2021
– Richland Players: A Whimsically Merry Pop-Up Christmas – December 3-5 & 10-12, 2021
– Downtown Kennewick Hometown Holiday Parade – December 4, 2021
– Three Rivers Folklife Society Concert: Winter’s Return – December 4, 2021
– Mid-Columbia Mastersingers: Chanukah: Miracle of Lights – December 4 & 5, 2021
– Mid-Columbia Ballet: The Nutcracker – December 10-12, 2021
– Benton City Winterfest – December 11, 2021
– Community Concerts of Tri-Cities presents Good Co – December 12, 2021
– Community Science and Technology Seminar Series: Exploring Three-dimensional Bioprinting to Detect and Characterize Pathogens – December 14, 2021
– Lecture by Terry Andre: Postcards from the Park – December 16, 2021
– Lampson Cable Bridge Run – December 18, 2021
– Tri-Cities Steel Band Association: Christmas Concert – December 18, 2021
– Desert Plateau Neighborhood Luminaria – December 18, 2021
– Polar Express Grandparent Day – December 19, 2021
– Christmas with the Mastersingers – December 19, 2021
– Star of Bethlehem PowerPoint Presentation – December 23 & 24, 2021
– First Night Tri-Cities – December 31, 2021
– Tri-City Vibe
– Guide to Tri-Cities Washington Website

Senske’s Annual Light Show – December 2021
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 .
Info: https://www.senske.com/holiday-lights/annual-light-show/

Christmas Carol Lane – December 2021
Nightly from 6 p.m.

Christmas Carol Lane is a fun neighborhood in Kennewick. Every year since the 1960s, the neighborhood has been transformed with song boards in the yards to decorate for Christmas. Each house has a different Christmas song and decorations to go with it. In the past few years, the neighborhood has had new energy to brighten up the song boards and continue the tradition.

Song boards and decorations go up in Christmas Carol Lane starting right after Thanksgiving. Most yards are decorated by the second week of December. Streets: 23rd Place, 24th Avenue, 25th Avenue, 26th Avenue, Garfield Street and Hartford Street, and Kent Street.
Info: http://christmascarollane.org/

Holiday Bazzars 2021
Bazaars are back after taking a hiatus last fall and winter because of the coronavirus pandemic. Many are requiring masks, citing health officials’ recommendations to wear face coverings to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

The staff at Tri-Cities Business News has compiled a list of holiday bazzars around the Tri-Cities that are taking place. For more information, visit: https://www.tricitiesbusinessnews.com/2021/10/bazaars-2021/. Note: To be included on this list, email info@tcjournal.biz with details about your bazaar, including time, date, place and cost.

Tri-City Americans Hockey Games – December 2021
Toyota Center in Kennewick
Single game tickets: $24 – $34

Game schedule:
– Wednesday, December 1 vs Victoria Royals at 7:05 p.m.
– Saturday, December 4 vs Prince George Cougars at 6:05 p.m.
– Friday, December 10 vs Everett Silvertips at 7:05 p.m.
– Saturday, December 11 vs Everett Silvertips at 6:05 p.m.
– Tuesday, December 14 vs Seattle Thunderbirds at 7:05 p.m.
– Wednesday, December 29 vs Portland Winterhawks at 7:05 p.m.
– Friday, December 31 vs Spokane Chiefs at 7:05 p.m.
Info & Tickets: https://amshockey.com/

Pasco’s Winterfest – November 29 to December 4, 2021
Celebrate Pasco Winterfest 2021, November 29 – December 4. Enjoy a Candy Cane Scavenger Hunt, Drive-Thru Kids Crafts & Goodies, the Heritage Tree Lighting (with Santa), and of Course the Winterfest Cinemas.

– Candy Cane Scavenger Hunt: November 29 to December 3rd (info: https://www.facebook.com/100069173710614/posts/198545355794587/)
– Drive -Thru Kids Crafts & Goodies: December 2nd, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. at Volunteer Park (Along 3rd Ave). Free kids crafts – Goodies – Santa
– Tree Lighting Ceremony: December 3, 2021, 4-6 p.m. at Volunteer Park. Photos with Santa – Music – Refreshments.
– Winterfest Cinema: December 4th at the Pasco Sporting Complex north parking lot. Movies will be shown at 10 a.m. (The Grinch 2018 rated PG), 1:30 pm (Elf rated PG), and 5 p.m. (Arthur Christmas rated PG). Pre-registration required for each movie you would like to see (register the driver, only).
Registration: https://www.pascoparksandrec.com/CourseActivities.aspx?id=32&cat=20
Info: https://www.facebook.com/pascoparks

Richland’s Winter Wonderland – starts December 3, 2021
Note: events take place at John Dam Plaza, Richland Community Center, Howard Amon Park, and Gallery at the Park (Allied Arts Building)
Flyers: https://www.richlandparksandrec.com/parks-facilities/winter-wonderland-2021
Info https://www.ci.richland.wa.us/Home/Components/News/News/1021/17

Gallery at the Park Christmas Market – December 3 & 4, 2021
88 Lee Blvd. in Richland
From 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. both evenings
Free to attend

Celebrate the season at the Gallery’s annual Christmas market! Free hot chocolate on the patio and complimentary craft kits for children! Plus, live music starting at 6:30 p.m., with the Tubadours on Friday and the Swallowtail Irish Band on Saturday. Gallery Aglow will still be in full swing, so step inside to browse and shop for beautiful decorations and handmade gifts. Fun for the whole family!
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/291731002850211/

Christmas Lighted Boat Parade – December 3 & 4, 2021
Free to watch

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/

Tri-City Youth Choir: A Christmas Wish – December 3, 4 & 6, 2021
Southridge High School in Kennewick
Performances:
– Friday, December 3 at 7:00 p.m.
– Saturday, December 4 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
– Monday, December 6 at 7:00 p.m.
Tickets: $10 – $15

Tri-City Youth Choir is pleased to announce the return of FORTE! Show Choir performing “A Christmas Wish.” Join in the holiday sounds of music and laughter as we sing and dance our way around the Christmas tree in this delightful and inspiring performance.
Tickets: https://www.tix.com/ticket-sales/yourtcyc/4392
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/725963291697595/

Richland Players: A Whimsically Merry Pop-Up Christmas – December 3-5 & 10-12, 2021
608 The Parkway
Performances: December 3, 4, 10, 11 @ 7:30 p.m., and December 5, 12 @ 2 p.m.
Tickets: all ages $15

About: A Whimsically Merry Pop-Up Christmas
Classic Holiday tales magically come to life to give Christmas cheer & wonder to a couple of kids lacking in the Christmas spirit. Family friendly Original Limited Engagement debuting December 3rd. Featuring 12 Days of Christmas by Anonymous, A Visit from St. Nicholas by Clement Clarke Moore, Jack Frost by Hannah F. Gould, plus more.

“The world is a stage and the Richland Players have spread holiday cheer and winter magic to those who have been shut-in. Pop-Up takes theatrical performances just about anywhere, and can adapt to just about any environment and facility. Debuting in 2020, Pop-Up theatre lifted spirits across the Mid-Columbia living in various facilities and assisted living locations. This Christmas, Pop-Up Theatre will be landing on the Players stage for a special limited engagement whimsical presentation.”
Info & Tickets: https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?ticketing=ricpl

Downtown Kennewick Hometown Holiday Parade – December 4, 2021
Santa is coming to Kennewick for the Hometown Holiday on Saturday, December 4th in Downtown Kennewick from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

After a year-long hiatus, the Numerica Hometown Holiday Parade is back in Downtown Kennewick! We invite you to come downtown and experience the magic of the holidays with our old-fashioned parade welcoming Santa and featuring holiday-themed floats, police and fire vehicles, and entertaining characters. The parade starts at 10:00 a.m. Thereafter, join Santa at Santa Square festive activities, treats, and selfies.
Info: https://www.historickennewick.org/hometown-holidays-parade

Three Rivers Folklife Society Concert: Winter’s Return – December 4, 2021
Online concert
Starts at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $15 (purchase online)

Winter’s Return brings you music across the ages from around the world, played on a vast array of exotic instruments. Hurdy gurdies and harps rub shoulders with citterns and bouzoukis, hammered dulcimers and even the odd guitar or two.

This fun-packed show, featuring William Pint, Felicia Dale, Mike Freeman and Tania Opland, promises to enthrall and entertain you, all with the added spice of a potential technological disaster as we navigate the wonders of online broadcasting together, since the band members will be in two studios 1500 miles apart. Quite literally anything can happen, and probably will. Don’t miss it!

This concert will be streamed online on December 4, 2021 at 7:30 p.m. If you can’t watch then, or want to watch it again, it will be available to ticketholders until January 15, 2022. Following the concert there will be a Zoom afterparty where you can interact with the performers and other concert-goers.
Tickets: https://3rfs.net/?page_id=257&civiwp=CiviCRM&q=civicrm%2Fevent%2Fregister&id=2&reset=1
Info: https://www.3rfs.org/concert.htm

Mid-Columbia Mastersingers: Chanukah: Miracle of Lights – December 4 & 5, 2021
December 4, 7 p.m. at The Space, 1384 Jadwin Ave in the Richland Uptown
December 5, 4:30 p.m. at Congregation Beth Sholom, 312 Thayer Dr in Richland
General Admission $15; K-12 students free

Join Mid-Columbia Mastersingers for Home For the Holidays: Season 2, an extravaganza of nine concert events sponsored by STCU.
We are pleased to present our first Chanukah themed concert program. The concert will include readings and stories that explore the importance of this observance and traditions associated with its celebration. Tickets are $15 general admission and can be purchased in advanced through our website. K-12th grade students are free but require a ticket. Due to the small size of both venues, ticket sales will be limited.

Note:
– Masks must be worn properly at all times when inside a venue for anyone over the age of 2.
– Audience members must show verification of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test dated within 72 hours of the performance they are attending. The COVID-19 test must be from a doctor, a testing site, a community health center, or a pharmacy that shows the date and time of the test. Performers are all vaccinated and may not be masked while singing.
– Children under 5 years of age may attend by showing proof of a negative home antigen test taken within 24 hours of the performance they are attending.
Info & Tickets: https://mcmastersingers.org

Mid-Columbia Ballet: The Nutcracker – December 10-12, 2021
Richland High School Auditorium, 930 Long Ave. in Richland
Performances:
– Friday December 10 at 7:00 p.m.
– Saturday, December 11 at 1:00 p.m and 7:00 p.m.
-Sunday, December 12 at 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.
Tickets: $15 – $35

Our beloved holiday stage production is back! Mid-Columbia Ballet will be performing the The Nutcracker at the Richland High School Auditorium. There will be five performances. Note: strict COVID-19 protocols will be in place (see https://midcolumbiaballet.org/mcb_covid_protocols_2021.html).
Tickets: https://www.tix.com/ticket-sales/midcolumbiaballet/1719
Info: https://midcolumbiaballet.org/

Benton City Winterfest – December 11, 2021
Join us for Benton City’s 18th Annual Winterfest Celebration, Saturday, December 11, 2021!

Begin the day at 10 a.m. with some holiday shopping at the Winterfest Bazaar until 3 p.m. – located at the Benton City Community Center and along Dale Ave (Between 7th & 9th Street).

Then, join us After Dark: Enjoy our Annual Lighted Parade, beginning at 5 p.m. at Ki-Be Middle School (Grace Ave) and ending at the corner of Babs Ave and 9th Street (Before the flag pole). After the parade, skip over to City Park for the annual Tree Lighting ceremony, provided by the City of Benton City.
Info: https://www.bentoncitychamber.org/winterfest

Community Concerts of Tri-Cities presents Good Co – December 12, 2021
Faith Tri-Cities Auditorium, 1800 Road 72 in Pasco
Starts at 3 p.m.
Note: Individual concert tickets will be available at the door when space is available. Adults $25, Students $10

Good Co, an electro swing band based in Seattle, mixes contemporaneous engagements of house, hip-hop, and electronic dance music with the horn-infused swing of timeless performers like Fats Waller, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, and Benny Goodman. This concoction brings the entire 20th and 21st century deep into the dance floor. It is cunning and irresistible listening for new music fans who crave both innovative and traditional sounds.
Info: http://www.communityconcertstc.org/good-co-december-12-2021/

Community Science and Technology Seminar Series: Exploring Three-dimensional Bioprinting to Detect and Characterize Pathogens – December 14, 2021
Virtually via Zoom
From 5 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Free to attend – must register

Join Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s (PNNL) next Community Science and Technology Seminar presented by Anne Arnold, Materials Scientist.

Three-dimensional printing (3DP) has revolutionized manufacturing, where complex structures can be designed and fabricated easily at relatively low costs. The advantages of 3DP have been exploited by adopting the practice in automotive, aerospace, and medical industries. Medical 3DP, which uses a process known as 3D bioprinting, combines biomaterials and cells to create 3D parts that mimic living tissues. 3DP materials can be used for extensive applications including tissue and organ transplantation, biosensing, and rapid drug screening. Here at PNNL, we are developing a 3D bioprinting capability to create biosensors that detect and characterize pathogens. Along the way, we have discovered the versatility of 3DP bioprinting in other areas such as materials development and education.

Please register in advance here: https://pnnl.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN__n8og6epRgWrCArbwf2JrQ
Info: https://www.pnnl.gov/events/exploring-three-dimensional-bioprinting-detect-and-characterize-pathogens

Lecture by Terry Andre: Postcards from the Park – December 16, 2021
East Benton County Historical Museum, 205 W. Keewaydin Dr. in Kennewick
From 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Free to attend

Beeswax britches, mysterious wake-up calls, bicycling the Cascades, and “wish you were here” messages chronicle the experiences of visitors to Washington’s state and national parks. Discover the stories that emerge from the images, postmarks, and narratives on vintage postcards sent during the early 1900s and beyond. Explore Washington from the Eastern WA Dry Falls and Sacajawea State Parks to Western WA Mt. Rainier and the Olympic National Forest as plus several sites in-between. Share their journeys, discover a bit of history, and plan to document your next adventure based on the Postcards from the Park!
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/146812487619436

Lampson Cable Bridge Run – December 18, 2021
This year marks the 43rd annual running of the Lampson Cable Bridge Run! Finisher Medals will again be given out to the first 2000 participants who finish the run. To receive your medal please ensure that your race bib is visible as you cross the finish line.

Runners, no matter the distance they choose (1Mile, 5K, or 10K) will start their race crossing over the Columbia River from Kennewick to Pasco, WA on the scenic Cable Bridge. The 1 mile runners will end shortly after crossing the bridge and be shuttled to the 5K/10K finish area. The 5K & 10K finish line is located just outside the Lampson warehouse. At the finish line you will receive your medal and refreshments before proceeding to catch the shuttle bus back to the fairground’s parking lot
Info & Registration: https://raceroster.com/events/2021/48549/lampson-cable-bridge-run-2021-10k5k1-mile

Tri-Cities Steel Band Association: Christmas Concert – December 18, 2021
Bethel Church, 600 Shockley Rd in Richland
Starts at 6:30 p.m. (doors open at 5:30 p.m.)
Tickets: $9

Come out and join us for our annual Christmas concert! The steel drums and marimbas will both be playing and helping everyone bring in the holiday season. There will be a fantastic bake sale and a silent auction filled with wonderful items just in time for holiday gift giving!
Tickets are for sale on our website at $9 each. *Masks will be required*

We recommend purchasing tickets in advance to guarantee your admission. Efforts to help maintain social distancing are being made with limited ticket sales. Please pick up your tickets at will call.
Tickets: https://www.tcsba.org/home/2021-tcsba-christmas-concert-tickets/
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/463043451813931/

Desert Plateau Neighborhood Luminaria – December 18, 2021
The Desert Plateau Neighborhood is once again holding their yearly tradition that has been held since 1985. Please come celebrate the miles of holiday lights and festivities – take a Drive-thru tour of the lights in the Desert Plateau neighborhood in West Pasco Neighborhoods from Burden Blvd. to Argent; from Road 36 to Yuma.
Info: https://www.facebook.com/dpnlp

Polar Express Grandparent Day – December 19, 2021
Richland Community Center, 500 Amon Park Drive in Richland
Choice of two sessions from 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. and from 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Cost: $5 per person

What a wonderful event for grandparents to share with their grandkids!

The event is $5 per person, with proceeds going to the Lupe Kuhn Memorial Fund of the Richland Senior Association. This includes storytime, hot cocoa, cookies, and a photo with Santa! Space is limited, so please get your tickets soon!

Info & tickets for the 1 p.m. session: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/polar-express-grandparent-day-tickets-216483827957
Info & tickets for the 2 p.m. session: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/polar-express-grandparent-day-tickets-216488983377

Christmas with the Mastersingers – December 19, 2021
REACH Museum, 1943 Columbia Park Trail in Richland.
Starts at 4 p.m.
General Admission $15; K-12 students free

Join Mid-Columbia Mastersingers for Home For the Holidays: Season 2, an extravaganza of nine concert events sponsored by STCU.
We are pleased to present our festive concert of traditional Christmas favorites, featuring seasonal songs about the weather, sleigh rides, Christmas trees, and holiday gatherings with family and friends. Tickets are $15 general admission and can be purchased in advanced through our website. K-12th grade students are free but require a ticket.

Note:
– Masks must be worn properly at all times when inside a venue for anyone over the age of 2.
– Audience members must show verification of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test dated within 72 hours of the performance they are attending. The COVID-19 test must be from a doctor, a testing site, a community health center, or a pharmacy that shows the date and time of the test. Performers are all vaccinated and may not be masked while singing.
– Children under 5 years of age may attend by showing proof of a negative home antigen test taken within 24 hours of the performance they are attending.
Info & Tickets: https://mcmastersingers.org/

Star of Bethlehem PowerPoint Presentation – December 23 & 24, 2021
Columbia Bible Church, 202 S. Van Buren St. in Kennewick
From 5 p.m. to 6:10 p.m. both nights
Free – recommended for ages 10+

Murray Thorson will present the “The Star of Bethlehem” at Columbia Bible Church, 202 S. Van Buren St. in Kennewick, at 5 p.m. on Thursday, December 23 and Friday, December 24. Each is a 70-minute presentation using PowerPoint displays to show the sky events thought to cause the Wise Men to know Jesus was born and search for and find Him. Each is open and free to the public. The content is equivalent to that given at the Columbia Basin College Bechtel National Planetarium, though without the optics of the planetarium. Please come prepared to follow state COVID protocols (mask, social distance, no illness).
Info: https://www.facebook.com/columbiabible/

First Night Tri-Cities – December 31, 2021

Gesa Carousel of Dreams, 2901 Southridge Blvd. in Kennewick
From 3 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Tickets: $8 per person – available at the Gesa Carousel of Dreams during regular operation hours or at the door.

First Night Tri-Cities is a family-friendly, alcohol-free celebration of the New Year held each year on December 31 at the Gesa Carousel of Dreams in Kennewick.

After taking a year off due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are excited to once again offer carousel rides, magic shows, inflatables, face painting and of course a dazzling fireworks show. Our event is interactive and there is something for all ages. Go through a giant inflatable obstacle course. Join the hypnosis show. Enter your little one in the baby crawling race. Take a ride on the carousel. We’re confident you’ll find something for everyone to enjoy at an affordable entry price.

COVID information: Face coverings are required indoors for all attendees ages 5 and over except when actively eating or drinking.
Info: https://www.firstnighttricities.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/FirstNightTriCities

Tri-City VIBE!
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

Guide to Tri-Cities Washington 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 Guide to Tri-Cities Washington website: https://tri-citiesguide.org. 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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