Holiday events

Dori O'Neal, Herald staff writerDecember 7, 2012 

Here's a list of lively concerts, eye-catching tree-lighting ceremonies, parades and festivals happening around the Northwest this holiday season.

-- The Lutheran Advent/Christmas Concert is at 7 p.m. Dec. 7 at Richland Lutheran Church LCMC, 901 Van Giesen St. Admission is free. Call 943-8538. Each choir will sing an anthem of the season; the congregation will sing carols and scriptures will be read.

-- The Tri-Cities Steel Band Association's annual Christmas concert is at 6 p.m. Dec. 7 in the Bethel Church auditorium, 600 Shockley Road, Richland. Admission is free, but donations of canned food are welcome. Bram Brata and OK2Botay steel drum bands will perform as well as the Bahuru and Baduku marimba bands.

-- The Tri-Cities Lighted Boat Parade starts at 6 p.m. Dec. 7-8 on the Columbia River from Clover Island to Howard Amon Park.

-- Breakfast with Santa is from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Dec. 8 at the Pasco Senior Center, 1315 N. Seventh Ave. Cost is $4 per person. Call 545-3459.

-- A handbell concert is at 7 p.m. Dec. 8 at Central United Protestant Church, 1124 Stevens Drive, Richland. Admission is free, but donations are welcome. Bells of the Desert, a community handbell choir under the direction of Cathy Rohrig, will be featured. Call 628-0306.

-- Toy Train Christmas is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 8-9 and 15-16 in the Northern Pacific Railway Museum, 10 Asotin Ave., Toppenish. Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for kids 12 and under. Call 509-865-1911.

-- Take a walk in a winter wonderland at Riverside State Park in Spokane on Dec. 13-16 as the town celebrates its annual Winter Wonderland festival. Hours are from 6 to 8 p.m. Festivities include caroling, a visit from Santa, hay rides and a light show. Hot chocolate, coffee, cider and baked goods will be on hand. Admission is $5.

-- The Cathedral of Joy's Living Nativity is Dec. 14-15, 19-21 and 22-23 at the church, 1153 Gage Blvd., Richland. Tickets must be purchased in advance with set times to attend. Cost is $10 for ages 13 and older, $5 for ages 5 to 12 and free for ages 4 and younger. For tickets, call the church at 627-1109 or go to www.cojchurch.org.

-- Decorate holiday ornaments with the Hanford Reach Interpretive Center from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 15 at the Richland Community Center, 500 Amon Park Drive. Cost is $5 per ornament kit. All ages are welcome.

-- The Pasco Luminaria starts at 6 p.m. Dec. 15 in the Desert Plateau neighborhood between Burden Boulevard and Argent Road in West Pasco. Featured are hundreds of homes spruced up with festive lights, caroling and a visit from Santa.

-- The Nativity Celebration open house is from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 15 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Porto Lane in Pasco. Free. Call 591-5968. Hundreds of Nativity Scenes from around the world will be on display, along with artwork depicting the life and ministry of Jesus. There will also be music, video presentations and crafts for children.

-- Franklin County Museum's annual Holiday Open House is from 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 15 at the Pasco museum, 305 N. Fourth Ave. Admission is free.

-- The Holiday Celebration on Ice, a Tri-Cities Figure Skating Club event, starts at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 21 at the Toyota Arena, next to the coliseum in Kennewick. Admission is $3.

-- The Puttin' on the Ritz New Year's Eve Gala starts at 6 p.m. Dec. 31 at the Red Lion Hotel, next to Columbia Center mall in Kennewick. Cost is $70 for dancing and dinner. Reservations are encouraged. Call Beth Trost at 586-7609 or email bethtrost@yahoo.com.

-- The Festival of Lights continues through Dec. 23 at the Umatilla County Fairgrounds in Hermiston. The light show starts each night at dusk. Admission is free.

-- CREHST Museum's Snow Village exhibit continues through Jan. 10 at the Richland museum, 96 Lee Blvd. The Department 56 collection includes six houses from 1976 era. The collection was donated to CREHST by Tri-City residents Gary and Brenda Schumacher. Museum hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5 for adults and $4 for seniors and students.

-- The Oregon Zoo will be decked out in holiday magic during the annual ZooLights festival, which continues through Dec. 31 at the Portland-area zoo. Hours are from 5 to 8 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. The zoo is closed Dec. 24-25. ZooLights tickets, which include admission and a train ride, cost $12.50 for ages 12-64, $11 for 65 and older, $9.50 for ages 3 to 11 and free for kids 2 and younger. Without the train ride, admission is $10, $8.50 and $7.

*Dori O'Neal: 582-1514; doneal@tricityherald.com

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