Holiday events in the Mid-Columbia

By the Herald staffDecember 21, 2012 

Here's a list of events happening around the Northwest this holiday season.

-- A Big Band Christmas show, featuring the Columbia Basin Jazz Orchestra, starts at 7 p.m. Dec. 21-22 in the CBC theater on the Pasco campus. Admission is $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors.

-- The Cathedral of Joy's Living Nativity is Dec. 21-23 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.

-- 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.

-- A holiday pet drive continues through Dec. 31 at the Horn Rapids Landfill, 3120 Twin Bridge Road, Richland. Donations of pet food and supplies will be accepted and delivered to Pet Over Population Prevention in January. The landfill is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Sunday. It will be closed Dec. 24-25.

-- 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.

-- 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 annual First Night Tri-Cities event starts at 5 p.m. Dec. 31 at Columbia Basin College in Pasco. Headlining this year's event will be the popular Vocal Trash, a group of musicians who use all sorts of recycled items to make beautiful music. Also featured will be comic Brad Upton and Eclectic Approach, as well as the Gothard Sisters. Admission for adults is $8 in advance or $10 day of event. Kids ages 6 to 12 are $5 and kids 5 and younger are free. Admission buttons are sold at Tri-City Yoke's Fresh Market locations; the Richland Community Center, 500 Amon Park Drive; and Pasco City Hall, 525 N. Third Ave.

-- Skye Book & Brew will hold its sixth annual Eastern Time Zone New Year's Eve party from 7-9 p.m. Dec. 31 at 148 E. Main St., Dayton. Music will be provided by Bobby K and Mike. All ages are welcome. There is no cover, but dinner specials will be available.

-- 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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