Holiday events around the Mid-Columbia

Tri-City HeraldDecember 5, 2013 

400 Nativity sets

Northwest United Protestant Church Interim Pastor Neil Allen has 400 nativity scenes he has collected since 1986. The scenes are from all over the world and will be on display for the public to see today Dec. 4-15 from 10 a.m.-noon, 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. - 8 p.m., each day. Viewing is free but a canned food donation is encouraged said Allen.

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-- The annual Charity Holiday Light Show is from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 6-7 and 13-14 at Senske Lawn & Tree Care, 400 N. Quay St., Kennewick.

The event is free and features more than 300,000 lights. Dutch Bros. Coffee and Between The Buns will be selling beverages and food. Visitors are asked to bring a nonperishable food item that will be donated to Second Harvest.

-- Polar Express storytime starts at 7 p.m. Dec. 6 at Barnes & Noble Booksellers at Columbia Center mall in Kennewick.

Children are invited to attend dressed in their jammies as they listen to the story.

The bookstore also will hold The Elf on the Shelf storytime at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 13.

-- A Christmas Lighting Festival is Dec. 6-8, 13-15, 20-22 in Leavenworth. A complete list of events is at

-- Experience The Meaning of Christmas from 10 a.m. to noon, from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 6-15 at Northwest United Protestant Church, 1312 Sacramento Blvd., Richland. More than 400 Nativity sets from 30 countries will be on display. A goodwill offering or donation for the food bank is requested. Call 946-3222.

-- The Selah Lighted Christmas Parade is at 6 p.m. Dec. 6 starting at Selah Junior High, 411 S. First St. The parade starts at 6 p.m., travels down First Avenue to Valleyview Avenue then winds through neighborhoods. Call 509-697-8384.

-- Journey to Bethlehem is from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 6-8 at the Seventh-day Adventist Church, 855 W. Highland Ave., Hermiston. The 20-minute guided tour is outside, so warm clothing is recommended. There is no cost. Visitors will be guided past a recreation of the sites and sounds of ancient Bethlehem, complete with live animals. Call 541-379-2240.

-- Kirkman House Museum in Walla Walla will hold its annual holiday bazaar and Christmas Jubilee from noon to 8 p.m. Dec. 6. There will be dozens of vendors and live musical entertainment. The museum is at 214 N. Colville St. Admission is free. For more information, call 509-529-4373.

-- Cookies and Cocoa with Santa is from 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 7 at the Red Lion Hotel in Richland. Photos with Santa will be taken by Hyak Photography. Cost is $10. Proceeds from the event will go to support global polio eradication.

-- The Festival of Trees starts at 6 p.m. Dec. 7 at the Hermiston Convention Center, 415 S. Highway 395. Festivities include wine tasting, tree viewing and an auction of the trees. Admission is $30. The event is sponsored by the Kiwanis Breakfast Club and Good Shepherd Community Health Foundation.

-- Sunnyside's Christmas Activities and Lighted Farm Implement Parade is Dec. 7 in downtown Sunnyside at East Edison Avenue and South Sixth Street. The parade is free, but other activities have a fee. Here's the schedule:

9:30-11 a.m.: Decorate cookies with Mrs. Claus at the Sunnyside High School commons.

1-5 p.m.: Old Fashioned Christmas at the Sunnyside Museum.

4 p.m.: Kiwanis Pancake Feed at the Sunnyside United Methodist Church.

4-7 p.m.: Sunnyside Fire Department Chili Feed at the Sunnyside Fire Department.

6:29 p.m.: Jingle Bell Run.

6:30 p.m.: Lighted Farm Implement Parade.

-- A performance of Messiah, performed by the Mid-Columbia Mastersingers, starts at 3 p.m. Dec. 8 in the auditorium at Faith Assembly Church, 1800 N. Road 72 in Pasco. Admission is $20. Donations of nonperishable food items are welcome, which will be donated to Second Harvest.

There will be two Messiah sing-a-longs Dec. 7 at Faith Assembly. Admission is $5 for the 2 p.m. event and $10 for the 7 p.m. sing-a-long. The sing-a-long features soloists from the Mastersingers, a choir and orchestra.

Both events are under the direction of Justin Raffa.

Advanced tickets are available at Ted Brown Music and Tri-City Academy of Ballet, both in Richland or online at

-- Toy Train Christmas is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 7-8, 14-15, 21-22 at Northern Pacific Railway Museum, 10 Asotin Ave., Toppenish. Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for kids. Call 509-865-1911. Festivities include hot chocolate and cookies and kids activities along with toy train exhibits.

-- Nativity Collections on Display -- A Family Christmas Experience is from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 9 at the Tri-City Country Club, 314 N. Underwood St., Kennewick. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for students and free ages 3 and younger. Call 308-4597. All funds raised support the uncompensated care program for children who receive care from Seattle's Children's Hospital.

-- The Walla Walla Symphony's Sounds of the Season concert is at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10 in Cordiner Hall on the Whitman College campus. Then on Dec. 15, the Clarion Brass Choir performs with the symphony at 4 p.m. in Cordiner Hall. For ticket information, call 509-529-8020.

-- The Tri-Cities Steel Band Association will hold its annual Christmas concert at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 13 in the auditorium at Chief Joe Middle School in Richland.

Steel drum and marimba bands will perform. Festivities also include a silent auction and a bake sale. Admission is free, but donations of canned goods for local food banks are welcome.

-- Richland's annual Winter Wonderland series continues Dec. 13-14 with festivities to coincide with the annual holiday boat parade.

The Tri-Cities Model Railroaders will have a display from 5 to 10 p.m. Dec. 13-14 in the game room at the community center. The Tubadors and Chordsmen and Sweet Adelines perform a concert starting at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 13 in the Riverview Room at the community center.

-- Christmas Lighted Boat Parade is Dec. 13-14 on the Columbia River. About 20 boats will take part in the parade that starts at 6 p.m. from the Clover Island Yacht Club and travels upriver to Howard Amon Park and back.

-- A Merry Little Christmas Village is from noon to 6 p.m. Dec. 14 at the Flag Plaza in downtown Kennewick. Festivities include holiday music, carolers, wreath and candlemaking demonstrations, food booths and games. Hayrides will be offered from 1 to 3 p.m., and Santa arrives at 3 p.m. All events are free.

-- The annual Christmas Luminary starts at 6 p.m. Dec. 14 in the Desert Plateau neighborhood in Pasco, off Argent Road. Hundreds of brightly-decorated homes will be lit up for the holidays including a runway of candlelit bags along the streets.

-- A Handbell Concert is at 7 p.m. Dec 14 at Kennewick First Presbyterian Church, 2100 W. Kennewick Ave. Admission is free. Also performing will be the Columbia Chorale.

-- The Christmas Choral Festival is at 7 p.m. Dec 14-15 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 895 W. Gage Blvd., Richland. Admission is free.

-- The Gallery Aglow holiday open house is 1 from 3 p.m. Dec 15 and 18 at the Allied Arts Gallery, 89 Lee Blvd., next to Howard Amon Park in Richland.

There will be refreshments, holiday music and complimentary gift wrapping. Admission is free.

-- The CREHST museum will feature a Christmas village exhibit through Jan. 9. The village has approximately 35 sets consisting of one or more items, and some of the pieces are from The Department 56 Dickenson Collection.

The museum is at 95 Lee Blvd., Richland, next to Howard Amon Park. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, and from noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $5 adults and $4 seniors and students.

-- Choirs from Tri-City Lutheran churches will perform holiday concerts at 7 p.m. Dec. 13 at First Lutheran Church, 418 N. Yelm St., Kennewick.

Admission is free, but donations are welcome.

-- The Gesa Power House Theatre will have a Home for the Holidays bazaar and kids day event from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 14-15 at the historic theater in downtown Walla Walla.

Festivities include a visit from Santa, music, activities for kids, cookie decorating and arts and crafts. Admission is free.

-- Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus pay a visit to the Holiday Open House from 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 14 at the Franklin County Historical Museum, 305 N. Fourth Ave., Pasco.

Other festivities include caroling and homemade treats. The museum has been decked out with old-fashioned holiday flair. Admission is free.

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