Holiday events roundup: Boat parade lighting up river Dec. 13-14

Dori O'Neal, Tri-City HeraldDecember 10, 2013 

Bundle up and head for the shoreline Dec. 13-14 because the ever-popular Christmas lighted boat parade will be on the Columbia River.

Viewing is possible at a number of spots, from sitting in a warm car anywhere in Columbia Park to the jetties on Clover Island in Kennewick, the Pasco shoreline or Howard Amon Park in Richland.

A couple dozen boats will take part in the parade of floating lights, some with animation and music.

The city of Richland plans daylong festivities for the whole family starting at 10 a.m. Dec. 13-14 at the community center.

The Tri-Cities Model Railroaders will have a display from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. each day in the game room at the center. The Tubadors, Chordsmen and Sweet Adelines perform a concert starting at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 13 in the Riverview Room. And at 6:30 p.m. both days, Santa will visit the warming fire at Howard Amon Park.

And remember to take a drive through the Desert Plateau neighborhood off Argent Road in Pasco on Dec. 14 for its annual Christmas Luminaria, which starts at 6 p.m. Hundreds of brightly-decorated homes will be lit up for the holidays with a runway of candlelit bags along the streets.

See the list below for details as well as a slew of other fun holiday events.

-- The annual Charity Holiday Light Show is from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 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 site selling beverages and food. Visitors are asked to bring a nonperishable food item that will be donated to Second Harvest.

-- A Christmas Lighting Festival is Dec. 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. 13-15 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 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.

-- A Snowflake dinner and dance featuring the Big Easy Band is from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Parkview Estates senior living complex, 7820 W. Sixth Ave., Kennewick.

All seniors who live in the Tri-Cities are invited. Admission is free. Call 734-9773.

-- The Elf on the Shelf storytime is at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 13 at Barnes & Noble Booksellers at Columbia Center mall in Kennewick.

-- 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.

-- Richland's annual Winter Wonderland series is Dec. 13-14 at Howard Amon Park and the community center.

-- 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.

-- Christmas carnival and train rides is from 2 to 5 p.m. Dec. 14 and 21 at Camp Kiwanis at the north end of Columbia Park in Kennewick. Admission is $5 general and free for ages 5 and younger. Cost includes train rides on the J&S Express, photos with Santa, a Polar Express storytime, performance by Big Top the Clown, crafts and snacks, cider and hot chocolate.

Proceeds go toward scholarships for Mid-Columbia students.

-- Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus will 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.

-- A Nativity Open House and Concert is from 3 to 8 p.m. Dec. 14 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Pasco's North Stake. A collection of Nativity scenes will be on exhibit, and there will be a free concert from 6 to 6:45 p.m. Call 509-266-4466.

There also will be a Cool Yule Cabaret show at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14 featuring musicians Mark Brown, Emily Riley, Jennifer Northan, Gary Romjue, Adam Kirtley and other jazz and blues artists.

-- 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 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.

-- 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 Columbia Chorale choral group, under the direction of Steve Halliday, performs its annual Winter Wishes Christmas concert at 3 p.m. Dec. 15 at the First Presbyterian Church, 2001 W. Kennewick Ave.

The 45-voice choir will sing sacred and popular Christmas music. Also performing will be the Bells of the Desert bell choir, along with soloists and a selection of other small music groups.

Admission is free, and a reception will follow the concert.

-- 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.

-- A big band Christmas concert starts at 7 p.m. Dec. 20-21 in the theater at Columbia Basin College in Pasco. Featured performers include the CBC Jazz Orchestra, Dave Cazier and vocalist Janelle Williams.

Tickets cost $15 for adults, $10 for students and seniors and are available at the door.

-- A children's Christmas party is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 21 at the Eagles Lodge on Sylvester Street in Pasco.

Festivities include a cookie walk, games, coloring, storytelling and a visit with Santa. Admission is free, and each child will receive a free lunch. Call 585-9732.

-- 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.

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