-- Richland's annual Winter Wonderland series of holiday events starts Nov. 30. Here's a list of events, which are all free:
From 2 to 4 p.m. Nov. 30, Santa arrives at the Uptown Shopping Center mall at the corner of Williams Boulevard and George Washington Way.
Santa next visits John Dam Plaza at 4:30 p.m. to open the tree-lighting ceremony. There will be caroling and a warming fire for visitors to enjoy.
Then at 9:30 p.m., The Richland Players perform a variety show.
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From 5 to 10 p.m. Dec. 13-14, activities take place at the Richland Community Center before the Lighted Boat Parade pulls into Howard Amon Park.
There will be a model railroaders display, holiday music by the Tri-City Tubadours at 6:30 p.m. and the Chordsmen and Sweet Adelines harmony groups at 6:30 p.m.
-- The Festival of Lights parade starts at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 29 at Newport Park behind Eastside Market in Hermiston. The parade travels down Hurlburt Avenue to Second Street, then turns on Main Street and Seventh Street, ending at the park.
-- Toy Train Christmas is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 30 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.
-- Prosser's Family Christmas Festival starts at 4 p.m. Dec. 1 at Depot Square, 1230 Bennett Ave. Admission is free. Call 509-786-317. The lighting of the Christmas Tree and Depot Square will start at dark. Santa will be available for parents to take pictures of the kids.
-- The White Bluffs Quilt Museum will hold a holiday open house from 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 1 at the museum, 294 Torbett St., Richland.
More than 500 hats will be on display, which were knitted by museum quilters and will be donated to area homeless through the Union Gospel Mission in Pasco.
There also will be a drawing for a $4,000 Baby Lock sewing machine at the event. Tickets cost $1.
-- 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 a Messiah sing-a-long 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 www.midcolumbiamastersingers.org.
-- The Holiday Parade of Lights starts at 5 p.m. Dec. 3 in downtown Walla Walla. The parade starts at Boyer Avenue and Palouse Street, travels south one block to Alder Street then turns west to Fifth Avenue, north on Fifth to Main Street, then east on Main to Palouse and ends at Boyer.
-- 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. 4-15 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.
-- Kirkman House Museum in Walla Walla will hold its annual holiday bazaar and Christmas Jubilee from noon to 8 p.m. Dec. 5-6. 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.
-- 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.
-- A Christmas Lighting Festival is Dec. 6-8, 13-15, 20-22 in Leavenworth. A complete list of events is at www.leavenworth.org/event/2436.
-- 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.
-- 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 Fashion 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.
-- 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.
-- 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.