Richland’s annual Winterfest kicks off today with old-time Christmas shopping in the Uptown Shopping Center and ends Saturday with events in Howard Amon Park.
More than 30 stores in the Uptown plan to stay open between 5-9 p.m. tonight. Luminarias will light pathways throughout the shopping center off George Washington Way. Two classic movies will be shown at the Uptown Theatre beginning at 5 p.m. Admission is free.
Festivities continue at 10 a.m. Dec. 5, when model railroads go on display at the Richland Community Center. The displays will be open for viewing from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 5-6. A number of activities are planned Dec. 5 between 6:30-8:30 p.m. at community center, including family bingo with Santa’s elves, a winter bouncy land, kids’ crafts, popcorn and hot chocolate, games and a photo booth. At 7:15 p.m. Dec. 5, the Lighted Boat Parade is expected to arrive at Howard Amon Park, where there should also be a warming fire.
Santa will be visiting the Uptown Theatre between 2-3:30 p.m. Dec. 6. Other activities feature a number of musical performances at John Dam Plaza, including the CW Mojo Marimba Band from 3-3:30 p.m., Christmas carols by the Richland High School choir from 3:30-4 p.m. and a drum line by Kennewick and Hanford high schools at 3:30 p.m. Santa arrives at John Dam Plaza at 4 p.m. and the lighting of the trees in plaza follows at 4:15 p.m.
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Activities planned between 4:30-8 p.m. Dec. 6 at the Richland Community Center include an ugly sweater contest, a Santa visit, popcorn and hot chocolate and a winter bouncy land. Musical performances between 6-8 p.m. should include the Mid-Columbia Mastersingers, Three River Saxtettes, The Columbia River Chordsmen and others.
Howard Amon Park will host two events Dec. 6 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.: Santa, a warming fire and vendors will be present, and at 7:15 p.m., the Lighted Boat Parade will continues.
Call the city of Richland at 942-7390 for more information.