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Arts in brief for Friday, January 9.

Winter Wonderland planned Dec. 6 in Richland

Richland's John Dam Plaza will become a "Winter Wonderland" from 3 to 6 p.m. Dec. 6.

The free event includes hot chocolate, vendors selling hot dogs and kettle corn, caroling and a visit by Santa Claus.

People are encouraged to bring a toy, coat or canned food donation to help make the season merrier for less fortunate families.

At 4 p.m., Mayor John Fox, along with the Nutcracker and Clara from Mid-Columbia Ballet's production of The Nutcracker, will flip the switch to light up the city's community Christmas trees and holiday decorations in the plaza.

Parking is available in The Parkway and adjacent parking lots, including those at city hall and the federal building.

The city plans for this to be the first of an annual event.

'Golden' auditions Dec. 2-3

WALLA WALLA -- Auditions for On Golden Pond, a Little Theatre of Walla Walla production, start at 7 p.m. Dec. 2-3 at the Little Theatre, 1130 E. Sumach St., off Highway 12 at Clinton Street.

Roles are available for three men, two women and one boy. Performance dates are in mid-February for three weekends.

For more information, go to or call 509-529-3683.

Holiday festivities planned in Walla Walla

WALLA WALLA -- Downtown Walla Walla has plenty of holiday festivities coming up starting Nov. 29, which is when the Toys for Tots drive kicks off at the Land Title Plaza at First and Main streets.

The drive is from 9 a.m. to noon, and U.S. Marines will be onsite to help collect new and unwrapped toys donations.

Then on Dec. 1, the annual Gingerbread Houses display opens at the Marcus Whitman Hotel. The public can vote for favorite houses, which were created by local pastry chefs. Admission is free.

The annual Macy's Parade of Lights starts at 6 p.m. Dec. 6 and travels along Alder and Main streets to Palouse Street then on to Fifth Avenue. Kids can visit with Santa following the parade at Inland Octopus, 220 E. Main St.

Christmas event starts Nov. 29 at museum

TOPPENISH -- The Northern Pacific Railway Museum in Toppenish is offering a Toy Train Christmas event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Saturday from Nov. 29 to Dec. 20 and on Sundays, Dec. 14 and 21.

The event includes a caboose ride, candy canes from Santa, hot chocolate and cookies, and there also will be decorated Christmas trees with running model trains on display.

The Northern Pacific Railway Museum is at 10 Asotin Ave.

Razzle Dazzle ticketsavailable for New Year's

Tickets are now on sale for the annual Razzle Dazzle New Year's Eve bash at the Pasco Red Lion.

Cost is $60 and reservations are recommended. Festivities include buffet dinner, midnight champagne, party favors, door prizes, live entertainment and DJ music.

To buy tickets, go to or call 547-9647.

Eagle Walk days start Dec. 6 at Sacajawea

Sacajawea State Park in Pasco will hold an Eagle Walk and Observance Day starting at 4 p.m. Dec. 6, 13, 20 and 27.

The park, which sits at the mouth of the Snake River where it empties into the Columbia, is a winter hangout for American bald eagles. The staff at the park will give visitors some history of the regal birds as well as take a peek at their winter homes.

There is no cost.

Choral festival set Dec. 7 in Kennewick

The annual Christmas Choral Festival -- titled A Celebration of Scripture, Carols and Anthems -- starts at 4 p.m. Dec. 7 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Kennewick.

Ten choirs from Tri-City area churches will take part in the program, which includes the Hallelujah Chorus sung by all the choirs.

Admission to the event is free, but donations are welcome. Money raised will be donated to the Tri-Cities Food Bank.

Sesame Street Live in Yakima on Dec. 9-10

YAKIMA -- Sesame Street Live's Elmo Makes Music event is at 7 p.m. Dec. 9-10 with a 10:30 a.m. performance on Dec. 10 at the Sundome.

Tickets cost from $12 to $20, depending on seat location, and plus service charges. Tickets are available at or call 800-325-SEAT.