About 30,000 paper bags flickering with candles will line sidewalks for the annual Desert Plateau Neighborhood Luminaria on Dec. 13.
The light show starts at 6 p.m. with about 1,500 homes turning on their outdoor holiday lights and setting out bags filled with sand and candles to light the neighborhood for a few hours.
And new this year, the Desert Plateau homeowners have partnered with the Pasco School District and Second Harvest for a Fill The Bus project. A school bus will be parked at McGee Elementary School, 4601 Horizon Drive, to gather nonperishable food for the needy.
People driving through to see the lights are encouraged to swing by before or after to drop off food items.
William Robb, this year’s event coordinator, said visitors to the luminaria can park their cars at McGee school and walk through the neighborhoods, while others can drive slowly up and down the streets. Carolers will roam the streets and Santa will hand out cuddly teddy bears to some kids who visit the Robbs’ driveway at 4816 Desert Plateau Drive.
Desert Plateau is a residential area west of the Tri-Cities Airport off Argent Road. Visitors who turn right at Road 36 off Argent can’t miss the neighborhood of lights on the hillside.
“Our mission centers on celebrating the holidays together with friends, family and neighbors,” Robb said. “And collaborating with the Pasco School District and Second Harvest to gather food for the needy makes this year’s event even better.”
“It’s worth bringing the family up here,” he said. “All the lights in these neighborhoods are beautiful, Santa is a lot of fun, and if you can, bring some nonperishable food for the Fill The Bus project.”