- Grandview - Christmas Trees on the Farm - November 25 & 26, December 2, 3, 9 & 10
- Dayton - Christmas Kick Off - November 25 & 26
- Richland - Santa & Reindeer at Beaver Bark - November 25 through December 24
- Benton City - Red Mountain Country Christmas - November 25-27, December 2-4 & 9-11
- Pendleton - Breakfast with Santa - November 26
- Yakima - Light Up the Plaza - November 26
- Toppenish - Lighted Parade - November 26
- Toppenish - Toy Train Christmas - November 26 & 27, December 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 & 18
- Prosser - Free Movie: A Christmas Story - November 27
- Prosser - Family Christmas Festival - November 27
- Hermiston - Winter Festival - December 1 and Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays through December 23
- Sunnyside - Festival of Trees Benefit - December 2
- Milton-Freewater - Christmas Light Parade - December 2
- Richland - Winter Wonderland - December 2 & 3
- Tri-Cities - Christmas Lighted Boat Parade - December 2 & 3
- Pendleton - Family Day and Festival of Trees Celebration & Auction - December 2 & 3
- Sunnyside - Kids Lighted Christmas Parade & Lighted Farm Implement Parade - December 2 & 3
- Kennewick - Merry Little Christmas Village - December 3 & 10
- Yakima - Holiday Open House @ The Yakima Valley Museum - December 3
- Walla Walla - Macy's Parade of Lights - December 3
- Hermiston - Festival of Trees Benefit & Family Day - December 3 & 4
- Kennewick - Capturing Christmas Celebration - December 4
- Yakima - Downtown Holiday Light Parade - December 4
- Kennewick - Senske Holiday Light Show & Open House - December 9 & 10
- Yakima - Annual Luminaria - December 9 & 10
- Benton City - Winterfest & Lighted Parade - December 10
- Pasco - Christmas en la Plaza - December 10
- Yakima - Santa Claus Trolley - December 10 & 11, 17 & 18
- Union Gap - Lighted Christmas Parade - December 11
- Granger - Tour of Lights - December 15
- Pasco - 31st Annual Desert Plateau Neighborhood Luminaria - December 17
- Lighted Homes in the Tri-Cities
Grandview - Christmas Trees on the Farm - November 25 & 26, December 2, 3, 9 & 10Bill's Berry Farm, 3674 N. County Line Rd. in Grandview
From 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Begin your family's Christmas preparations with a trip to the farm for a fresh cut Christmas tree. The fun begins Thanksgiving weekend and continues into December. Come start a new family tradition here at the farm!
Our park looks absolutely stunning decked in hundreds of fresh cut trees, scores of beautiful handmade wreaths and garlands, and oodles of twinkling Christmas lights. Place an order for a custom wreath or length of garland and we'll make it while you watch.
Browse our beautiful Barn Store decked out in holiday cheer, with beautiful ornaments, decor, and great gifts for your entire list. Enjoy a caroling hayride around the farm for a donation to the local food bank, sip a cup of hot cocoa or hot cider by the bonfire, and try a delicious vanilla sugar donut (Farm Wife Julie's absolute favorite flavor!).
Dayton - Christmas Kickoff - November 25 & 26Dayton is "the town that still believes" and this is never more apparent than during the Christmas Kickoff event. Visitors and attendees can always expect great fireworks, hay rides, Santa on Main Street, a lighted Christmas parade, wine tasting, a Christmas market, multiple venues for shopping and entertainment and much, much more. This is a true two-day event with fireworks and a lighted parade on Friday night.
Richland - Santa & Reindeer at Beaver Bark - November 25 through December 24Beaver Bark Gift & Garden Center, 607 Aaron Dr. in Richland
Free to visit the reindeer, photo packages with Santa: $11-$50
Reindeer visiting hours:
Monday-Saturday 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Sunday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Photo sessions - times vary - visit booking link below
Santa brought two of his reindeer that you can visit before he needs them back on Christmas Eve. In addition, you can visit Santa and Mrs. Claus will take a memorable photo.
Benton City - Red Mountain Country Christmas - November 25-27, December 2-4 & 9-11Red Mountain Trails, 27314 E Ambassador Pr NE in Benton City
From 12 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Wagon Rides: $5.00 per person or 2 ride free with purchase of tree.
Tree Prices: Vary.
Come on out to Red Mountain Trails for your Christmas tree this season and take the family on a horse-drawn wagon ride. We will have a selection of premium Christmas trees available, a bonfire, hot chocolate and the horse-drawn wagon rides. It's a wonderful event to bring your family and friends for a day in the country. We will be open Friday - Sunday through December 11th.
Pendleton - Breakfast with Santa - November 26Pendleton Recreation Center, 500 SW Dorion Ave. in Pendleton
From 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Admission: $3 per person
Bring the whole family. Admission includes a delicious VFW pancake breakfast (juice or coffee, hotcakes, and sausage), the little ones meet with Santa, plus we'll have free balloons, face painting and a simple craft. This is a great holiday tradition.
Ice Rink Opens Too!
The ice rink at Roy Raley Park will be open from Noon to 8:00 p.m. Admission and skate rental is $3.50 or bring your own skates and pay $2.50.
Yakima - Light Up the Plaza - November 26Millennium Plaza in downtown Yakima
From 6 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Come downtown and enjoy the annual lighting of the holiday tree at Millennium Plaza (S 3rd Street in front of the Capitol Theatre). Enjoy live music by American Honey and a visit from Santa.
Toppenish - Lighted Parade - November 26Downtown Toppenish
Starts at 6 p.m.
Horse and mule-drawn wagons of all types, including Conestoga, trolley, stagecoaches and buggies, all lighted and decorated for Christmas and farm equipment also lighted.
Parade begins in the Farm Worker Clinic parking lot on West 1st Ave. Parade route heads east on West 1st Ave., turning north on South Toppenish Ave. going through downtown ending at the Northern Pacific Railroad Museum, Train Depot.
Photo credit: Gordon King/Yakima Herald-Republic
Toppenish - Toy Train Christmas - November 26 & 27, December 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 & 18Train Depot, 8 Asotin Ave. in Toppenish
From 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Admission: $8 for adults, $5 for kids
Toy Train Christmas is intended to bring back the days of old when toy trains were common around the Christmas tree. Trains range from very old to new models. There will be many hands on activities including crafts projects and a caboose full of toy trains designed for younger children to operate.
The caboose ride from the depot to the "North Pole" to see Santa is a delight for children ages 1 to 100. Festivities include free hot chocolate and cookies. Optional photographs with Santa are available.
Prosser - Free Movie: A Christmas Story - November 27
Showings at 2 p.m. & 5:30 p.m.
The Prosser Chamber of Commerce's Free Movie is "A Christmas Story" on Sunday with two showings at 2 p.m. & 5:30 p.m. Plan to attend the movie, then head to the Depot for the annual Christmas Tree Lighting! Or - go to the Christmas Tree Lighting, then head to the Princess Theatre for the free movie!
Prosser - Family Christmas Festival - November 27
Starts at 4 p.m.
Join us for our annual Family Christmas Festival in Depot Square! With fun activities for all ages that include Caroling, Lighting the Depot,and Bonfires with hot dogs and marshmallows. Make sure you stop and visit Santa and his helpful elves, and stick around for the gift drawing... everyone takes something home!
Hermiston - Winter Festival - December 1 and Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays through December 23
From 5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.
There will be music, light show, food vendors, face painting & more!
5:30 p.m. - Music by BBPD (until 8 p.m.)
6:00 p.m. - Santa will arrive!
6:15 p.m. - Tree Lighting
Light shows will occur everything 30 minutes between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays through December 23. Additional entertainment will be provided on Saturdays.
Sunnyside - Festival of Trees Benefit - December 2
From 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Tickets: $40 per person (To reserve tickets, please call: (509) 837-1640. Tickets may also be purchased at the door.)
The Festival of Trees is an annual holiday fundraiser that we host at the Sunnyside Community Center. The event will feature beautifully decorated trees, music, hors d’oeuvres, local wines and beer, and non-alcoholic drinks.
Milton-Freewater - Christmas Light Parade - December 2From 6 p.m. - 7 p.m.
The parade starts on NE 8th and Main street and travels along main street and ends at the El Sombrero parking lot.
Richland - Winter Wonderland - December 2 & 3
On Saturday, December 3rd, the festivities continue at Howard Amon Park and Richland Community Center. There will be Bounce Houses, Visits with Santa, the lighted boat parade and much more. Help us count down to Christmas with Richland Parks & Recreation, HAPO Community Credit Union and BMW of Tri-Cities!
Tri-Cities - Christmas Lighted Boat Parade - December 2 & 3The lighted boat parade starts each night at 6 p.m. under the Cable Bridge at Clover Island and travels up river on the Kennewick side along Columbia Park. Around 7:30 p.m., the parade turns around at the far end of Howard Amon Park in Richland and travels back down river on the same course.
The parade arrives back at Clover Island and makes an additional loop for everyone on the island before heading back into the Clover Island Marina at around 9 p.m.
Pendleton - Family Day and Festival of Trees Celebration & Auction - December 2 & 3
Festival of Trees: December 2 starts at 6 p.m. - tickets $30 per person
Family Day: December 3 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - free admission
The Festival of Trees Celebration & Auction on December 2 is a benefit for the Pioneer Relief Nursery. The celebration starts at 6 p.m. and features large and small beautifully theme decorated trees, delicious hors d' oeuvres, music and beverages. A silent auction runs throughout the evening with the live tree auction beginning at 7 p.m.
Family Day is on December 3. Families can experience a full day of activities and entertainment including a visit with Santa Claus. The Family Fun Day is free of charge.
Info & Tickets: https://www.sahpendleton.org/foundation/festival-of-trees/
Sunnyside - Kids Lighted Christmas Parade & Lighted Farm Implement Parade - December 2 & 3Visit Sunnyside for a weekend of Christmas spirit, starting with the Kids' Lighted Christmas Parade and Festival of Trees on Friday, December 2nd, and a fun packed day of activities, Saturday, December 3rd culminating with the 28th Annual Lighted Farm Implement Parade at 6:30 p.m.
Sunnyside's Lighted Farm Implement Parade is believed to be the oldest lighted farm implement parade in the nation and is designed to pay tribute to Sunnyside's agricultural heritage. With over 70+ lighted farm implements and vehicles participating annually, this yearly tradition is designed to capture the spirit of Christmas.
Kennewick - Merry Little Christmas Village - December 3 & 10
From 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Start at Flag Plaza
Please join us at Flag Plaza on Saturday, December 3rd and 10th for a fun filled family event to celebrate the fourth annual Public Ice Skating Rink and the “Merry Little Christmas Village”.
Entertainment will consist of Ice Skating, Christmas Music, children visiting with Santa and Mrs. Claus, taking pictures, hay rides, hourly reading of the Polar Express, face painting, crafts, carolers and games all over Downtown Kennewick. Families will be able receive their map of the “Polar Express Train” at participating merchants and walk the streets visiting locations for giveaways, crafts, wreath making and more!
On December 3, Elsa is returning to Heidi's Mercantile from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Heidi's Mercantile is proud to welcome back The Snow Queen herself - Elsa from Arendelle. Bring your princess to meet the queen. Photos will be available.
Also, on December 10, Princess Ariel is coming to Heidi's Mercantile from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Heidi's Mercantile is proud to host Princess Ariel. Bring your princess to have a meet and greet photos will be available.
Yakima - Holiday Open House @ The Yakima Valley Museum - December 3
Free admission, light refreshments, and performances
A seasonal tradition continues at the Yakima Valley Museum with our annual Holiday Open House. Enjoy live musical performances by some of Yakima's most talented youth artists. Plus we will be drawing the winning ticket for this year's quilt raffle, "Bear Tracks in the Snow."
11:00 a.m. - Music by the Yakima Youth Symphony
Noon - Yakima Children's Choir
12:45 p.m. A Melody Lane Singers Holiday Show
Walla Walla - Macy's Parade of Lights - December 3Downtown Walla Walla
The Macy’s Parade of Lights has been a Christmas community event that has characterized the spirit of our Valley. The parade has grown both in the number of floats and spectators; 75 floats and thousands of smiling faces. This year, the parade route will be modified to match the Frontier Days Parade... meaning that the parade will travel east on Alder to Palouse and west on Main Street to Sixth. There will be no street parking on Main and Alder during the event.
Note: the annual Holiday Wine Barrel Tasting event is also taking place this weekend so parking restrictions are in effect along the parade route.
Holiday Wine Barrel Tasting: http://www.wallawallawine.com/holiday-barrel-tasting/
Hermiston - Festival of Trees Benefit & Family Day - December 3 & 4
Festival of Trees Dinner & Auction - December 3:
The 2016 Festival of Trees Dinner & Auction will be held December 3rd at 6:00 p.m. Tickets for the dinner & auction are $35 (21+ only event). This annual fundraiser is put on by the Good Shepherd Community Health Foundation and Breakfast Kiwanis of Hermiston. The GSCH Foundation funds projects in the community which promote health and wellness, and the Kiwanis fund projects benefiting children in the community.
Family Day - December 4:
Family Day is from noon to 4 pm. Children of all ages can enjoy decorating cookies, writing letters to Santa, making ornaments, pics with Santa and more activities and entertainment. A $5 donation is suggested per family.
Tickets are available from the Hermiston Chamber of Commerce and Good Shepard Administrative Offices.
Kennewick - Capturing Christmas Celebration - December 4The Living Room Community Church, 1409 S. Garfield St. in Kennewick
From 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Free to attend
You're invited to Capturing Christmas! Featuring - Living Nativity (Actors, Live Animals), Christmas Caroling, Fire-pits, Food Trucks, Hay-Ride, Snow-Ball Fights, and Smores. Buy your own food from food trucks...
Yakima - Downtown Holiday Light Parade - December 4
Kennewick - Senske Holiday Light Show & Open House - December 9 & 10400 N Quay in Kennewick
Friday from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Saturday from 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Cost: free but donations are being collected for 2nd Harvest
The annual holiday light show at Senske headquarters is a proud tradition 14 years running. They put up more than 500,000 holiday lights in an animated display open to the public. Lights are synced with music creating a beautiful melody of dancing holiday lighting.
Senske partners with 2nd Harvest to raise awareness and accept non-perishable food and cash donations for those in need. Dutch Bros. Coffee and Between the Buns will be on hand providing hot food and drinks with proceeds going to 2nd Harvest. Photos with Santa are available with every donation.
Yakima - Annual Luminaria - December 9 & 10Cost is free but donations accepted.
Bundle up and head to the Yakima Area Arboretum for one of the grandest Luminaria walks in the Pacific Northwest on December 9 & 10 from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. both nights. Yakima Transit will be offering a free shuttle service from the well-lit and paved Kmart parking lot across the street to the front doors of the Jewett Interpretive Center for the start of your candle-lit walk.
Luminaria features a pathway through the Arboretum's wintery landscape lit by the light over a 1000 candles. While walking the trail people will enjoy listening to the music of the Arboretum’s Carillon Bell Tower, see groves of trees strung with 1000's of twinkling lights before heading to the Jewett Interpretive Center to warm up with a cup of Starbuck's coffee, hot Tree Top apple cider, hot chocolate, and/or tasty treats from the kitchens of Zirkle Fruit.
Live music performed each hour by various local artists, fun children's crafts, and shopping in the Tree House Gift Shop.
Benton City - Winterfest & Lighted Parade - December 10Our Annual Winterfest, second Saturday in December, contains over 80+ vendors located in our High School facilities. Along with music, food, a Kid Zone, and the ever famous Santa Claus! Start off in the AM with our Santa 5k and 1 mile Reindeer Trot at 9 a.m.
Then hoof it on down to High School for refreshments and Shopping!! Then wrap up the family in their coats and hats and head downtown for the Lighted Parade at 5 p.m. Wrapping it up in the park for City Tree Lighting at 6 p.m. along with cocoa and cookies.
Pasco - Christmas en la Plaza - December 10From 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Come join us to spread good cheer under the lights of Peanuts Plaza in Downtown Pasco (Next to Viera's Bakery)! There will be lots of Christmas Spirit, Lights and a community tree to decorate. Our committee is working hard to make this event a lot of fun!
Yakima - Santa Claus Trolley - December 10 & 11, 17 & 18
From 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Fare: $6 for adults all ages; $3 for children
Ho, ho, ho! Santa Claus decided to give the reindeer a break and travel by trolley instead. Please join Santa and the Yakima Valley Trolleys for this popular annual event. Santa will be riding the festive trolleys. Back at the museum there will be treats and cheer for all!
Purchase tickets on the day of the event at the trolley museum's concrete powerhouse building located on South Third Avenue at Pine Street.
Union Gap - Lighted Christmas Parade - December 11Starts @ 6:00 p.m. in Union Gap
Pack up some Hot Cocoa, or a Peppermint Mocha, put on your hat and gloves and pick up the family to head to Union Gap and enjoy the Annual Lighted Christmas Parade Sunday December 11th starting at 6 p.m! Starts at Pepp'rmint Stick and heads North to Sears parking lot. If it's not already a tradition, it's a great time to make it one - See you there!
Granger - Tour of Lights - December 15This Christmas season the Granger Chamber of Commerce will once again have a tour of lights. A school bus will be provided by the Granger School District for the free tour which will start and end at KDNA located at 121 Sunnyside Ave.
The tour will start at 6:00 p.m. and should take about 1 hour. After the tour everyone will meet to enjoy hot chocolate and cookies.
Pasco - 31st Annual Desert Plateau Neighborhood Luminaria - December 17From 6 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Several homes are decorated for the holidays with colored lights and other decorations and driveways will be lined with the luminarias. Santa will be making his annual stop as well!
The neighborhoods participating in the annual luminaria are generally along Road 44 to Burden Boulevard, from Road 36 to Yuma Street. Visitors can either drive slowly through the neighborhoods or park at, and take a leisurely walk.
Project Fill the Bus: Donate non-perishable food items for 2nd Harvest. The bus is located at McGee Elementary on Horizon Drive.
Lighted Homes in the Tri-Cities
Christmas Carol Lane in Kennewick
65 homes are lit up this year at Christmas Carol Lane which is between West 23rd and 26th Avenues and South Kent and Garfield streets, near Canyon View Elementary School in Kennewick. Lights, decorations and oversized music boards are on display nightly starting about 6 p.m., when most neighbors have turned on their lights.
House on Christmas Street
653 N 58th Ave. in West Richland
Go out Van Giesen, right on Grosscup and left on Grey Street. 58th will be your first left off Grey. Tune your radio to 89.5 FM.
20,000 lights dancing with 31 different Christmas songs. All hand programmed, meaning each time the lights change someone programmed it to do that. It is not generated by a computer. Enjoy from the comfort of your warm car as you can listen with your car radio.
The Showalter Christmas Light Display
1300 Alla Vista St. in Richland
2016 represents the seventh year of the Showalter Christmas Light Display. Come enjoy a variety of old and new songs - such as the Snowman Medley, Linus and Lucy (from Charlie Brown), and even the WSU Fight Song - all synched with Christmas lights. Simply tune in to 89.5 FM when you are in front of the house.
Christmas with the Logans
6703 W Olivia Ct. in Pasco
The home of John and Debbie Logan is adorned with over 10000 LED lights. They have been going all out with their light display for the past 20 years. Their light display is featured in the current issue of Living TC: https://issuu.com/tricityherald/docs/living_tc_winter_2016
Tri-City Herald Holiday Lights Map
View the Tri-City Herald Holiday Lights Map to find lighted homes that you can tour until New Year's Day: http://www.tri-cityherald.com/entertainment/holidays/lights/.
Have you spent days or weeks getting your holiday lights display ready? Send a photo or short video to the Herald, and they will include it in their annual online map for readers to plan their viewing excursions. The form to submit photos or videos is at: https://tricityherald.wufoo.com/forms/holiday-lights/.
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