December 18, 2016
Published: December 18, 2016

Here are some things to do around the Tri-Cities region the week of December 19-25, 2016:
  • The 2016 Living Nativity - December 19, 20, 21 & 22
  • Cirque Dreams Holidaze - December 21
  • Star of Bethlehem Presentation - December 22 & 23
  • Christmas Concert for the Tri-City Union Gospel Mission - December 23
  • Christmas Eve Bird Walk in Amon Creek Natural Preserve - December 24 
  • Holiday Lighted Homes in the Tri-Cities
  • Holiday Cruises 
  • Art & Other Exhibits
  • Bechtel National Planetarium Shows
  • Gesa Carousel of Dreams
  • LIGO Public Tours - 2nd Saturday & 4th Friday of each Month (Note: no tour on December 23)
  • Nightlife Music
  • The REACH Museum
  • Tri-Cities Washington Guide Website
  • Submit Your Community Event

The 2016 Living Nativity - December 19, 20, 21 & 22

Hillspring Church, 1153 Gage Blvd. in Richland
December 19, 20, 21 & 22 at 6:30 & 7:30 p.m. and December 23 at 6, 7 & 8 p.m.
Admission: Adults $10, Kids (5-12) $5, Children 4 and under free

Hillspring Church presents their annual Living Nativity which is a live-action retelling of the Christmas story
with actors and live animals. Attendees will be reminded the true meaning of Christmas is hope. The program has indoor and outdoor elements, so attendees should bundle up.

Tickets online at: or at Kennewick Ranch & Home, Albertson's on Gage Blvd, or at the Hillspring Church office.

Cirque Dreams Holidaze - December 21

Toyota Center in Kennewick
Starts at 7 p.m.
Tickets: $35 - $80 plus fees

Cirque Dreams lights up the 2016 holiday season with its critically acclaimed holiday stage extravaganza Cirque Dreams Holidaze a new cirque show. Broadway musical... and family Christmas spectacular all in one! Hailed by The New York Daily News as a "delicious confection of charm, sparkle and talent by the sleighload & so full of energy it could end our dependence on oil!" Be amazed by this holiday spectacle with over 300 costumes, 20 acts and 30 artists from every corner of the globe.

Star of Bethlehem Presentation - December 22 & 23

CBC Planetarium, 2600 North 20th St. in Pasco
December 22 - doors open at 6 p.m., presentation begins at 6:30 p.m.
December 23 - doors open at 3:30 p.m., presentation begins at 4:00 p.m.
Free and open to the public - seating is limited and will be filled on a first-come basis (max. 99 seats)

Murray Thorson and Dr. Kristy Henscheid will present the fourth annual "The Star of Bethlehem program at the Columbia Basin College Bechtel National Planetarium. Each presentation is an hour long, and uses the planetarium dome to display the historical star events thought to let the Wise Men know Jesus was born, and cause them to search for and find Him.

Christmas Concert for the Tri-City Union Gospel Mission - December 23

Paper Street Brewing Company, 701 The Parkway in Richland
From 7 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Paper Street Brewing Company presents its 4th annual Sweater Party! It's an ugly sweater Christmas party, but brought to the next level because for every extra (non-ugly) sweater you bring to donate to the Tri-City Union Gospel Mission, you'll get a $2 pint of of Paper Street's beer. And make sure to wear your own ugly sweater to join in the contest, the best/worst sweater gets a prize!

So bring a sweater and something from the Tri-City Union Gospel Mission's needed-item list, everything will be delivered the next day on Christmas Eve.

There will be music by The Mistletones (made up of local musicians Aaron Nelson, Dan Hamilton, and Jami Cooper), as well as stories and sing-alongs! Finish your last minute shopping and then join us for some music, fun, and a chance to spread holiday cheer and impact lives!
Tri-City Union Gospel Mission Needed Item List:

Christmas Eve Bird Walk in Amon Creek Natural Preserve - December 24

South entrance to Amon Creek Natural Preserve on the Bonneville Power Association access road off Leslie Road in Richland
From 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Come one, come all! Beginner and experienced birders are welcome to join us this Saturday (Christmas Eve) for a warmup to the annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count. We'll walk the trails of Amon Creek Natural Preserve with experts from the Lower Columbia Basin Audubon Society and learn to identify as many birds as we can by sight and sound. Dress for the weather, bring binoculars if you have them, and we'll see you there!

Holiday Lighted Homes in the Tri-Cities

Here are a couple of the dozen or so lighted homes in the Tri-Cities that you can visit until New Year's Day.

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 synced 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:

Senske Light Show
19400 N. Quay St. In Kennewick

We put up more than 340,000 holiday lights in an animated display open to the public. Park nearby and tune your radio to 100.1 FM. The show runs from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. nightly.


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:
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:

Holiday Cruises

Water2Wine Cruises LLC, 458c Columbia Point Dr. in Richland

Have a "holly, jolly Christmas" aboard our private, luxury yacht for a holiday celebration on the Columbia River. Share the holidays with family and friends from near and far.

Upcoming cruises:
December 20 - Family Holiday Dinner Cruise

Art & Other Exhibits 

Gallery Aglow through December 31
89 Lee Blvd. in Richland
Tuesday - Friday 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Free and open to the public

Do you want to give your friends and family presents as unique and wonderful as they are? Do you want beautiful, handmade wreaths and trees to decorate your house? Stop by the Gallery, located on Lee Boulevard near the entrance of Howard Amon Park, and celebrate the 30th anniversary of their special Gallery Aglow show.

Local artists contribute their incredible talents to the show, submitting items both beautiful and useful, such as ceramics, glassware, jewelry, fiber art and metal work. Unlike presents that can be found at a chain store, these items have been handcrafted with love and care, and each one is a unique piece by a talented artist.

The Gallery at the Park maintains one of the largest retail art collections in the entire Tri-Cities area. Allied Arts Association, which operates the Gallery, has served the community since 1948, providing Tri-Cities residents with a source of art and handicrafts. Every year through November and December, the Gallery at the Park hosts the Gallery Aglow show, featuring hundreds of works created by local and regional artists.

Not only that, but during this event, the Gallery also sells unique wreaths, trees and holiday decorations—all handmade by volunteers at the Gallery. All proceeds on these items go towards Allied Arts Association, which gives back to the community by providing scholarships and by setting up programs like Beads Behind Bars and Art Connection.

The Automatic Ephemeral Art Show Reception - January 6
DrewBoy Creative, 285 Williams Blvd. in Richland
From 7 p.m. - 10 p.m.
$2 suggested donation

An art show opening reception for Cameron & Kathryn Mills -
New mixed media paintings, collages, weavings, sculptures exploring subjects like the DAPL protest in Standing Rock and prison labor in the South. Come out and see our new work. Collaborative audio/visual performance featuring live music from local band V.H.S. digital projection by Cameron & Kathryn. Wine pouring by Miss Rhoda’s Wine Garden. Cookies. The art show runs through January 15.


The REACH - The Columbian Mammoth Discovery
1943 Columbia Park Trail in Richland
Sunday & Monday - closed
Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Admission: $8 adults, $6 students/seniors, kids 5 and under free - annual memberships are also available for purchase

Columbian Mammoths roamed Eastern Washington throughout the Pleistocene Epoch (the last Ice Age).   Cataclysmic Ice Age floods (such as those released from Glacial Lake Missoula) poured across Eastern Washington, sweeping many mammoths and other creatures to their deaths.  Their carcasses, along with other floating debris, were carried downstream into temporary lakes and back waters.

In 1999, a few mammoth remains were discovered and collected south of Kennewick.  The site was left dormant until it was rediscovered in 2008.  At that time, it was also established that the Columbian Mammoth bones at this location are located in Ice Age Flood deposits.  Formal excavation of the site began in September, 2010.  Since the end of the 2014 dig season, nearly 500 samples, including over 90 mammoth bones or bone fragments have been collected.

At the new exhibit, presented by the MCBONES Research Center Foundation, visitors can visualize and understand the process of research, from the first hypothesis to the studying of the bones, soil composition and other natural materials.  There are big bones to see plus, learning more about the digs in 2017.


Cyber Art 509
Members of Cyber Art 509 show their artwork including paintings and photographs at several venues around the Tri-Cities region.

Featured artists include Alice Beckstrom, Greg Ashby, Ed David, Patricia Fleming, Patrick Fleming, Margo Fox, Jaret Maynard, Dave Poynter, Maggie Remington, Pam Sharp, Maja Shaw, Barbara Sutton, Maridy Roper, and Jan Taylor. 

For more information about Cyber Art 509, visit:

Art & Music Festivals - Performing & Visual Art
For more information about non-profit performing & visual art associations and organizations in the Tri-Cities region, visit:

Bechtel National Planetarium Shows

The Bechtel National Planetarium, located on the campus of Columbia Basin College in Pasco, provides life-like, high-definition images and sound using the most state-of-the-art projection system in the Pacific Northwest. The 36-foot panoramic viewing dome can simulate a 3-D effect.  

A typical hour-long show includes a 20-30 minute live presentation and a 25-30 minute full-dome movie. Presentation topics may include solar system or constellation tours, what's visible in the current night sky, and astronomy in the news. 

Showing this week:
Admission: $6 adults, $5 seniors; $3 ages 6-12, free 5 and under.
Tickets and info: and

Attractions & Things to Do
For attractions & things to do around the Tri-Cities region, visit:

Gesa Carousel of Dreams

2901-F. Southridge Blvd. in Kennewick
Friday & Saturday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Sunday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Token Prices: Individual Token: $3, Four for $10, Ten for $20

The Gesa Carousel of Dreams is a world-class piece of art you can ride, touch, and feel. The carousel is a treasure for all generations to visit and enjoy! The carousel consists of 45 horses, three chariots and other features. It averages between 1800 and 2500 riders per weekend.


LIGO Public Tours - 2nd Saturday & 4th Friday of each Month (Note: no tour on December 23)

LIGO Hanford Observatory, west of Richland off Horn Road, 127124 N. Highway 10.
Come take a look at LIGO!  At 1:30 p.m. on the second Saturday and at 3:00 p.m. on the fourth Friday of every month we offer free public drop in tours that will give you an excellent look at our facility.  Tours usually last about two hours. Tours work best for participants of middle school age and up, but all ages are welcome.

Nightlife Music

Tri-City Vibe
For a list of nightlife music events around the Tri-Cities including happy hours, food, beer & wine, visit Tri-City VIBE!
Info: and

Also, check out Tri-Cities Cork & Fork - Tri-Cities, WA foodie page... pictures taken by real people at favorite local establishments. We love food & drink!

Tri-Cities Jam/Open Mic Community
Looking for a place to try out a new song or just want to play and have no gig? The Tri-Cities Jam/Open Mic Community provides a listing of Open Mics and Jam Nights in the greater Tri-Cities area.

Tri-Cities Karaoke
For karaoke venues and a calendar of karaoke events in the Tri-Cities, check out:

Bands, Musicians, Venues and Live Music
For more information on bands, musicians, venues, and live music in the Tri-Cities, visit:

The REACH Museum

1943 Columbia Park Trail in Richland
Sunday & Monday - closed
Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Admission: $8 adults, $6 students/seniors, kids 5 and under free - annual memberships are also available for purchase

Museum exhibits at The REACH celebrate the natural, scientific and cultural history of the Tri-Cities area. You can find hands-on activities for families on Saturdays and other activities that take place each month. Check the REACH calendar.

Also, the Ice-Age Floods related tours will be taking place again in 2017. The schedule is now available.
Info: and

Make a Donation Today - Support The REACH
The REACH is made possible by people like you! Please support the REACH with your generous donation to The REACH Foundation. Every little bit helps us deliver programming and education to learners of all ages. You may also help fund specific projects and programs.

Museums, Interpretive Centers, and History Resources
For information about museums, interpretive centers, and history resources for Tri-Cities Washington and other nearby towns & cities in Southeast Washington and Northeast Oregon, visit:

Tri-Cities Washington Guide Website

For activities to do around the Tri-Cities region including Farmers' Markets, Outdoor Recreation, Wineries, Breweries, Performing Arts & Music, Social Clubs & Groups and more, visit the Tri-Cities Washington Guide website:

This guide has been described as "An Under-the-Hood Guide to Community Culture including Clubs, Annual Events, and Awesome Organizations."

Submit Your Community Event

If you have a community event similar to those published above, you may submit your event for consideration. 

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