November 23, 2017
Published: November 23, 2017

As Christmas approaches, several communities in the Tri-Cities region are sponsoring Holiday Festivals that include Lighted Events. You can find events for Tri-Cities, Dayton, Walla Walla, Yakima, Toppenish, Hermiston, Sunnyside, Prosser, Grandview, Pendleton, and Benton City.
  • Dayton: Christmas Kick Off - November 25 & 26
  • Richland: Santa & Reindeer at Beaver Bark - November 24 through December 24
  • Benton City: Red Mountain Country Christmas - November 24 & 25, December 1, 2, 8, 9, 15 & 16
  • Toppenish: Lighted Parade - November 25
  • Toppenish: Toy Train Christmas - November 25 & 26, December 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 & 17
  • Prosser: Family Christmas Festival - November 26
  • Sunnyside: Festival of Trees Benefit - December 1
  • Milton-Freewater: Christmas Light Parade - December 1
  • Richland: Winter Wonderland - December 1 & 2
  • Tri-Cities: Christmas Lighted Boat Parade - December 1 & 2
  • Pendleton: Winterfest & Family Day - December 1 & 2
  • Sunnyside: Kids Lighted Christmas Parade & Lighted Farm Implement Parade - December 1 & 2
  • Kennewick: Merry Little Christmas Village & Holiday Parade - December 2
  • Walla Walla: Parade of Lights - December 2
  • Hermiston: Festival of Trees Benefit & Family Day - December 2 & 3
  • Yakima: Lighted Holiday Parade - December 3
  • Kennewick: Senske Holiday Light Show & Open House - December 8 & 9
  • Yakima: Annual Luminaria - December 8 & 9
  • Benton City: Winterfest & Lighted Parade - December 9
  • Pasco: Winter Fest - December 9
  • Yakima: Santa Claus Trolley - December 9 & 10, 16 & 17
  • Union Gap - Lighted Christmas Parade - December 10
  • Granger: Tour of Lights - December 12
  • Pasco: 32nd Annual Desert Plateau Neighborhood Luminaria - December 16
Check back later for updates on lighted homes on display in the Tri-Cities!

Dayton: Christmas Kickoff - November 25 & 26

Dayton, WA
Free family fun

Dayton will hold its annual holiday kickoff festival November 24 & 25 in the downtown area.

Dayton is "the town that still believes" and this is never more apparent than during the two-day Christmas Kickoff event that starts the day after Thanksgiving. Visitors can always expect great fireworks, hay rides, Santa on Main Street, a lighted Christmas parade, Living Nativity, a Christmas market, multiple venues for shopping and entertainment and more. This two-day event will feature fireworks and a lighted parade on Friday night.
Info & Schedule:

Richland: Santa & Reindeer at Beaver Bark - November 24 through December 24

Beaver Bark Gift & Garden Center, 607 Aaron Dr. in Richland

Santa arrives at 11 a.m. on Friday, November 24 for photo sessions through December 24. See schedule below. Also, come meet Santa's Reindeer, Dasher & Dancer! It's your chance to visit them during store hours before Santa needs them back on Christmas Eve.

Santa's Hours:
Nov. 24, 25, 26: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
December 1-21:
Weekdays: 3 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Saturdays: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Sundays: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
December 22 & 23: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Christmas Eve: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Note: You can purchase an Express Pass ticket online and reserve your photo session time with Santa.

Benton City: Red Mountain Country Christmas - November 24 & 25, December 1, 2, 8, 9, 15 & 16

Red 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
Tree Prices: Vary

We're doing it again! Wagon rides on our big red horse-drawn wagon, bonfire, and our Christmas Tree lot. We will have the firepit tables from the Rustic Barrel set up and the draft horse team ready to welcome you and your family. No reservations necessary, first come, first served.
Tree prices vary - we will have some "farmed" and some "wild."


Toppenish: Lighted Parade - November 26

Downtown 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.

Toppenish: Toy Train Christmas - November 25 & 26, December 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 & 17

Train Depot, 8 Asotin Ave. in Toppenish
Saturday and Sunday after Thanksgiving and the first three Saturdays and Sundays in December
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: Family Christmas Festival - November 26

At Prosser's Depot Square
From 3:45 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Free family fun

Enjoy a family evening with Santa Clause, Christmas carolers, gifts for the kids, bonfires, hot cocoa and fun Christmas games. Don't forget to enjoy the Free family Christmas movie featuring The Santa Clause (rated PG) at 2 p.m. or at 5:30 p.m. that is showing at the Princess Theatre.

Sunnyside: Festival of Trees Benefit - December 1

Sunnyside Community Center, 1521 S. 1st St. in Sunnyside
From 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Tickets: $50 per person (To reserve tickets, please call: (509) 837-1310. 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. This is a 21+ event. This is a benefit for the Astria Health Foundation.

Milton-Freewater: Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting - December 1

From 6 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Parade starts at Ace Hardware and ends at Valley Christian Center where you can enjoy cookies and a hot beverage while waiting to visit with Santa and his Elves. Tree Lighting will take place at 7 p.m. at the Valley Christian Center.


Richland: Winter Wonderland - December 1 & 2

Join us for a weekend of fun at the 2nd Annual Winter Wonderland and Tree Lighting at the HAPO Community Stage and kick-off of the HAPO Festival of Lights! Activities are free!

Festivities Include:
Friday, December 1st
5:00 - 7:00 p.m. at John Dam Plaza
Music and refreshments
Countdown to lighting the Park
Take a ride on the Dreamland Express train with Santa

7:00 - 9:00 p.m. at Howard Amon Park
Visit Santa in the Santa House
Watch the lighted boat parade and much more!

Saturday, December 2nd
6:00 - 9:00 p.m. at Howard Amon Park and the Richland Community Center
Arts and crafts
Outdoor Christmas Movie (ELF) Weather Permitting
Warming fires and much more!

Tri-Cities: Christmas Lighted Boat Parade - December 1 & 2

The 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: Winterfest & Family Day - December 1 & 2

Pendleton Convention Center, 1601 Westgate in Pendleton
Festival of Trees: December 1 starts at 6 p.m. - tickets $35 per person
Family Day: December 2 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Free admission

The Festival of Trees Celebration & Auction on December 1 is a benefit for the Children's Museum of Eastern Oregon (CMEO), Pioneer Relief Nursery (PRN) and the Hospital Foundation. The celebration starts at 6 p.m. and features large and small beautifully theme decorated trees, delicious hors d' oeuvres, music and beverages. Then you will enjoy a delicious three course prime rib and seafood dinner. A silent auction runs throughout the evening with the live tree auction beginning at 7 p.m.

Family Day is on December 2 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Families can experience a full day of activities and entertainment including a visit with Santa Claus.

Info & Tickets:

Sunnyside: Kids Lighted Christmas Parade  & Lighted Farm Implement Parade - December 1 & 2

Visit Sunnyside for a weekend of Christmas spirit, starting with the Kids' Lighted Christmas Parade and Festival of Trees on Friday, December 1st, and a fun packed day of activities, Saturday, December 2nd culminating with the 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 50+ lighted farm implements and vehicles participating annually, this yearly tradition is designed to capture the spirit of Christmas.

Kennewick: Merry Little Christmas Village & Holiday Parade - December 2

Historic Downtown Kennewick
From 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Start at Flag Plaza

Welcome Santa to Kennewick on December 2nd with an old fashioned parade and Merry Little Christmas Village festivities!

Come for the parade, stay for the day! Shops and the holiday vendor market opens at 10 a.m., Santa's Parade starts and 10:30 a.m., and activities and entertainment last until 2 p.m. Claus Plaza, at the corner of Kennewick Ave and Benton Ave, is the headquarters of our enchanted winter wonderland.

- Parade and Mayor's presentation of the key to the city 10:30 a.m. (Kennewick Ave between Dayton and Auburn streets)
- Selfies with Santa and Mrs Claus 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
- Santa's Giftshop at Claus Plaza -- a "store" where kids can buy loved ones gifts for less than $2 (proceeds benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of Benton and Franklin Counties - Music & Arts Center) 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
- Outdoor skating rink at Claus Plaza 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
- Local merchants throughout downtown offer holiday specials and treats.
- Hayrides, Polar Express readings, kids activities, holiday gift shopping and more!

Walla Walla: Parade of Lights - December 2

Downtown Walla Walla

There's nothing quite like the magic of a community parade. Walla Walla's annual Macy's Holiday Parade of Lights is a standout event where the community comes together for a beautiful after-dark parade each December. Grab your family, a warm coat, a chair and a warm drink and join us as we kick off the holiday season.


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:

Hermiston: Festival of Trees Benefit & Family Day - December 2 & 3

Hermiston Community Center, SE 3rd St. in Hermiston

(Sold out) Festival of Trees Dinner & Auction - December 2:
The 2017 Festival of Trees Dinner & Auction will be held December 2nd at 6:00 p.m. Tickets for the dinner & auction are $40 (21+ only event). This annual fundraiser will support local causes including health and wellness grants, financial assistance for women returning to school and a renovation of Greenwood Park.

Family Day - December 3:
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.

Yakima - Holiday Lighted Parade - December 3

Join us for the annual Holiday Lighted Parade on December 3 from 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. The route is from 6th Ave to 3rd St. along Yakima Ave. Come enjoy the lighted floats and large trucks and Ag equipment in celebration of the Holiday Season. The parade ends at the community tree on 3rd Street where a Tree Lighting Ceremony will occur at the conclusion of the parade. This is a Free event.

Kennewick: Senske Holiday Light Show & Open House - December 8 & 9

400 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. 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.

Note: the light show will run nightly during December following the open house. Tune your radio to 90.3 FM.

Yakima: Annual Luminaria - December 8 & 9

Cost 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 8 & 9 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 9

Our 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: Winter Fest - December 9

Volunteer Park
From 2 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Pasco Winter Fest is our first ever winter extravaganza. We'll host a wide variety of fun activities and entertainment for the whole family. Come join us for food and retail vendors, kid’s games, music, and a beer and wine garden. Finish off the evening with our first ever Christmas tree lighting; all in Volunteer Park!

Yakima: Santa Claus Trolley - December 9 & 10, 16 & 17

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 10

Starts @ 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 10th starting at 6 p.m! Starts at Pepp'rmint Stick and runs to the Yakima Valley Mall 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 12

The Christmas light tour is Tuesday, December 12th at 6:00 p.m. at NCEC/KDNA Community Center. It is a free community event for all ages. Enjoy a scenic holiday tour of Granger and experience all the joy of the beautiful Christmas lights. After the tour, stay for some delicious hot cocoa and cookies courtesy of the Granger Chamber of Commerce.

Pasco: 32nd Annual Desert Plateau Neighborhood Luminaria - December 16

From 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.

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