December 16, 2017
Published: December 16, 2017

Here are some things to do around the Tri-Cities region the week of December 18-24, 2017:
  • Living Nativity - December 19, 20, 21, 22 & 23
  • Family Polar Express Adventure - December 21
  • Lecture: Dupus Boomer's PREFABulous Richland - December 21
  • Christmas Holiday Bazaar - December 23 & 24
  • Festival of Lights at John Dam Plaza through December 30
  • Tri-City Holiday Lights Map 2017
  • Art Exhibits
  • Nightlife Music
  • The REACH Museum
  • Bechtel National Planetarium Shows
  • LIGO Public Tours
  • Tri-Cities Washington Guide Website
  • Submit Your Community Event

Living Nativity - December 19, 20, 21, 22 & 23

Hillspring Church, 1153 Gage Blvd. in Richland
- Tuesday & Wednesday performances at 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
- Thursday - Saturday performances at 6 p.m., 7 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Tickets: Adults $10, kids (5-12) $5, under five free

The song of hope that came as a babe in the manger transformed that shepherd’s life, as it can yours. Experience the Living Nativity at our traditional telling of the Christmas story, with performances from December 19 through December 23 in south Richland.

The local cast features Mary, Joseph, Baby Jesus, angels, Roman soldiers, majestic kings, and shepherd families. Live animals — including camels, sheep, cows, horses and donkeys — help tell the story. The Living Nativity journey begins inside the church, but be prepared to bundle up as the Christmas story concludes dramatically outside around the manger.
Info & Tickets:

Family Polar Express Adventure - December 21

Central Church, 1124 Stevens Dr. in Richland
From 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Free to attend

Hosted by Down Syndrome Association of the Mid-Columbia - 

We will enjoy a reading of the Polar Express by Conductor Hank Sauer. Hank has been doing these readings for over 15 years and is excited to come read to us! After the reading we will be showing The Polar Express movie and enjoy a hot chocolate bar and treats with friends! We look forward to sharing this fun way to get into the spirit of Christmas. Hope to see you all there... Oh and pajamas are totally encouraged.

Lecture: Dupus Boomer's PREFABulous Richland - December 21

Richland Public Library, 955 Northgate Dr. in Richland
From 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Free to attend

What happens when you take a secret WWII project, add a booming population, and build a city in the desert? 

You have to ask Dupus Boomer all about the PREFABulous Richland! Join Terry and Connie as they use Dupus (a blue-collar Dilbert of the 1940s) to introduce the people and the places of the atomic pioneers in Richland, WA. 

Interwoven with Dupus' irreverent commentary on life in the prefab houses are stories from real people who came from all over the country to live and work in a place so desolate that Dupus' son once asked him "Pop, How far are we from the United States?"

Christmas Holiday Bazaar - December 23 & 24

508 E. 1st Ave on the corner of Gum and 1st Ave. in Kennewick
Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Free admission

Join us for last minute Christmas Shopping! We will be giving away 30 Swag Bags to guests both days. Hosted by The Family Resource Center of the Tri-Cities.

Festival of Lights at John Dam Plaza through December 30

John Dam Plaza in Richland
From 5 p.m. - Midnight
Free to attend

The City of Richland and HAPO Community Credit Union bring you The HAPO Festival of Lights every night in December from 5 p.m. to midnight in John Dam Plaza. Enjoy the lights, music and animated displays, even a satellite image of Santa's elves in the toy shop.

On Friday and Saturday Nights, through December 23, Latte Lovin and KettleKorn will be available from 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. to purchase refreshments.

Be sure to enter the Facebook Contest! Snap a picture of you or your group enjoying the lights and tag City of Richland Government (@RichlandWA) and HAPO Community Credit Union (@HAPOCU). The drawing will take place on Wednesday, December 20.

Tri-City Holiday Lights Map 2017

The Tri-City Herald has published an interactive map of holiday lights displays in the Tri-Cities to plan your viewing excursions.

Art Exhibits

Drewboy Creative: Andrew Hill Art Show through December 31
Confluent Space, 285 Williams Blvd. in Richland
Gallery hours: Wednesday-Friday: 5-8 p.m., Saturday & Sunday: 12-8 p.m.

"While only 23, Andrew is an old soul pulling wisdom from neoclassicism and romanticism. Andrew takes inspiration from 19th century artist Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, Eugène Delacroix and James McNeill Whistler," according to a news release. 

Gallery Aglow through December 30
Gallery at the Park, 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.
Sunday 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Free and open to the public

Throughout November and December, the Gallery will literally "glow" with a large selection of gift ideas from our many talented artists. The variety of handmade regional and local artwork is exceptional. Every piece of art work is original and one of a kind. We have the area's largest selection of original paintings, photography, collage work, glass work, ceramics, wood work, many different types of greeting cards, yard ornaments, outstanding fiber artwork, and probably the broadest and best selection of quality jewelry you'll ever find anywhere! The categories noted here are "just the tip of the iceberg". Come in and have a look for yourself. 

To compliment the work by our artists a group of talented and happy "elves" have had fun redesigning holiday trees, and table and wall decorations for the fall and winter holiday seasons. These treasures are available to you at a minimal price. All proceeds from these fund raiser sales go towards Allied Arts Association's outreach to the community by bringing you a rich variety of visual arts opportunities which include workshops, exhibits and scholarships.

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

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

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 calendarAlso, space is available for club meetings and events for a nominal fee.
Info and

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:

Bechtel National Planetarium Shows

Columbia Basin College, 2600 N. 20th Ave. (Bldg D), in Pasco
Admission: $6 adults, $5 seniors; $3 ages 6-12, free 5 and under (purchase tickets online)
  • December 22: Secrets of the Sun at 7 p.m. and Cell! Cell! Cell! at 8 p.m.
  • December 23: Planetarium Closed
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.
Tickets and info and

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

LIGO Public Tours

LIGO Hanford Observatory, west of Richland off Horn Road, 127124 N. Highway 10.

Come take a look at LIGO!  At 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. on the second Saturday 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.

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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