December 2, 2017
Published: December 2, 2017

Here are some things to do around the Tri-Cities region the week of December 4-10, 2017:
  • Jubilee Christmas Tour - December 4
  • Tri-City Youth Choir presents Gifts of Christmas - December 4
  • Christmas Alive - December 6, 8, 9 & 10
  • Wizard of Oz National Tour - December 7
  • Bike Build - December 8
  • Three Rivers Coffeehouse presents Wolf's Wrench - December 8
  • Senske Holiday Light Show Open House - December 8 & 9
  • Jazz Night featuring Bob McChesney and Calabria Foti - December 8 & 9
  • A Very Swingin' Basie Christmas - December 8 & 9
  • ACT presents "A Charlie Brown Christmas" and "Frosty the Snowman" - December 8 & 10
  • Mid-Columbia Ballet presents The Nutcracker - December 8-10
  • Benton City's Winterfest - December 9
  • Marché de Noël /Francophone Fête - December 9
  • LIGO Public Tours - December 9
  • Pasco's Winter Fest - December 9
  • An Old Fashioned Christmas Block Party - December 9
  • Merry Christmas with Jason Lyle Black - December 9
  • Bells of the Desert in Concert - December 9
  • Bazaar with Purpose 2017 - December 10
  • Tri-City Americans vs. the Seattle Everett Silvertips - December 10
  • 2017 Holiday Festivals & Lighted Events
  • 2017 Holiday Bazaars
  • Art Exhibits
  • Nightlife Music
  • The REACH Museum
  • Bechtel National Planetarium Shows
  • Tri-Cities Washington Guide Website
  • Submit Your Community Event

Jubilee Christmas Tour - December 4

Faith Tri-Cities, 1800 N Road 72 in Pasco
From 7 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Tickets: Artist Circle $28, General Admission $22 or $25 at the door

Jubilee Christmas and IMC present "The Best of Both" -

Join Legacy Five and Greater Vision, two of America’s favorite Gospel groups, as you enjoy their Gospel hits, and the latest music from these award winning groups. You will enjoy a full Gospel concert followed by Christian music's most popular Christmas show, Jubilee Christmas!

Tri-City Youth Choir presents Gifts of Christmas - December 4

Chief Jo Auditorium, 504 Wilson St. in Richland
Starts at 7 p.m.
Tickets: Reserved Seating: $10 - $12, General Admission: $8 - $10

Come enjoy thrilling entertainment as Forte! & Treble Forte bring the stage alive in the Gifts of Christmas. Each choreographed song features a unique Christmas Gift given from the heart.

Christmas is a time of giving; a time when our hearts turn outward to help those in need; a time when unity exists and love abounds. This year's show, The Gifts of Christmas, features gifts from the heart. It's about discovering the gifts that can't be purchased with money that bring us true joy, not only at Christmas, but the whole year around. The Gifts of Christmas is a high energy show packed with humor, technique, personality and fun. It's family friendly entertainment at its best! We'll see you there!

Tickets can be purchased online, at the Tri-Cities Academy of Ballet and Music in Richland, and at the door before each performance. Forte! is an audition-only show choir for high school students.
Info & Tickets:

Christmas Alive - December 6, 8, 9 & 10

First Baptist Church of Richland, 1107 Wright Ave. in Richland
Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.
Friday at 7:00 p.m.
Saturday at 2:00 p.m.
Sunday at 2:00 p.m.
A Free concert of music and drama

We invite you to the annual Christmas Alive performances featuring the Living Christmas Tree. The only one of its kind in the Tri-Cities. Since 1989, The Living Christmas Tree has been amazing audiences of all ages.

This year with over 10,000 lights and over 70 choir members, we are sure this year will continue the tradition. Come kick off the Christmas season with us, including familiar Christmas carols, new favorites, all too familiar scenes of the season, and inspiring videos to remind you of the true meaning of Christmas. And don't forget to come early for complimentary warm beverages, cookies, and kettle corn.

Childcare provided for each performance up to 3 years of age.

Wizard of Oz National Tour - December 7

Toyota Center in Kennewick
From 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Tickets: $37 - $72 plus fee

Join us for the National Tour of The Wizard of Oz!

This production of The Wizard of Oz is a spectacular celebration of that classic 1939 MGM film. It's a new, refreshed and lavish rendition of the beloved classic. 

Audiences young and old, seeing it for the first time or the fifth, will be dazzled by the brightly colored sets, charmed by its timeless score and enthralled with its breathtaking special effects. It truly is a wonderful show for the whole family. And whether it creates new memories or conjures them up from the past, everyone deserves to experience or relive the wonderful, whimsical and enduring story, The Wizard of Oz.

Bike Build - December 8

Benton Franklin County Fair Grounds, 1500 S. Oak St. in Kennewick
From 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Need volunteers!

10,000 Bikes & helmets in 8 years. Please join us for another great bike build day! With the help of students & community volunteers we are able to build these bikes in one day. Hosted by Bikes for Tikes!

Three Rivers Coffeehouse presents Wolf's Wrench - December 8

All Saints' Episcopal Church, 1322 Kimball Ave. in Richland
From 7:30 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Suggested donation: $8.00 / $6.00 seniors and students. Coffee, tea, and home cooked sweets available by donation.

Wolf's Wrench, featuring Mark Reeder and Steve Cary, will perform their original musical "free range fusion," including songs from their self-produced debut album, "Autumn Journey." Playing everything from 12 string guitar to the Churango from Bolivia, from harp guitar to bass ukelele, Mark Reeder and Steve Cary bring a unique and musical fusion to acoustic music.

Performances begin with an open mic session that may include music, poetry, etc, followed by the featured performer. Sign-ups for the open mic session begin at 7:00 p.m., first come, first served, limit four performers, and two songs each.

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.

Jazz Night featuring Bob McChesney and Calabria Foti - December 8 & 9

Hanford High School Stage, 450 Hanford St. in Richland
- Friday at 7 p.m. - Jazz Night featuring the music of Duke Ellington, Natalie Cole, and many more.
- Saturday at 4:00 p.m. - A Night of "Strings and Swing"
Tickets: $25 reserved, $15 general admission for each performance

The Hanford High School Instrumental Music Program welcomes two world-class musicians from Los Angeles to the HHS stage December 8 and 9. The husband and wife team of virtuoso trombonist Bob McChesney and vocalist Calabria Foti will perform with HHS instrumental musicians.

The duo will perform Friday with Hanford High jazz ensembles and then on Saturday with the symphony orchestra and rhythm section.

Tickets are available from HHS instrumental students, Ted Brown Music, at the door, and by calling 521-7464.

A Very Swingin' Basie Christmas - December 8 & 9

CBC Theatre, 2600 N 20th Ave. in Pasco
Starts at 7 p.m.
Admission: $25 general admission and $20 students and seniors

Join the Tri-Cities most swingin’ big band for an evening of classic big band and Christmas music. Under the direction of Randy Hubbs the Columbia Basin Jazz Orchestra features some of the finest musicians in the region.

The concert will include music from the classic Count Basie library and also arrangements of holiday favorites as played by the Basie Band. Tickets available at the door.

ACT presents "A Charlie Brown Christmas" and "Frosty the Snowman" - December 8 & 10

Academy of Children's Theater, 213 Wellsian Way in Richland
Friday at 7 p.m.
Sunday at 3 p.m.
Tickets: Children (12 & Under) $9.00, Students (13-18)/ Seniors (65+)/ Military $12.00, Adults $15.00

The Academy of Children's Theatre is a presenting a special production of two holiday classics, "A Charlie Brown Christmas" and "Frosty the Snowman" in the ACT Black Box Theatre in Richland. (note: The December 9 performance is already sold out.)
Info & Tickets:

Mid-Columbia Ballet presents The Nutcracker - December 8-10

Richland High School Auditorium, 930 Long Ave. in Richland
Friday at 7 p.m.
Saturday at 1 p.m. & 7 p.m.
Sunday at 1 p.m.
Admission: $28 Adults, $19 Senior, $14 Children (online or at Dance Boutique in Richland)

Mid-Columbia Ballet presents the 42-annual performance of The Nutcracker! 

This beloved family tradition features: 187 cast members; choreography by Artistic Director Debra Pearse Rogo; new theatrical elements by Seattle based freelance designer Greg Elder; professional lighting design by Bill Kickbush; and international guest artists Katherine Barkman and the award-winning Joseph Phillips dancing the roles of the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier.
Info & Tickets:

Benton City's 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.

Marché de Noël /Francophone Fête - December 9

Knights of Columbus Hall, 2500 Chester Rd. in Richland
From 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Free to attend

Join us for our second Annual Christmas Market and Francophone Fest! Meet French speakers from all over the world and learn about the French speaking countries on five continents all over the world! Shop our 30 vendors. Traditional French Christmas market food will be available for purchase including Tartiflette, Pain d'Épices, and Crêpes. Kids receive a passport and get it stamped at every booth they visit! There will be food, raffle, games, and more! We will also have a visit from PAPA NOËL (Santa)!

LIGO Public Tours - December 9

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.

Pasco's Winter Fest - December 9

Volunteer Park, 1125 N. 4th Ave. in Pasco
From 2 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Free family fun

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!

An Old Fashioned Christmas Block Party - December 9

Kennewick First United Methodist Church, 421 W Kennewick Ave. in Kennewick
From 3 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Fun for the whole family with venues for all ages

The Kennewick First United Methodist Church is holding An Old Fashioned Christmas Block Party on December 9. Fun for the whole family! Step back in time 100 years with games, crafts, strolling carolers, story time and more - including a visit from Santa and a ride on the Polar Express. It's their gift to the community as they celebrate 115 years in Downtown Kennewick.

Merry Christmas with Jason Lyle Black - December 9

Art Fuller Auditorium (Kennewick High School), 500 S. Dayton St. in Kennewick
From 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Tickets: $11 - $23

Fountain Books, an independent Deseret Book Store, presents "A Merry Little Christmas" with Jason Lyle Black in a night of piano, comedy, singalongs, and Christmas cheer!

About Jason Lyle Black: 
Jason Lyle Black, "The Backwards Piano Man", is an award-winning pianist, composer, entertainer, and speaker, known for his performance on the Ellen Show and for his 30 million music video views worldwide.
Info & Tickets:

Bells of the Desert in Concert - December 9

Central United Protestant Church, 1124 Stevens Dr. in Richland
Starts at 7 p.m.
Cost: $10 suggested donation, K-12 free

The Bells of the Desert will be performing their annual Holiday Handbell Concert on December 9 and again on January 6.

Bazaar with Purpose 2017 - December 10

Clover Island Inn, 435 Clover Island Dr. in Kennewick
From 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. 
Free admission

We will be hosting Bazaars with Purpose 2017 throughout December to help raise funds for our Yearly Christmas Program!

We will have a variety of Vendors from handcrafted to Direct Sales and even some yummy treats. 

Guest are welcome to bring an unwrapped Gift to donate to a Child in need this year. We will be giving away Raffle Tickets to guest who donate toys! We appreciate all your continuous support in our Yearly Christmas Program as we continue to bless needy children in our Community for the 9th year....

Future dates: We also have another event December 16th at the Richland Community Center.

Tri-City Americans vs. the Everett Silvertips - December 10

Toyota Center in Kennewick
Game starts at 7:05 p.m.
Tickets: $21 adults 20+, $19 seniors 62+, $12 teen 10-19 yr, $10 youth 3-9 yr

Cheer on the Tri-City Americans as they take on the Everett Silvertips!

2017 Holiday Festivals & Lighted Events

As Christmas approaches, several communities in the Tri-Cities region are sponsoring Holiday Festivals that include Lighted Events. Here is what is coming up!

- Richland: Santa & Reindeer at Beaver Bark through December 24
- Kennewick: Senske Holiday Light Show & Open House - December 8 & 9
- Yakima: Annual Luminaria - December 8 & 9
- Benton City: Red Mountain Country Christmas - December 8, 9, 15 & 16
- Toppenish: Toy Train Christmas - December 9, 10, 16 & 17
- 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

For event details, visit:

2017 Holiday Bazaars

For a list of Holiday Bazaars taking place around the Tri-Cities, check out: and

Art Exhibits

CBC Art Exhibit: Feeling & Form through December 14
Featuring: Ceramics by Gregory Tate and Paintings by Alx Fox
CBC Esvelt Gallery, 2600 N. 20th Ave. in Pasco
Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Friday, 8 a.m. - noon
Saturday & Sunday, Closed
Cost: Free to attend

The title of this exhibition comes from a book by philosopher Susanne K. Langer titled Feeling and Form, in which she argues that Art is a highly developed form of symbolic communication, which is reliant on intuition and a collection of life experience, such as feelings and emotions, which ordinary language struggles to convey.

Alx Fox is an Abstract expressionist, placing great value on the meditative artistic process and infinite possibility for describing human emotion through color, gesture, and form. 

Gregory Tate works with the landscape in which he lives, recording and documenting the surrounding environment in abstracted and emotionally charged ceramic forms.

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 8: Secrets of the Sun at 7 p.m. and Cell! Cell! Cell! at 8 p.m.
  • December 9: Supervolcanoes at 2 p.m. and Stars of the Pharaohs
     at 3 p.m.
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:

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."

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

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