Christmas and the Tri Cities, Washington
Christmas in the Country. Tri-Cities: Kennewick, Pasco, Richland ~ A Washington State Destination.
Christmas. It rings in our memories. It catches our emotions. It is a time of wonderful holiday spirit and family fun. It is time to build wonderful bonds with our families, and create cherished memories. And The Tri-Cities offers numerous festivities and family activities.
A driving tour of the brightly lit homes and cheerful holiday decorations is a great start at building a family tradition. Kennewick’s “Carol Lane” is a local favorite. Each home adopts a “Christmas Carol” theme, and the whole neighborhood vies for the most creative decorations. This drive is worth taking several times each holiday season and is best when finished over steamy hot chocolate, planning your own holiday trimmings. And Richland’s Holiday Walk for the Needy is an annual event teaching the importance of sharing and caring for our communities, and is a wonderful time to gather with friends and family in the true spirit of the season.
Many people visit the Tri-Cities during the Holiday season, all eagerly searching for holiday adventures. Preston Premium Wines Holiday Lighting will not disappoint. The winery features special lighting displays and thousands of brilliant lights. Each year the winery, located off highway 395 in Pasco, dresses up in holiday cheer to welcome visitors that come to tour and taste their award-winning wines. The winery grounds are brightly lit and decorated with spinning, whirling Santas, elves, candy canes and a lighted gazebo and train.
For those wanting to venture further from home, the Lighted Circle Tour between Moses Lake and Quincy is complete with holiday scenes that make for a wonderful Christmas experience. An evening drive through rolling farmland passes numerous agricultural circles (center-pivot electrical irrigation systems that supply water for farms throughout the great Columbia Basin Irrigation Project), each lovingly decorated with a brightly lit holiday scene. With the creative use of tracer lights, some even seem to be moving! Beginning Thanksgiving evening and displayed through New Year’s day, there is plenty of time to discover this holiday treat. From a flying Santa and sleigh, to a Christmas present with bow, or a giant candy cane--the fun comes in guessing what is next.
Closer to home, catch the best of the Tri-Cities on the Annual Christmas Lights Bus Tour. This joint effort between the Kennewick, Pasco and Richland Chambers of Commerce is an opportunity to see the best of each city from the comfort and convenience of a transit bus--spend your time “ooing and aahing” and leave the driving to someone else! This event has grown each year, and now hosts a separate night for each city.
And since the Tri-Cities is located at the confluence of the Yakima, Snake and Columbia Rivers it is only natural that we have one of the best evening lighted boat parades in the northwest. The Christmas Light Boat Parade is fun for the entire family. Just past dusk the Columbia River comes alive with dozens of boats competing for best of show in this fabulous water-parade of lights. The banks of the Columbia River are lined with spectators, cars and coaches eagerly awaiting their first glimpse; and many restaurants and hotels offer Tri-Cities Visitor & Convention Bureau • 6951 W. Grandridge Blvd. • Kennewick, WA 99336 • 509.735.8486 • 800.254.5824 • www.VisitTri-Cities.com special viewing rooms and discount packages each year. Visit with family and critique the entries as they pass by in a magical parade of holiday lights. Take along a hot toddy, sing your favorite Christmas song and create special memories for everyone involved.
The Historical Downtown Kennewick Partnership also presents the Spirit of Light Tree Lighting and Holiday Walk. The entire family can stroll through downtown Kennewick’s Parkade for a holiday tree lighting ceremony. First Night Tri-Cities is a New Year’s Eve celebration complete with live music and dancers, magicians, artists, and informational booths. The evening is wrapped up with a complete fireworks display!
In addition to these activities, annual holiday favorites are performed such as The Nutcracker, The Living Christmas Tree, The Living Nativity and a host of wonderful local groups perform Christmas cantatas and other special programs to celebrate the Spirit of the Season.
For more information on these and other activities, contact Tana Bader Inglima, V.P. Marketing and Public Affairs in the Tri Cities Visitors and Convention Bureau.