Holiday Weekend Getaway Itinerary

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3:30 p.m. 

Arrive and check into your choice of seven hotels located on the shores of the Columbia River*. *Insider Tip, The Lighted Boat Parade takes place on December 6 & 7

4:00 p.m.

Shop for unique holiday gifts at independent small businesses. Explore downtown Kennewick shops, the Parkway in Richland, or the Uptown in Richland.

5:00 p.m. 

Visit John Dam Plaza to enjoy a multitude of holiday activities and the Winter Wonderland Festival of Lights. This is a local favorite as the Festival of Lights is available all December with special activities taking place December 6-7, 13-14 and 20-21. 


7:30 a.m. 

Grab some fresh baked goods from a local Bakery (Spudnuts, Ethos, Some Bagels, Great Harvest Bread Company)

8:00 a.m. 

Hike Badger Mountain or, on December 19th, compete in the Cable Bridge Run.                           

10:00 a.m. 

Stock up on gourmet goodies and chocolate for those holiday gift baskets at Country Mercantile or visit the Reindeer at Beaver Bark.                                    

11:00 a.m.

Choose from the following holiday activities depending on which Saturday you are in town: Downtown Kennewick Holiday Parade, Lunch Cruise with Santa Claus, Benton City Winterfest, Holiday Bazaars, or shop the specialty stores like Lemon Grass.               

2:00 p.m. 

More date specific holiday themed activities include: Ice: STEM Family Workshop at the REACH, Pasco Winterfest, SantaCon (for adults).

5:00 p.m.

Enjoy a little warm up with a glass of wine or a snack by the fire at Cedar’s, The Lodge at Columbia Point, Goose Ridge wines.

6:00 p.m.     

Experience Christmas magic by enjoying the Tri-Cities Lighted Boat Parade, attending the Nutcrackerstrolling or driving through the Desert Plateau Luminaria, cruising past the Senske holiday light show.  

9:00 a.m.

Sleep in a little and the grab Brunch. Some of our favorites include Anthony’s at Columbia Point, Sageport Grill, or Three Eyed Fish

11:00 a.m. 

Catch up on your Christmas shopping at some of these local favorites that are guaranteed to have unique items for everyone on your list: The Octopus’ Garden, Luna Fish, It’s ALL in the Details, and Ranch and Home.   

1:00 p.m.

Check out and start planning for your next visit to the Tri-Cities, you know you want to.

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