The Top Holiday Festivities in the Tri-Cities

The air is brisk, the streets are lined with twinkling lights, you’ve stepped out all bundled up with your winter scarf and hat on. All that’s left to do is plan that picture-perfect day to get you into the holiday spirit.

You’ve come to the right place because we’ve gathered the top holiday and Christmas events in the Tri-Cities filled with light shows, dinner cruises, visits with Santa and more.

Make memories at the local festivities

With so much to see and do in the Tri-cities during this season, your holiday cheer levels will be off the chart.

Bring the whole family and enjoy outdoor movies at Pasco’s Winterfest Cinema or stop by Benton City’s Winterfest for a tree lighting ceremony and peruse the holiday bazaar for unique gift ideas. If you’re itching to find out if you’re on the naughty or nice list, join us in Kennewick at Numerica’s Hometown Holiday Parade, an old-fashioned holiday extravaganza with floats, characters, police and fire trucks, and even the big man himself, Santa.

Need a way to warm up and burn off a few of those Christmas cookies? Lace up your running shoes and bring some friends to the 43rd Annual Lampson Cable Bridge Run- a Pasco holiday tradition consisting of 5K, 10K, and 1 Mile foot races and a 1 Mile Fun Run.

Mr. & Mrs. Claus will be making their way over to John Dam Plaza to celebrate the magical season with decorations, live performances, and food vendors at the Winter Wonderland Festival of Lights. Hop on a train to view inflatable displays, or better yet watch the lighted boat parade complete with a firework finale. During the festival the Richland Community Center will be hosting craft projects, Bingo and free cocoa.

Unwrap the magic with gifts from our local retailers and annual holiday markets

There are so many unique boutiques and festive shopping options throughout the Tri-Cities. For the last minute gift buyer or the early "check off the list" shopper, visit one of the many holiday markets in the area. Pick up a one-of-a-kind present at the Richland Alliance Holiday Bazaar or a treasured trinket at the Kennewick Parks & Rec Holiday Bazaar. Leave the feeling of shopping frenzy behind. Relax with a Rosé in one hand and credit card in the other at the Annual Sip and Shop at Purple Star Winery.

Enjoy the holiday spirit(s)

The holidays are a time to rejoice, be merry, drink fancy cocktails and enjoy lavish meals that might make you swap out the holiday digs for loose fitting sweatpants. Not to worry- we're all in the same boat!

Speaking of boats, why not take in the warm glow of the glimmering lights reflected on the Columbia River with a 3-hour Lighted Boat Parade Cruise with a four-course plated dinner and complimentary champagne. Or, enjoy an enchanted Christmas Eve Dinner Cruise. A seat onboard includes a 2-hour cruise, buffet of holiday favorites, a private table and full-service bar complete with specialty cocktails.

With the weather cooling down, The Hedges Family Estate will be welcoming Winter Warmer Sundays! The farm and winery will be offering soup and paninis served with mulled wine and ginger cookies on Sundays this winter season. The perfect combo to spice up the season.

For other holiday pairings check out our local wineries and restaurants for to-go dinners and and tasting room festivities.

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

If insta-worthy photos are what you’re looking for, our holiday light displays and decorations make the perfect backdrop.

While you’re visiting Richland’s Festival of Lights, be sure to have your camera in hand. First stop by Santa’s House, and drop your letters to the North Pole directly into his mailbox. And make sure to include a return address! Then stroll over to the Richland Alphabet Home village, with replicas of A, B, and D scale-model houses decorated with holiday cheer. Next, head over to the HAPO Community Stage and bask in the glory of the three “mega” tree displays. Last stop- literally go walking through a winter wonderland as a musical playlist of 14 holiday favorites are projected throughout the park.

If you want to be dazzled by whimsical displays, you can’t miss the Senske Holiday Light Show with more than 500,000 LED lights synced to music dance throughout the event. Bonus tip:there will be multiple selfie stations set up to capture photos with friends and family and with every donation to charity you get a free photo with Santa.

Senske Holiday Light Show

However you spend your winter in the Tri-cities, we wish you a sparkling holiday season and a brilliant New Year!