Tri-Cities annual holiday events kick off this weekend

Tri-Citians can enjoy many of the area’s annual Christmas holiday traditions this year — some dating back as many as 60 years.

And many can be viewed from the socially-distanced safety of a car like they have been for decades.

Many begin this first weekend of December.

Lighted Boat Parade

The 2021 Lighted Boat Parade along the Columbia River launches Friday, Dec. 3, and repeats on Saturday, Dec. 4.

The parade starts each night at 6 pm under the cable bridge at Clover Island in Kennewick.

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The annual lighted boat parade is Friday and Saturday along the Columbia River from Clover Island in Kennewick to Richland and back. File Tri-City Herald

The decorated boats travel up river on the Kennewick side along Columbia Park. Then about 7:30 pm, they turn around at the far end of Howard Amon Park in Richland and travel back down river on the same course.

They arrive back at Clover Island and make an additional loop for everyone on the island before heading into the Clover Island Marina about 9 pm

Downtown Kennewick Parade

Santa will be the guest of honor in a parade in downtown Kennewick on Saturday, Dec. 4.

After a year-long hiatus, the Numerica Hometown Holiday Parade is back and starts at 10 am

The event also features holiday-themed floats, police and fire vehicles and entertaining characters.

After the parade, Santa will be at Santa Square, along with other activities, treats and selfies until 2pm

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A float featuring the characters from “A Charlie Brown Christmas” was featured in the 2019 Numerica Hometown Holiday parade in downtown Kennewick. Cameron Probert Tri-City Herald

Drive-thru Santa

The Kennewick Irrigation District is hosting a drive-thru Santa event to celebrate the season from the comfort of your vehicle.

Visit with the jolly old elf on Dec. 8 from 2-4 pm and Dec. 9 from 3-5 pm at the irrigation district’s office at 2015 South Ely St., Kennewick.

Black Rock Coffee has partnered with the district to provide 60 free drink cards, which will be randomly handed out in new tote bags throughout the day.

The Santa visit will happen in tandem with a Toys for Tots drive. Bring unopened toys to donate.

Senske Light Show

Senske Services is continuing its annual light show for a 19th year. The Kennewick company has installed more than 500,000 lights on its property at 400 N. Quay St. for viewing from 5 pm to midnight each night through the month.

The Senske lights display in Kennewick. Courtesy John Panther

Lights are synced with music, which can be heard on 90.3 FM on your radio.

Selfie stations have been created throughout the display with disinfectant wipes available. Kids can drop off letters for Santa in a drop box. The company also is collecting monetary and non-perishable food donations for 2nd Harvest Tri-Cities.

Christmas Carol Lane

Christmas Carol Lane in Kennewick will be creating its musical-themed displays in a neighborhood effort that started in the 1960s. Every night, nearly 80 homes in the Kennewick neighborhood will light up their houses for the public between West 23rd and 26th Avenues and South Kent and Garfield streets.

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A whimsical display for the Christmas song “Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer” is part of the annual presentation of themed decorations at Christmas Carol Lane in Kennewick. Bob Brawdy Tri-City Herald

Each participating house is assigned a Christmas holiday-themed song and families decorate accordingly. Passers-by can sing or find the music to play along with it.

Instead, this year a website has been created where you can find links to playlists to go with the homes on Pandora and Spotify at

This story was originally published December 2, 2021 12:56 PM.


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