Are you looking for something neat to do this weekend? You might want to check out the City of Richland's Winter Wonderland display in John Dam Plaza.

The City of Richland flipped the lights on and this weekend will be the perfect time to enjoy the sparkling and colorful Christmas lights and displays right there in John Dam Plaza on George Washington Way in Richland.

It's The 2020 Winter Wonderland Festival of Lights in John Dam Plaza and on the HAPO Community Stage, you'll see thousands of dancing lights set to holiday music. In addition, seasonal displays will line the sidewalks to bring joy, excitement, and happiness to all who visit the park.

Seasonal displays include:

Santa’s house featuring a mailbox for children of all ages to drop “Letters to the North Pole” – don’t forget to include a return address!

The Richland Alphabet Home Village including replicas of A, B, and D scale-model houses decorated with holiday cheer.

Three “Mega” trees displayed on the HAPO Community Stage.

A musical playlist of 14-holiday favorites projecting throughout the park.

There will be no organized celebrations, concessions, or warming fires this year to avoid overcrowding. Those who gather are asked to wear masks and maintain 6-foot social distancing.

The lights will be dancing to music every evening throughout the holiday season from 4:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Those who remain in their vehicles can tune their FM dial to 104.5 FM.

In addition to the Winter Wonderland Festival of Lights, the Richland Parks and Recreation team will be spreading more holiday cheer by distributing holiday gift bags full of treats and Richland souvenirs.

To reserve your household’s “Holiday in a Bag”, register online starting Friday, December 4th. Supplies are limited to one gift bag per household

Go to and follow them on Facebook at for the most up to date information.

I know COVID-19 has got a lot of events for the holidays closed down, but here is one you and your family can really enjoy while social distancing.

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