Saturday, Dec. 7

NEW FRONTIER: The Dignitaries, Girl Trouble and Trees and Timber (Christmas-themed rock) 9 p.m., $5
B SHARP COFFEE: Little Bill Engelhardt, Rod Cook (blues, jazz) 8 p.m., NC
DOYLE'S: Naive Melodies (Talking Heads covers) 9:30 p.m., NC
GREAT AMERICAN CASINO: Grinder (rock) 9 p.m., NC
GRIT CITY COMEDY: Chris Dunham (comedy) 8:30, 10:30 p.m., $15
JAZZBONES: MxPx, Broadway Calls (pop-punk) 8 p.m., $15
RIALTO: Tacoma Symphony Sounds of the Season (holiday music) 7:30 p.m., $19-$77, AA
SPAR: The Approach (reggae) 8 p.m., NC
STONEGATE: Crosswalk (rock) 9 p.m., NC
SWISS: Spazmatics ('80s covers) 9 p.m., $5-$10
TACOMA COMEDY: Tommy Johnagin (comedy) 8, 10:30 p.m., $15
TRIPLE PLAY: Blind Ambition (rock) 9 p.m., NC
UNCLE SAM'S: Subvinyl Jukebox (rock covers) 8 p.m.

Tacoma Mall, 4502 S. Steele St., Tacoma, WA 98409
Simon Kidgits Club members, enjoy a delicious pancake breakfast inside BJ’s Restaurant as Radio Disney provides the entertainment. Plus, visit with Santa himself! The Kidgits are also celebrating the release of “Despicable Me 2” on Blu-Ray™ and DVD December 10th. Grab your minion headband and come have fun making your own “Despicable Me 2” holiday ornament and even your own minion food!Info:
Corner of North 27th and Proctor Streets
The Proctor Farmers Market strives to provide the community with fresh, locally grown farm products while providing area growers with a venue for their crops and products. In addition we seek to educate the public about the importance of local agriculture, sustainable business and the impact we have on the environment. Bringing people together at the Farmers Market helps promote a greater sense of community, serves as an educational forum, and helps encourage local business development. Info:
Central Lutheran Church, 409 North Tacoma Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98403
Join us for a festive day of Christmas shopping from local artists and vendors. We pride ourselves in creating a beautiful event full of wonderfully talented and artistic vendors. Come shop with us! Info:
University Primary School, 2708 Grandview Dr. W, Tacoma, WA 98466
Join the University Place Lion's Club for a delicious breakfast with proceeds benefiting the local community. Get your picture taken with Santa and do some early shopping at our craft fair. A wonderful way to celebrate the season of giving! $5 Adults, $3 kids under 12. Info:
Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center, 1500 Broadway, Tacoma, WA 98402
Mark your calendars for December 7 & 8; come play games in the lobby, take a craft home to share with someone special, have your picture taken with Santa and find unique treasures in the Mary Bridge Brigade Gift Shop. Festival brings out the holidays spirit in us all with fun activities for the whole family. Info:
Key Center Fire Station
LOCAL ELVES PREPARE FOR SANTA’S ARRIVAL TO THE KEY PENINSULA. Local Firefighters, Fire Commissioners, Parks’ Staff & Commissioners, and Park PAL middle school volunteers will become Santa’s elves for his annual visit to the Key Peninsula on Saturday, December 7th. This event kicks off Santa’s Sleigh visits around the Key Pen, and includes a pancake breakfast, holiday crafts, and photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Younger elves are students from KPMS who love to bring the joy of the holidays to younger children. Registration fee includes breakfast (pancakes, ham, and fruit), holiday arts and crafts, and a photo with Santa Claus (a 5x7 printed photo will be mailed to you and digital photos emailed). Attendees encouraged to bring non-perishable food for the local holiday food drive. Info:
Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main Street SW, Lakewood, WA 98499
The course begins and ends at the round-about in front of Lakewood City Hall and is great for all members of the family, including the furry ones. Stay after for a rockin' after-party that will include refreshments, music, crafts, and fun for the kiddos. Dress for the weather, this 5K will run - rain or shine. Info:
Pioneer Park Pavilion, 330 S. Meridian Puyallup, WA 98371
Join us this holiday season for a one two punch of jolly and cheer on December 7th with our Holiday Market and Lighted Santa Parade. Festivities begin at 9:30 am with our Holiday Market in Pioneer Park Pavilion. Featuring a variety of artisan crafts and vendors highlighting unique gift items, holiday home décor and delicious specialty food finds. Come shop for that special someone on your list until 4 pm. Once the Holiday Market comes to a close the PMSA annual Lighted Santa Parade will begin at 5 pm. Bring the family and spy on Ole St Nick as he hitches a ride on a fire truck! Stick around after the parade to witness the lighting of the Community Tree! Bring the kids and ooh and aah at the whimsical sights. Info:
Tacoma Musical Playhouse, 7116 Sixth Ave., Tacoma, WA 98406
Just for family audiences, TMP is bringing back its new holiday tradition - SING-ALONG WITH SANTA! Bring your friends and families for joyous morning of singing your favorite Christmas carols, prizes, fun and have your picture taken with Santa. (Bring your own camera.) Info:
Tacoma Metal Arts Center, 3833 6th Ave. Tacoma, WA 98406
Instructor Amy Reeves. Cost-$95. Beginning Jewelry Workshop: Learn the secrets of working with copper, brass and silver on a jewelry scale. Techniques covered will include piercing, filing, stamping, hammering, texturing and soldering. Students will be guided step by step in the use of studio equipment with access to a rolling mill and hydraulic press. No prior jewelry experience is necessary, but students of all levels are welcome. Copper and brass provided for in class use, silver available for purchase. Info:
Charles Wright Academy 7723 Chambers Creek Road W. Tacoma, WA 98467
FREE program for children and their parents to play TOGETHER! Play to Learn is for parents, grandparents, neighbors, family, and friends who nurture children ages six and under. Children's Museum of Tacoma staff lead group each week using thematic curriculum. Individual play, fun group activities, songs, and a whole group circle time for children and adults to enjoy together. Info:
Tacoma Art Museum, 1701 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, WA 98402
Have you ever wondered what happens to your mind when you look at a piece of art? How a particular work can stir an emotional response? Join us as we discover how our mind and body respond to art and how our perceptions of art are influenced. Cost: $15 ($10 for members, $5 for students). Info:
Santa Express - 10:00 am
Mt Rainier Scenic RR, 54124 Mountain Hwy E , Elbe, WA 98330
Weekends November 30 thru December 22. You too will believe! Catch a steam train ride this holiday season when the Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad becomes the 'Santa Express'. Departing from the 'North Pole' located at the Elbe Depot, passengers will travel along streams and forests for a two hour ride while visiting with Santa. Sometimes there is even snow on the ground this time of year. These trains will sell out! Please make reservations as soon as possible. Info:
Sprinker Recreation Center, 14824 C St. S., Tacoma, WA 98444
Please accept this invitation from us to you for Tis The Season Saturdays in December at Sprinker Recreation Center. It’s that time of year where happiness, snowshoes, mittens and magic are everywhere especially this year at Sprinker! Join us as we create an entertaining breakfast with Blade, Sprinker’s very own mascot! Take a journey into this winter wonderland with a pancake breakfast for ages 3-12. Breakfast will be held upstairs in the Rainier Room from 10:00am – 10:30am. Photos will be available in the Rainier Room from 10:30am – 11:00am. Ice skating will be from 11:45am – 12:45pm. This event is in partnership with Lake Spanaway Golf Course and our local Spanaway Starbucks. Info:
Civic/Library Building, 3609 Market Pl W #100, University Place, WA 98466
Santa Paws Pet Photos - Get pet photos with Santa. Sponsored by SUNDogs, Soggy Doggy & Layla and Me pet photography. Prices $10 for 4x6; $20 for 8x10 and $5 for copies. Prices for up to two dogs or $5 for each additional dog. All proceeds go to off leash dog park. Info:
Holiday Glass Sale - 10:00 am
Jason Lee Middle School, 602 N Sprague Ave, Tacoma, WA 98403-1035
Holiday Glass Sale! Whether shopping for a friend or for a special accent in your home, Hilltop Artists' glass is a gift that says you care about our community and our students. Every penny you spend will go to support our tuition-free programs! Shorten your wait in line, arrive at 9am and pick up a numbered entrance ticket and return at your appointed time. Info:
Optical Illusions - 10:00 am
Tacoma Art Museum, 1701 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, WA 98402
The works featured in Optic nerve explore ideas about visual and spatial perception. Join us to explore the exhibition and to create art of pulsating patterns, eye-dazzling colors, and disorienting forms. Cost: $35 ($25 for members) covers one adult with or without child. Cost of admission for each additional child is $10. Teachers can earn up to three clock hours. Please note that projects are geared for an adult audience. Info:
PetSmart, 3326 S. 23rd St., Tacoma, WA 98405
PetSmart’s annual Santa Claws In-Store Photo Event, held at all PetSmart stores in Seattle on Dec. 7th & 14th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pet parents can bring a camera to take a picture of their pet with Santa, then donate $5 at checkout to benefit local animal welfare groups. Your Santa photo is worth more than words, it’s worth a home for a pet in need this season. Info:
Fort Nisqually Living History Museum, Pt. Defiance Park, 5400 N Pearl St, Tacoma, WA 98407
A Seattle chocolate company will sweeten a 19th Century Christmas at Fort Nisqually Living History Museum. Theo Chocolate, based in Fremont, will offer drinking chocolate and samples of its organic, Fair Trade and non-GMO chocolate during the event. The annual event at Fort Nisqually will feature cooks making chocolate custard in the period kitchen and ladies serving hot chocolate in the Factor’s House. Visitors can also join dozens of the Forts’ re-enactors in holiday stories, music, dance, and crafts. A highlight is the arrival of the yule log, and the chance to take a piece of it home for your own holiday fire. 19th Century Christmas has its roots in the history of the Hudson’s Bay Company trading post. On Christmas, Fort Nisqually’s manager regularly gave “the best rations the place could afford” — typically meat, flour, molasses, sugar and tallow — to the Fort’s laborers, along with some liquor. The Native Americans named the holiday “Hyas Sunday,” Chinook jargon for “Big Sunday.” Dancing and singing were also recorded in the Fort’s historical journals. Info:
Washington State History Museum, 1911 Pacific Ave., Tacoma WA
As part of “David Douglas: A Naturalist at Work,” the History Museum will take a special look at the roots of Douglas fir trees in the Northwest, with handcrafting activities for children and adults from 12 – 3 p.m. “David Douglas’ work in the Pacific Northwest not only impacted the development of Western science, but also the important relationship between Europeans and Native American tribes in this region,” said Jennifer Kilmer, director of the Washington State Historical Society. “His letters provide invaluable historical accounts of the Columbia fur trade, the traditions of many Northwest tribes, and the evolving communication between the two cultures.” Info:
Gig Harbor waterfront
Each month the First Saturday Art Walk is held in the beautiful historic maritime community of Gig Harbor. December's Art Walk is Saturday, December 7th from 1:00pm to 5:00pm. The following participating galleries and businesses will have artists on-site with artist's demonstrations. Pick up a Passport at any Gallery and visit all Galleries to be entered in drawing for $50 Gift Certificate good at any participating Gallery. Info:
UP Civic/Library Building, 3609 Market Pl W #100, University Place, WA 98466
3rd Annual Duck the Halls Caroling Contest benefitting the UP Food Bank. Individuals/groups sing minimum of 2 holiday songs (8 minutes max); portable instruments ok but no electronic or plug ins. Entry fee 5 nonperishable food items per member or $10 each. Prizes! Holiday attire/costumes encouraged. Sponsored by UP for Arts and Families Unlimited Network. Info:
Pac the Ave - 3:00 pm
Pacific Avenue downtown, Tacoma, WA
The City of Tacoma, Downtown Merchants Group and Downtown Business Improvement Area are inviting the community to view the Pacific Avenue Streetscape improvements and celebrate the completion of the project at “Pac the Ave”. Pacific Avenue will come alive with free hot chocolate, candy canes, kettle corn, historic walking tour and a host of activities for the entire family. The Rescue Mission will be accepting donations of unwrapped toys, blankets and towels for a free picture with Santa. Info:
Pantages Theater, 901 Broadway, Tacoma, WA 98402
Throughout the world, The Nutcracker and The Tale of the Hard Nut has become a generational Christmas tradition. Tacoma City Ballet celebrates its 30th performance season at the Broadway Center For the Performing Arts with a world premiere production of The Nutcracker and The Tale of the Hard Nut. For the very first time, this timeless family holiday classic will be told in its entirety. Beginning with The Tale of the Hard Nut and ending in the familiar Kingdom of the Sweets, the adventure of Princess… Show more Pirlipat, The Nutcracker and The Tale of the Hard Nut Prince, and of course, Clara will charm and delight audiences more than ever before. See the world premiere The Nutcracker and The Tale of the Hard Nut you know and love together for the very first time. This glorious production transports you to a land filled with music, magic, and wonder. Under the artistic direction of Erin M. Ceragioli, and accompanied by the Northwest Sinfonietta under the direction of Christophe Chagnard, this world premiere of The Nutcracker and The Tale of the Hard Nut promises to be enchanting. Info:
Spring Hill Neighborhood, 244 S. 55th St., Tacoma, WA 98408
Bring your friends and family to view the Christmas lights daily from 5pm-9pm, December 7th - 26th on S 55th Street between Pacific Avenue and D Street and support St Leo Food Connection by bringing canned and non-perishable food items. Food drop sights will be at both ends of the block. All non-perishable food items are accepted, including: Peanut butter, Canned meats, Canned dinners, Canned vegetables and fruits, Dry beans and pastas, Stuffing mix. Info:
Skansie Borthers Park, Historic Downtown Gig Harbor
Join Harbor WildWatch as we celebrate with the City of Gig Harbor at the annual Holiday tree lighting in Skansie Brother's Park. Enjoy this event with family and friends, see live reindeer and welcome Santa on the firetruck at 5:30pm. Visit our booth to see the animals that live in the chilly waters of Puget Sound. Discover new life forms and find out how our behaviors impact these fragile critters. Come visit our touch tanks as we bring in the holiday cheer! Info:
Zoolights - 5:00 pm
Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium, 5400 N. Pearl St., Tacoma, WA 98407
Bundle up and stroll the Zoo as it comes aglow with more than a half-million lights! Be inspired by dazzling animal-themed displays, including our brand new 3-D displays of a swooping bald eagle, a regal polar bear family, and a Sumatran tiger head. Warm up in the steamy South Pacific Aquarium, ride a camel or take a spin on the antique carousel. There's so much to see and do--make the most of your Zoolights experience with our list of the Zoolights Top 10 Fun Activities! Zoolights Dates: Nov. 29 - Jan. 5. Zoolights Hours: 5 pm - 9 pm. (Closed Dec. 24 & Open Dec. 25 & Jan. 1) Info:
Lakebay Marina, 15 Lorenz Road, Lakebay, WA 98349
Open Mic FREE. Every Sat night 6pm until 8pm (or if happening 9pm). Roger's Open Mike. Bring your Axe and Join the Fun! Info: or (253)-884-3350
Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center, 1500 Broadway, Tacoma, WA 98402
What to expect at Jinglebell Jam: Shopping the silent auction for your holiday gifts. Live Auction with spectacular packages. Fun with the Heads or Tails Game. A chance to win fabulous jewelry at our lockbox raffle. Candy bar for the sweet tooth! . Support Treehouse by raising your bid card at Fund-A-Need. Dance the night away to awesome music Info:
Feather & Oar, 759 Market Street, Tacoma, WA 98402
We're excited to announce that Tacoma's own The Owl Parliament will be performing their sweet soulful music at our gig. Our hero, JD Elquist, has agreed to host the party at Feather and Oar's hip new digs on 9th and Market.... And finally, we'll be donating 100% of the poster sale proceeds to Fab-5, one of our favorite local charities. They allow youth to develop and explore their unique voices through a variety of different urban arts mediums (DJing, legal graffiti, breakdancing & the lyricists lounge). Bring your friends on December 7. Jam in. Make it beautiful with us. Info:
Emerald Queen Casino, 2024 E. 29th St., Tacoma, WA 98404
The Northwest's premier Mixed Martial Arts promotion, CageSport MMA, is returning to the Emerald Queen Casino on Saturday, December 7th with 10 professional MMA bouts including a main event featuring Brent Knopp (4-0) attempting to defend his CageSport Middleweight Title against StrikeForce veteran, Cory Devela (9-5). In the featured fight of the night, Issaquah's Amy Cadwell will attempt to keep her record flawless when she takes on California's Maria Andaverde. Info:
Rock Lodge, 9825 Pacific Ave., Tacoma, WA, 98445
Come celebrate the opening of the Northwest's premier live music venue and steakhouse. Performances by Prophets of Addiction, Ravages of Time, Sin Circus, Letzter Geist. ALL AGES ALL NIGHT and full bar with I.D. Info:
Rialto Theater, 310 S. Ninth St., Tacoma, WA 98402
Sounds of the Season-Tacoma Symphony Orchestra's annual collage of seasonal delights-is back on December 7 and 8, led by Music Director Harvey Felder and featuring the Tacoma Youth Chorus. Joining them will be soprano Amy Mahoney, whom Broadway World called "radiant" and "a name I'll be watching out for in the future." The varied program will include carols, popular holiday melodies, symphonic and choral works, featuring an ever-shifting combination of soloist, chorus and orchestra. The mighty TSO performs throughout-and the audience can expect to get in the act for the popular sing-along carol medley! New this year, Sounds of the Season will be held in the wonderful, warm acoustic environment of the Rialto Theater in two performances: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, December 7 and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, December 8. The program is designed to be varied, fun and uplifting, and suitable for all ages, from young children to their parents and grandparents. Info:
University of Puget Sound, Kilworth Memorial Chapel
The Adelphian Concert Choir and Voci d’Amici invite you to A Winter’s Hope—a musical performance that celebrates the season’s religious and cultural holidays with songs enjoyed by people around the world. A Winter’s Hope will take place in Kilworth Memorial Chapel on the campus of University of Puget Sound on Saturday, Dec. 7, starting at 7:30 p.m. and again on Sunday, Dec. 8, at 2 p.m. The renowned Adelphians and the Voci d’Amici singers will be accompanied by members of the college’s Symphony Orchestra. Conductor Steven Zopfi will lead, and Chaplain David Wright will provide readings. Ticket information is below. The works to be performed come from all corners of the world—from Italy to Canada, India, Norway, Israel, Great Britain, Spain, Germany, and the U.S. homeland of the Muskogee Native-American people. The audience will be invited to sing along for several of the pieces.