Saturday, Dec. 14
Washington Arms Collectors Show - 8:00 am
Sleep Country ShowPlex – Enter at Blue Gate, Western Washington Fair Grounds, Puyallup, WA
Admission: Adult Non-Members - $9, Active Duty Military - $4, Members - Free. Info:
Proctor Farmers Market - 9:00 am
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:
Winterfest - 9:00 am
Pacific Lutheran University, East Campus, (old Parkland School) Pacific Ave. S. & 121st Ave S., Parkland, WA
Winterfest provides the joy and spirit of Christmas to 500 low income families who are experiencing economic despair in our own community. The heads of these families are hard working, disabled, laid off, or unable to work. Children will get to visit with Santa and enjoy holiday festivities like face painting, holiday crafts, and picking a book of their own to take home. Info:
Santa Runs Tacoma - 9:00 am
A Street/10th Street, Tacoma, WA
Santa Runs Tacoma! Santa's Reindeer are flying in for the run! They will be waiting at the finish for you. With a brand new race course that includes the Murray Morgan Bridge it feels like Christmas came early. Info:
TCC Clay Club Winter Pottery & Art Sale - 10:00 am
Senate Room, Building 11, Tacoma Community College, 6501 S. 19th St., Tacoma, WA 98466
Support TCC students as they hold a sale of their work. A portion of the proceeds go to support the F. Carlton Ball Scholarship fund. This scholarship has helped many students over the years follow their dreams and complete their education. Thur. Dec 12 10 am-6pm, Fri Dec 13 10 am-4pm, Sat Dec 14 10 am- 2pm. Info: 253-566-5346.
A Bizarre Bazaar - 10:00 am
St. Helens Mercantile, 753 St. Helens Ave Tacoma 98402
Not your average holiday gift/craft show! A collection of unusual hand made products for the non-traditional gift giver. You've been to the rest...none like this. One of a kind cards, ornaments, artwork, t-shirts, dolls, food, music and fun. Info:
4th Annual: Blankets for Hope - 10:00 am
Krispy Kreme (parking lot) @ The Tacoma Mall, 4302 Tacoma Mall Boulevard, Tacoma WA
We are collecting Sleeping bags - Coats - Blankets - Small Tarps - Hats – Gloves/Mittens Single-use Hand Warmers - New Socks & New Undergarments - Personal Hygiene Kits for our Homeless Veterans at the VA Hospital and Tacoma Rescue Mission. What's in your closet that you are not using? Other locations can create their own drop box and then bring to the above collection sites. Email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for a sign for the box or if you have questions. See for poster and signs 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:
Gig Harbor Holiday Tour of Homes - 10:00 am
Gig Harbor
The homes are selected. The ticket outlets are open. The holiday decorations are already out of their boxes and ready to display, and all over the Puget Sound area, people are marking their calendars in anticipation of what has become a traditional part of many holiday celebrations. Gig Harbor’s annual Holiday Tour of Homes, with its accompanying Gift Bazaar, happens December 14 in a community well-known for their amazing residential areas. And it is the only day of the year that the public is allowed to take a look inside some of Gig Harbor’s most beautiful, and beautifully decorated homes. This is the 18th annual tour, and it features a variety of homes and decorating approaches. There are large view homes with tasteful, elegant displays and expansive water views. There are small homes with every corner creatively dedicated to the holidays. And there is one home whose Norwegian heritage shines forth not only in the decorations but from the docent’s authentic native costumes. As a bonus, the Gift Bazaar, on site at the Boys & Girls Club during the tour, features 40 vendors and craftspeople from the Peninsula and a creative assortment of gift ideas. Info:
Family Zone Grand Opening - 10:00 am
LeMay - America's Car Museum, 2702 East D Street Tacoma, WA 98421
Be one of the first visitors to experience the Family Zone at America's Car Museum! Learn how cars work, get behind the wheel of a car from our collection, compete in a pinewood derby race, and share your own car stories at the Grand Opening of our new hands-on activity space for kids and adults of all ages. Education staff will be on hand to answer questions and provide more information about upcoming family and educational events at ACM. This event is open to the public and FREE with museum admission. While you're visiting the museum, be sure to get your FREE photos taken with Santa and visit with Mrs. Claus! More details about family weekend events at ACM can be found at
Tenth Annual Salmon Saturday - 10:00 am
Swan Creek Park Directions, 2820 Pioneer Way E. (Canyon Entrance), Tacoma, WA
Experience the wonder of watching salmon make their way upstream in an urban setting. Friends of Swan Creek Watershed, Tacoma EnviroChallenger Program, Tacoma Nature Center environmental educators and community partners invite you to join them in welcoming Swan Creek salmon as they return home to spawn. Learn what a watershed is, and what we can do to protect our valuable water resources, through hands on activities for all ages. The event includes: Tours of the park to see the spawning salmon, Children’s activities, Salmon-friendly home and gardening information. New this year - test the water, and see how its current conditions impact the survival of salmon in Swan Creek in an activity provided by Citizen's For A Healthy Bay. Take a tour, stroll or hike on your own, or simply stop by to pick up free resource materials. Friends of Swan Creek Watershed’s mission is to cultivate environmental stewardship through educational and volunteer opportunities. They welcome the participation of individuals, families, groups and schools to learn and work together to preserve this valuable natural resource in our urban landscape. Info:
Family Storytime at Swasey - 10:30 am
Swasey Public Library, 7001 Sixth Ave., Tacoma, WA 98465
Join us for a short storytime. Then families can engage in interactive play with blocks and toys and make a special winter craft!Info:
Dickens Festival - 11:00 am
Emporium, 220 St. Helens Ave., Tacoma, WA 98430
Carriage Rides, Open Houses, Live Entertainment, and Vendors. Info:
Hot Rod Holiday Bash - 12:00 pm
Vintage Customs, 5614 S. Washington St., Tacoma, WA 98409
Bishops Car Club Is hosting a "Toys for Tots" Cruise in At Vintage Customs. Vintage Customs is opening its doors at noon for a Car show open house. There is parking for over 100 cars from street side to private lot and Vendors will be located inside Vintage Customs. Our goal is to fill a trailer with enough goody's to donate to Tacoma's Marybridge Hospital. In return for your toys you will receive a ticket for $5 off entry to the after party that Will be held next door at Cultura Event Center. This ce...nter has 2 Bars, huge VIP loft, huge stage, great sound system, lighting, in an modern industrial feel to an old mill. Info:
Outreach Program and INC Evangelical Mission - 12:00 pm
Tacoma Dome, 2727 East D Street, Tacoma, WA 98421
The Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church of Christ) will be hosting an Outreach Program and Evangelical Mission on Saturday, December 14th from 12pm to 5pm at the Tacoma Dome. Everyone in the Pacific Northwest is invited! This event will offer free services and resources such as: FREE food, FREE parking, FREE fun, games, entertainment for families and friends to enjoy, FREE flu shots, medical check-ups and dental care information & other beneficial services, FREE concert. And so much more! The aim of this event is to offer services to the residents of the communities in the Pacific Northwest, especially the under served and underpriveleged communities that will greatly benefit from these free services. For more information about the Iglesia ni Cristo (Church of Christ) Aid for Humanity events, please visit and
Storytime at the Cabin - 1:00 pm
Job Carr Cabin Museum, 2350 North 30th Street, Tacoma, WA 98403
Featuring local storytellers. Info:
World Famous Popovich Comedy Pet Theatre - 1:00 pm
Theater on the Square, 915 Broadway, Tacoma, WA
Gregory Popovich rescues animals from shelters across the country, trains them and transforms them into Las Vegas Superstars! He is bringing his circus-style comedy variety show to Tacoma, WA for one show only! Bring the entire family to see amazing pet tricks, juggling acts, acrobats, magic and comedy. Info:
Native Plant Workshop - 1:00 pm
Harbor History Museum, 4121 Harborview Dr, Gig Harbor, WA 98332
As a lead-up to the Pierce Conservation District’s 2014 annual native plant sale, we will be holding an informative workshop about plants native to western Washington. Dana Kelley Bressette, MS., author and consultant at Habitat Horticulture PNW will give a presentation on outstanding native plants for the landscape. At the end of the class, we will take a short walk around the museum’s grounds to look at and identify native plant specimens. Please contact Rene’ Skaggs at (253) 845-9770 x 106 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to sign up for this free class. Pierce Conservation District's 23rd Annual Native Bare Root Plant Sale. Taking Pre-Orders Until January 17 for Early Spring Pick-Up February 28 and March 1. The perfect time to plant bare root plants. The Pierce Conservation District is featuring 30+ species of plants native to western Washington as well as plastic tree tubes and spray on repellent to protect the seedlings from deer, rodent, and grass trimmer damage. Info:
Family Movie: The Santa Clause - 2:00 pm
Tacoma Public Library - Wheelock Branch, 3722 N. 26th St., Tacoma, WA 98407
The Santa Clause (Rated G). Info:
The Christmas Revels - 2:00 pm
Rialto Theater, 310 S. Ninth St., Tacoma, WA 98402
This year it’s a high-energy, toe-tapping, fiddling, clogging, tall-tale telling celebration set in Appalachia in the 1930s. Joining the company is Seattle’s Old Time Music band The Tallboys and the Eclectic Cloggers. The Christmas Revels is a joyous, timeless celebration for all ages - a high-spirited concoction of folk tradition and high art. Join friends and family at the Rialto to drive winter’s darkness away. Info:
Inspecting Carol - 2:00 pm
PLU- Karen Hille Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, 12180 Park Ave. South, Tacoma, WA 98447
Get your holiday cheer on with this hilarious, madcap comedy! Behind the scenes of a struggling theatre’s annual slapdash production of A Christmas Carol, rehearsals are at a standstill. Tim is no longer Tiny, Scrooge wants to do the play in Spanish (Feliz Navidad), and their funding is on hold pending an inspection. This laugh out loud spoof makes for a night at the theatre that is anything but show business as usual. Info:
The Holiday Family Concert: Bryan Bowers, autoharpist - 2:00 pm
Olympic Room, Main Library, 1102 Tacoma Avenue South, Tacoma, WA 98402
Acclaimed autoharpist Bryan Bowers returns to Tacoma's Main Library for a free holiday concert perfect for the entire family. Bowers is a major artist on the traditional music circuit. A well known singer-songwriter, he has redefined the autoharp. Bryan has a dynamic outgoing personality and an uncanny ability to enchant a crowd with both his music and his stories. His towering six foot four inch frame can be wild and zany on stage while playing a song like Dixie and five minutes later he can have the same audience singing Will The Circle Be Unbroken in quiet reverence and delight. For nearly four decades, Bryan Bowers has been to the autoharp what Earl Scruggs was to the five-string banjo. He presents instrumental virtuosity combined with warmth, eloquence, expression and professionalism. CDs will be available for purchase and signing at the event. Info:
Family Holiday Film: The Muppet Christmas Carol - 2:00 pm
Tacoma Public Library- Moore Branch, 215 S. 56th St., Tacoma, WA 98408
A family film that’s perfect for the holiday season. Michael Caine and Kermit are hilarious as Scrooge and Bob Cratchit. Running time is 85 minutes. Rated G. Info:
Hour of Code - 2:00 pm
Computer Clubhouse of Tacoma, 1209 Martin Luther King Jr. Way Tacoma, WA 98405
Join the Computer Clubhouse of Tacoma in an Hour of Code! Hour of Code is an international one-hour initiative to introduce computer science to students. Anyone can learn the basics to be a maker, creator, and innovator! 2:00PM - 5:00PM at the Computer Clubhouse of Tacoma. FREE for the whole family. Come learn one of the following: Web Design, LEGO Robotics, Scratch, Kodu Game Lab, Mit App inventor. Don't feel comfortable using a computer? No problem! We have computer science activities that don't require a computer! Snacks provided! Info:
DTNW’s NUTCRACKER ~ Dance Theatre Northwest - 2:30 pm
Mount Tahoma High School Auditorium, 4634 S. 74th St., Tacoma, WA 98409
DANCE THEATRE NORTHWEST presents THE NUTCRACKER Ballet in Tacoma. Enchanting, lively, colorful, and entertaining performance of a traditional holiday favorite--fresh & exciting. Gorgeous snow scene and mysterious Land of Sweets, DTNW's ballet is updated each year with new choreography and costumes. Ideal for family audiences. Saturday, Dec 14 2:30 pm and 7:00 pm and Sunday Dec. 15, 4 pm. Info:
Tacoma City Ballet presents The Nutcracker - 3:00 pm
Pantages Theater, 901 Broadway, Tacoma, WA 98402
Throughout the world, The Nutcracker has become a generational Christmas tradition. Tacoma City Ballet celebrates its 30th performance season at the Broadway Center for Performing Arts with a World Premiere production of The Nutcracker, told in its entirety. Beginning with The Prequel or The Tale of the Hard Nut and ending in the familiar Kingdom of the Sweets, the adventures of Princess Pirlipat, the Nutcracker Prince, and of course, Clara, will charm and delight audiences more than ever before.… Show more See the World Premiere of The Prequel or The Tale of the Hard Nut and The Nutcracker 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 Prequel or The Tale of the Hard Nut and The Nutcracker promises to be enchanting. Info:
Christmas at Fort Steilacoom - 4:00 pm
Grounds of Western State Hospital, 9601 Steilacoom Blvd. SW, Lakewood WA
Reenactors will present Christmas of 1863 in the four historic houses at Historic Fort Steilacoom Association. Cost is $5 for adult tickets, $3 for children and $10 for a family. 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:
Mickey Fay’s NW Extreme Flat Track Racing - 5:30 pm
Paulhamus Arena, Western Washington Fair Grounds, Puyallup, WA (Enter at Green Gate)
Gates open at 4:30pm, racing begins at 5:30pm. Admission: General Admission - $10. Kids 6 & under - free. Info:
Roger’s Open Mike at Lakebay Marina - 6:00 pm
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
“Need a Little Christmas?” - 7:00 pm
Allenmore Public Golf Course, 2125 S. Cedar St., Tacoma, WA 98405
Enjoy a delightful afternoon or evening of traditional and modern Barbershop style holiday music, presented by the Tacoma TotemAires Men’s Barbershop Harmony Chorus. The show also features uplifting seasonal tunes by selected quartets. In addition, the event showcases the Lodge Room at the beautiful new Tacoma Elks Lodge, 2013 South Cedar Street, on Allenmore Golf Course. December 14th, 7 p.m. December 15th, 2 p.m. Tickets $15 Call 253-752-5135. Info:
Country Music Sensation Florida Georgia Line - 7:00 pm
ShoWare Center, 625 West James Street, Kent, WA 98032
Over the past year, Florida Georgia Line has cherished the good times seeing their quadruple platinum debut single "Cruise" dominate Billboard's Hot Country songs chart. It's been more than two decades since a new country act has captured the public's imagination the way Florida Georgia Line has. The duo's #1 single, "Cruise," hit the Top 10 just 14 weeks after its release, faster than any debut since Brooks & Dunn’s "Brand New Man." Florida Georgia Line have skyrocketed since releasing back-to-back, multi-week #1 smashes in the US and Canada with the platinum-certified "Get Your Shine On" and "Cruise”. The record-breaking duo, comprised of Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley, is the first in 21 years to top the Country airplay charts with their first two singles, according to Billboard. Garnering buzz among fans, media and several superstars across genres - including Taylor Swift, Keith Urban and Ed Sheeran - the hot newcomers most recently scored two CMT Music Awards for Duo Video of the Year and Breakthrough Video of the Year, as well as receiving four nominations for the upcoming CMA Awards in November. Info:
Sonoro Women’s Choir Presents ‘Ceremony of Carols’ - 7:00 pm
St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 10630 Gravelly Lake Dr SW Tacoma, WA
We invite you to join us for an evening of transcendently beautiful music to celebrate the holiday season! Our performance will span choral five centuries of choral master pieces from 14th century composer Tomas Luis de Victoria to contemporary master Ola Gjeilo! Our centerpiece will be Benjamin Britten’s famous work for treble voices, “Ceremony of Carols.” Interspersed will be a variety of favorite sing along carols so you can join in the experience of making music with the choir and finally, we have it on good authority to expect a visit from the jolly man in red! We have three dates and three locations for you to choose! Info:!/events/164523830422906/
ShoWare Center, 625 West James Street, Kent, WA 98032
It's been more than two decades since a new country act has captured the public's imagination the way Florida Georgia Line has. The duo's multi-week #1 single, "Cruise," hit the Top 10 just 14 weeks after its release, faster than any debut since Brooks & Dunn's "Brand New Man." It's the kind of affirmation few young artists ever experience, and yet was just the cap on a year that saw Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard thrill audiences on tour dates with Alabama, Brantley Gilbert and Jake Owen; cut an EP and their first album HERE'S TO THE GOOD TIMES with producer Joey Moi (Nickelback, Jake Owen) and sign a label deal with Republic Nashville -- after selling nearly 200,000 digital downloads independently. To date, "Cruise," alone has sold well over one million; reached #1 on the iTunes Country Singles Chart and helped secure them a spot on Luke Bryan's tour in 2013. "It's safe to say it's been a real whirlwind for us," says Tyler. "It's been awesome." Info:
From Proctor to Prague: An International Christmas - 7:30 pm
Mason United Methodist Church, 2714 N. Madison St., Tacoma, WA 98407
Our annual holiday concerts feature seasonal songs from a variety of countries and cultures, including Eastern Europe, Asia, Africa, and the American Southwest. Join us as we bring the spirit of the Christmas season to you and your family with carols and familiar melodies that beautifully capture rich traditions from around the globe. Info:
Holiday Jazz Concert - 7:30 pm
Tacoma Community College Performing Arts Auditorium, Bldg 2
6501 S.19th St, Tacoma, WA 98466
A Big Band Christmas with Rich Wetzel's EXPANDED Groovin’ Higher Orchestra. Bring your friends and family!!! This is a great annual tradition – buy your tickets now – send this to all your friends and come enjoy a great jazzy holiday show! $15 advanced purchase plus small handling fee. Or $20 at the door. Info:
Carrot Top - 8:00 pm
Emerald Queen Casino I-5 Tacoma Showroom, 2024 E. 29th St., Tacoma
Becoming a pop culture icon is a difficult thing to achieve but Scott “Carrot Top” Thompson has done just that. With over two decades of comedic performance in his rear view mirror, Carrot Top is one of the most popular, recognizable and successful comedians in America. After years of playing out to sold-out shows throughout the country, he has now become a Las Vegas icon as well, recently inking a long-term deal with the Luxor Resort and Casino through 2015. The trademark red locks and the undeniably inventive use of props have vaulted Carrot Top to the level that most comedians can only hope to reach. “Nobody can steal my act,” says Carrot Top. “I’ve challenged comics to write me a prop and they can’t. All comedians can use plays on words or puns but writing a visual joke is something else. A rubber chicken isn’t enough. I have to write my own material and make my own props because no one sells what I do better than me. I’m happy not only that I have my own style but that I’ve been an original from the very start.” Info:
Miracle on 34th Street – The Musical in Concert at Benaroya Hall - 8:00 pm
Benaroya Hall, Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall, 200 University St, Seattle, WA 98101
SHOWTUNES Theatre Company stages a concert version of Meredith Willson’s beloved Miracle on 34th Street – The Musical at Benaroya Hall on December 14 (8pm) and 15 (2pm). Originally titled Here’s Love when it opened on Broadway in 1963, Meredith Willson (Music Man, Unsinkable Molly Brown) later changed the title of the show to Miracle on 34th Street –The Musical and added his 1951 holiday hit song, It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas to the score. This classic tune, recorded by Perry Como, Bing Crosby and Michael Bublé, is one of many spirited songs in the score including: Pinecones and Hollyberries, Here’s Love and That Man over There is Santa Claus. Performances are Saturday December 14th at 8:00 pm and Sunday December 15th at 2 pm. Info:
The Kareem Kandi Band @ Maxwell’s - 8:00 pm
Live jazz. A native of the Pacific Northwest, saxophonist Kareem Kandi is a performer, composer, and educator, who is in high demand for his talents both on and off the stage. All ages welcome. No cover charge. Info:
Arctic Animal Conservation Celebration - 9:30 pm
Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium, 5400 N. Pearl St., Tacoma, WA 98407
Come play the Arctic way! See how our polar bears, muskoxen and Arctic foxes stay cool all year long with fun toys and treats called enrichment. Things like fish-sickles and toys surrounded in ice designed to keep animals active and stimulate their natural behaviors. Watch Arctic animals splash and play all day Saturday, Dec. 14. Learn about the challenges that face these incredible species. Info: