Sunday, Dec. 15
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:
David Douglas: A Naturalist at Work - 10:00 am
Washington State History Museum, 1911 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, WA 98402
Discover the History and Intrigue of Nature in the Northwest. After the age of exploration, the discovery and identification of new species continued to generate great excitement among nations. David Douglas: A Naturalist at Work studies the intersection of geography, science and cultural history through the work of the famed Scottish naturalist and his discovery of more than 200 species in the Northwest. Guest curated by Jack and Claire Nisbet, the exhibit opens at the Washington State History Museum on Saturday, September 21, 2013, and displays Douglas’ journals and observations of Native tribes, rare 19th century botanical books and his original pressed specimens, bird mounts, pelts and skins. In addition, the exhibit traces the origins of the eponymous Douglas fir tree. David Douglas: A Naturalist at Work will be on display through February 23, 2014. Info:
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:
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:
The Christmas Revels - 1:00 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:
Points NE Historical Society Annual Christmas Tea - 1:00 pm
Browns Point Lighthouse and Keeper's Cottage 201 Tulalip NE, Tacoma, WA
Don't miss the Point NE Historical Society Annual Christmas Tea. It's become a beloved holiday tradition in the NE Tacoma area. Find the fun and festivities at the Lightkeepers Cottage( 1903) in the Browns Point Lighthouse Park ( 201 Tulalip). The Cottage will be decorated for the holidays and filled with Christmas caroling and music and tasty treats and beverages prepared by the Ladies and Gents of the PNEHS. The Cottage will be open for docent-guided tours and our museums will be open including our Boathouse museum with the replica of a US Coast Guard Surf Boat ( constructed there in the Boathouse). The Cottage Basement Museum is home to vignette displays of an old-fashioned kitchen, sewing room and schoolhouse. The current exhibit on display is about the Dash Point Community with pictures, documents and artifacts telling stories about this fun and unique community. You can ring the original fog bell. Go ahead, the neighbors won't mind. Santa and Mrs Claus will be in attendance and are available for free pictures. Our gift shop has a host of lighthouse themed gifts as well as those with local history. The event is free. Everyone is welcome. Info:
“Need a Little Christmas?” - 2:00 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:
Sonoro Women’s Choir Presents ‘Ceremony of Carols’ - 2:00 pm
United Church in University Place, 3912 Grandview Dr W, University Place, 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/
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:
From Proctor to Prague: An International Christmas - 3:00 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:
DTNW’s NUTCRACKER ~ Dance Theatre Northwest - 4:00 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:
5th Annual Holiday Jazz at Marine View Featuring Michael Powers - 5:00 pm
Marine View Church, 8469 Eastside Dr. NE, Tacoma, WA 98422
You'd be hard-pressed to name a Northwest musician more recognizable than guitarist Michael Powers ( He has left quite a mark on the regional scene, and in recent years, has shared his musical talents in his "home away from home" Phoenix area. We're happy to have him return for his 5th annual holiday appearance, in which he packs the venue every year. His steady sidemen Eddy Ferguson on bass and Ronnie Bishop on drums provide all the support he needs, as he treats his audience with sound-defying versions of holiday favorites and his own broad repertoire of music. Don't miss a thoroughly entertaining evening of contemporary jazz, R&B, pop and blues in the beautiful setting of Marine View. Admission is free to all ages. 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:
Dakota Bob & the Businessman’s Blues Band JAM - 7:00 pm
Performance Grill, 1525 A St. NE, Auburn, WA
This is a blues jam every Sunday...bring your axe and come on down! Info:
Tacoma Little Theatre, 210 N I St, Tacoma
TACOMA LITTLE THEATRE IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE CHANGING SCENE THEATRE NORTHWEST PRESENTS THE SANTALAND DIARIES. Tacoma Little Theatre in partnership with The Changing Scene Theatre Northwest, the Kitsap peninsula's only fringe theatre, presents David Sedaris' irreverent holiday one-man show, The Santaland Diaries about a starving actor in New York City who reluctantly takes a job as an elf at Macy's Department Store. In what The New York Times calls "a delightfully thorny account of working as a Yuletide elf at Macy's," The Santaland Diaries follows our hero, "Crumpet," through a maze of terrified children, outlandish holiday shoppers, and drunken Santas. This production features Charlie Birdsell as "Crumpet," and isi directed by Pavlina Morris. For mature elves ages 14+ due to strong language and content. Two performances only: December 12 and 15, 2013 at 7:30pm, All tickets are $12.00. Info: