Sunday, Dec. 22
Live Music

SPAR: Steve Cooley (blues) 7 p.m., NC
DAWSON'S: Tim Hall Band (open jam) 8 p.m.
NEW FRONTIER: Open bluegrass jam, 3 p.m., NC, Brooke's karaoke bash, 9 p.m., NC
STONEGATE: Bobby Hoffmann Allstars (open jam) 8 p.m., NC
TACOMA COMEDY: Jim Kellner (comedy hypnotist) 8 p.m., $10, 18+

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:
12 Days of Christmas - 10:00 am
LeMay-America's Car Museum, 2702 E. D St., Tacoma, WA 98421
Drive in to America's Car Museum this holiday season for 12 Days of Christmas! From December 13th through 24th, ACM will feature family-friendly holiday activities, including Santa photos, crafts and ticket giveaways. For the full calendar of events and more information, visit
Model Train Festival - 10:00 am
Washington State History Museum, 1911 Pacific Ave., Tacoma, WA 98402
The 18th Annual Model Train Festival runs from December 21-January 1, though we are closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The museum fills with model train displays, including the largest permanent train layout in the state. Santa will be here for family pictures, and the kids can enjoy interactive activities as well as all the intricate model trains. Please contact Washington State History Museum for official start time of this event. 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:
Franciscan Polar Plaza - 10:00 am
Tollefson Plaza, Pacific Ave. and S 17th St., Tacoma, WA 98402
Nothing says it’s that time of year quite like Tacoma’s outdoor ice-skating rink. Located in Tollefson Plaza across from Tacoma Art Museum, this year the plaza features a larger seating area along with warm refreshments (coffee, tea, hot chocolate), a photo booth and live music, like Kim Archer on Dec. 28. General admission is $8 and $2 for skate rental. Admission for children ages 5 and under is $4. Military members and seniors (65+) receive $1 off admission. Skates are available in a variety of sizes, from a child’s size 6 through an adult size 14. Discount tickets for Polar Plaza are available at Costco. Learn more at or
Rich Wetzel and his Groovin’ Higher Orchestra @ the Royal - 12:00 pm
The Royal Lounge, 311 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501
Leader and Trumpeter, Rich Wetzel has played with numerous bands including The Four Tops, The Temptations, The Spinners, The Ojays, Charo, El Chicano, Al Martino, Wayne Newton, and Legends in Concert. But he always dreamed of starting his own band that would create exciting shows that merge jazz and rock in one band. Groovin' Higher Orchestra is that band. The big band is influenced by the likes of Maynard Ferguson, CHASE, Buddy Rich, Stan Kenton, Louie Bellson, Brian Setzer, Chuck Berry, and James Brown. ...With fantastic vocals, a killing rhythm section and a stellar horn section, Rich and the GHO will surely energize you for the week and the holidays. Personnel Rich Wetzel, Mitch Reems, Rick White, Lonnie Mardis, Jim Cochran, Aaron Hennings, Mandy Faddis, John Beach, Rudy Draco, Ed Ulman, Pete Plumley, Jeff Smith, Randy Heyd, and Kevin England. $5 Suggested Donation. Sponsored by Olympia Jazz Central. Info:
Last Minute Christmas shopping extravaganza with Le Noir Bazaar! - 12:00 pm
A Little Touch of Magick!, 763 Broadway, Tacoma, WA 98402
Free gift wrapping for purchases (donations to 4 Paws Haven appreciated). Free incense with $25 purchase. Free punch on your loyalty card- no purchase necessary. Free Cocoa, cookies, and candy for shoppers. Donate $5.00 to 4 Paws haven and get a discount or gift. Every purchase gets you an entry into a drawing for a $100 gift certificate, the drawing will be held on Christmas eve. Info:
The Nutcracker Ballet - 2:00 pm
Stadium High School Performing Arts Center, 111 North E Street, Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Performing Dance Company welcomes you to this season’s production of “The Nutcracker Ballet”. We invite the young.... and the young at heart.... to enjoy the enchanting story of Clara and her Nutcracker Prince. Choreographed and staged by Artistic Director Jo Emery, this traditional holiday ballet is full of sugarplums and dancing delights. The Tacoma Performing Dance Company will present its annual classic “The Nutcracker Ballet”, Tacoma’s Finest Holiday Tradition at the Stadium High School Performing Arts Center located in Tacoma’s Historic Stadium District at 111 North E Street, Tacoma. Saturday, December 21st at 2:00 and 7:00pm and Sunday, December 22nd at 2:00 and 6:00pm. Tickets are available by calling the TPDC Ticket Line 253-752-8530 or at the door. Over 125 dancers will perform in Tacoma Performing Dance Company's 2013 Nutcracker. Appearing in the two act holiday classic are children from the Jo Emery Ballet School, who portray Party Children, Dancing Mice, Clara's Friends and Ginger Children. Info:
Tacoma Little Theatre, 210 N I St, Tacoma
Tacoma Little Theatre warms up the holiday season with its stage adaptation of Frank Capra’s classic film It’s a Wonderful Life by Anthony Palermo. The saga of George Bailey, the Everyman from the small town of Bedford Falls, whose dreams of escape and adventure have been quashed by family obligation and civic duty. George's guardian angel must descend on Christmas Eve to save him from despair and to remind him, by showing him what the world would have been like had he never been born, that his has been, after all, a wonderful life. It’s a Wonderful Life will run Friday, November 29, 2013 until Sunday, December 22, 2013. Friday and Saturday showings are at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2pm. This show is recommended for all ages. Info: or (2,53) 272-2281.
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:
Pink Bead Video Shoot - 4:00 pm
Jazzbones, 2803 6th Ave, Tacoma, WA 98406-6707
Hey you crazy's. Sunday dec 22 we are filming a video for "Not My First Rodeo" off of our latest album Spaceship Blueprints at Jazzbones in Tacoma. Details: 1. The shoot will be from 4-8pm. 2. Upon entering you will have to sign a release waiver (letting us to film you). 3. 21+ only (IDs will be checked). 4. Must be able to follow directions and listen when we need you. 5. The bar itself will not be open and serving booze, but will be used in the video. So if you’re down to come hang out and be in our latest video and hear a song a million times and get crazy with us and have fun then come on down! Info:
Holiday with Lights at Wild Waves Theme Park - 5:00 pm
Wild Waves Theme Park, 36201 Enchanted Pkwy. S., Federal Way, WA 98003
The Pacific Northwest’s favorite outdoor holiday celebration, Holiday with Lights at Wild Waves Theme Park, returns Dec. 6 to Dec. 31. Families can enjoy a sleigh-full of fun with festive activities, special appearances by some jolly friends and 25 rides and attractions, illuminated by more than one million lights. 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:
A Charlie Brown Christmas - 6:30 pm
Tacoma Musical Playhouse, 7116 Sixth Ave., Tacoma, WA 98406
A perfect holiday show for the whole family! Come see some of TMP's future stars as they perform this brand new musical (a northwest premier!) based on the classic movie! All tickets are $10 each and advance purchase is strongly recommended! Performances are: December 21 at 11:00am, December 22 at 6:30pm, December 23 at 7:00pm, December 24 at 2:00pm. You can purchase tickets in advance (strongly recommended) by calling the box office at (253) 565-6867. 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:
Seattle Men’s Chorus: Play it Again, Santa - 7:30 pm
Benaroya Hall, 200 University St, Seattle, WA 98101
Seattle Men’s Chorus (SMC) borrows from the film classic Casablanca for their annual holiday extravaganza at Benaroya Hall. In Play it Again, Santa, Santa (not Sam) is at the piano and the out-of-the-way nightclub is much farther north – like at the North Pole! There will be eight Seattle concerts plus two outreach performances in Tacoma and Everett. For the first two Seattle concerts of their 34th season opener, SMC welcomes to the stage Tony award-winning pianist and vocalist Levi Kreis (Nov.30 & Dec. 1 only) as the guest artist. In 2005 Levi released his debut album and has since released five studio albums and performance recordings. In 2010 he received the Tony Award for “Best Featured Actor in a Musical” for his role as Jerry Lee Lewis in Broadway’s Million Dollar Quartet (he also appeared in the pre-broadway production at Village Theatre in 2007 in the same role). Levi’s powerful vocals and ability to ‘tear through a gospel song,’ along with SMC’s fabulous musical style, mean that it may be hard to stay seated at this season’s concert. Nov 30 – Dec 22, 2013. Info: