Tuesday, Dec. 24
Tahoma Center Gallery - 8:00 am
Catholic Community Services, 1323 S. Yakima Ave., Tacoma, WA 98477
Solitude and Blues: Jim Oliver's photographic survey of the experience of Solitude, with a counterpoint of Blues. Blues are not sad. Solitude is not loneliness. Artist Reception is Third Thursday, Nov. 21, 5:30-7pm. Gallery is open M-F, 8am-5pm. We are scheduling the Gallery for 2015 and are looking for new artists. Dec 17, 18, 19, 20, 23, 24, 27, 30 8:00am to 5:00pm. Please call 502-2617. 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. Dec. 13 to Dec. 24, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 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:
Jingle Bell Run - 1:30 pm
Wright Park, 316 South G St., Tacoma, WA
Take a break from holiday festivities! Bring your family and friends to Wright Park to enjoy a refreshing afternoon 3 mile run or walk. This race is a Fun Run! We'll listen to holiday music and have a festive time. Bring non-perishable food for St. Leo's Food Bank or old running shoes for the Tacoma Rescue Mission. Costume contest begins at 1:15 pm. Wear your best holiday-themed costume. A shoe certificate from South Sound Running will be awarded to the best overall costume! The event is chipped timed with no age groups or results ceremony. The park is not a closed course so runners please be aware of others out to enjoy the park. Info:
A Charlie Brown Christmas - 2:00 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:
LINKS: Australian Glass and the Pacific Northwest - 2:27 pm
Museum of Glass, 1801 Dock St, Tacoma, WA
Links: Australian Glass and the Pacific Northwest tells two related stories that began in the 1970s. In 1974, American artist Richard Marquis travelled to Australia to lecture, demonstrate and build glass studios at the invitation of the Australia Council for the Arts. Marquis’ relationship with Australian artist Nick Mount initiated a lineage of blown glass artists in Australia. The second story centers on kiln-formed glass and the relationship between Klaus Moje, founder of the glass workshop at Australian National University in Canberra, and the Bullseye Glass Company in Portland, OR. In 1979 Moje met Boyce Lundstrom, co-founder of Bullseye Glass Company, while at a workshop at Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood, WA. At Moje’s instigation, Bullseye Glass Company developed a line of compatible, fusible glass that solved long-standing technical problems. This glass is widely used by Australian artists today. 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:
Christmas Eve Night Service - 5:00 pm
New Horizon, 5600 Valley Ave. E, Tacoma, WA 98424
Come out for a special one hour Christmas Evening Service. We will have candle lighting, cider, caroling and wonderful Christmas fun, with a special word from Pastor Joel Wolfe. 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:
Christmas Eve Services - 6:00 pm
Puyallup United Methodist Church, 1919 W. Pioneer Ave., Puyallup, WA 98371
Three Christmas Eve Services will be offered. All are invited. 6 pm, family-oriented service with Communion. 8 pm, a more contemporary service with Connections Music Team and Communion. 10 pm, traditional service with choir, handbells and Communion. Info:
Argentine Tango has returned to Tacoma - 7:00 pm
Cultura Event Center, 5602 Washington Street S, Tacoma, WA
Dance Argentine Tango every week at the Cultura Event Center. Practica dance $5.00 from 7 to 9:30 open to all tango dancers or those interested in learning tango in the style of Argentina. Small group lessons from 7pm to 8pm (intermediate) and 8pm to 9pm (beginning) available $10 includes the lesson and dance. Info:
Candlelight Christmas Eve Service - 7:00 pm
Stadium High School Performing Arts Center, 111 N. E St., Tacoma, WA 98403
Join New Community Church at Stadium High School at 7pm for a special Candlelight Christmas Eve service with worship and a special appearance from the NCC Children's Choir. Info:
Celtic Christmas Eve Service - 7:00 pm
United Church in University Place, 3912 Grandview Dr. W, University Place, WA 98464
Celebrate the birth of Christ in grand Celtic style! Stomp your feet to the rhythm of the joyful bagpipes, pass candlelight to the haunting strains of "Silent Night," and watch as the symbolic Christ Child is paraded through the congregation on a sheepskin. This family-friendly service holds Christmas magic for everyone. All are welcome. We are an Open and Affirming/Reconciling congregation. Info:
House of Matthews Homeless Housing Program Benefit Dinner Show - 7:00 pm
Serious Soul Café, 35501 21st Ave. SW, Federal Way, WA 98023
Prime Rib Dinner. Show. Raffles. Door Prizes. Comedy. Smooth Jazz Entertainer Darren Motamedy. Bring a non perishable food item and receive a free raffle ticket at the door. Order your tickets in advance and get 5.00 off our Every First Sunday Dinner. Info:
Jazz Combo Class with Kareem Kandi - 7:30 pm
Ted Brown Music, 6228 Tacoma Mall Blvd, Tacoma,WA
Learn jazz theory, Improv and Performance Technique. The Jam is every Tuesday from 7:30 - 8:30pm at Ted Brown Music in Tacoma. To register, contact Stephanie at 253.272.3211. This class is geared towards High School age. Must know how to sight read and know scales. Any instrument is welcome. Fee is $80 per month (100% of fee goes to Ted Brown Music Outreach, a non-profit organization supporting youth music. Info:
Carols and Midnight Mass - 11:15 pm
St. Charles Borromeo Church, 7112 S. 12th St., Tacoma, WA 98465
Carols begin at 11:15; midnight mass starts at midnight. Info: