Thursday, Dec. 26

TACOMA COMEDY: Jeff Dye (comedy) 8 p.m., $10m 18+
502 MARTINI: Kim Archer (singer-songwriter) 5 p.m., NC
DAWSON'S: Billy Shew Band (open jam) 8 p.m., NC
GRIT CITY COMEDY: Comedy open mic, 8:30 p.m., NC
STONEGATE: Billy Stoops (open jam) 8 p.m., NC
UNCLE SAM'S: Jerry Miller (blues, rock) 7 p.m., NC

Winter Wildland - 9:30 am
Northwest Trek Wildlife Park, 11610 Trek Dr E, Eatonville, WA 98328
The annual Winter Break is a holiday for the Northwest Trek animals, who get to unwrap gifts, strip branches off Christmas trees and enjoy special treats provided by keepers. And when the animals are having so much fun, it’s a guaranteed good time for people, too. This year’s Winter Wildland is scheduled for Dec. 26-Jan. 1 from 9:30 am-3 pm. It’s a bit too early to say exactly what enrichments keepers will present to the animals, but examples from last year include a large Christmas tree for the grizzly bears, a “candy cane” full of goodies for the fisher, gaily wrapped treats for the porcupine and tree branches for the busy beaver to strip clean. And, there will be special activities for kids. Winter Wildland is the perfect post-holiday gift for family and out-of town friends and relatives. They can unwind amid tall evergreens, the beauty of Horseshoe Lake, the merriment of animals receiving special treats and the wonder of nature all around. Info:
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:
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:
Drum Circle - 6:30 pm
Ted Brown Music, 6228 Tacoma Mall Blvd, Tacoma
Ted Brown Music Tacoma hosts a free, all-ages drum circle every Thursday from 6:30-8 p.m.  You don't need to have a drum to participate. For more info contact Ted Brown Music at (253) 272-3211 or visit