Saturday, Dec. 28
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:
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:
Morse WinterFest - 12:00 pm
Morse Wildlife preserve, 25415 70th Ave E, Graham, WA
Bring your family outside during winter break. Get fresh air and explore this serene nature preserve. Look for animal tracks in the frost while sipping hot cocoa. No pets allowed, car-pooling is encouraged. Morse Wildlife preserve is a privately owned nature preserve open to the public only on special days. This is the last event of the year. Info: or
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:
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
B Sharp Coffee House, 706 Opera Alley, Tacoma, WA 98402
Kimball and The Fugitives. The Best of Live Blues and Roots Music! Info:
Wilson High School, 1202 N Orchard St, Tacoma, WA 98406
Woodinville @ Wilson: Rams should be challenged in non-league tilt. Info:,wa)/girls-basketball/schedule.htm
Doyle's Public House, 208 St Helens Ave, Tacoma, WA 98402
Saturday after the Holiday, we have assembled a crew of some of the finest to have played Doyle's over the years, including members of such luminary bands as Allen Stone and Natural Vibrations. It will start out with some gypsy flavored jazz, meander through soul and reggae country, and resolve in unknown funk territory. Join us for this intrepid musical voyage, won't you? Steve Swatkins (Allen Stone, Juno What), Brett Cummings (Natural Vibrations, Higher Vibes), Josh Hegg (All Night Yard Sale, Blue Grit Gypsy), Camron Arneson (Blue Grit Gypsy Band), Jesse Turcotte (Ethan Tucker Band, Mighty High), Jeff Berghammer (Revengers), Kevin Blackwood (Coldnote). Info: