Tuesday, Dec. 31
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:
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:
Tacoma Public Library - Wheelock Branch, 3722 N. 26th St., Tacoma, WA 98407
Put on your dancing shoes and join us for a rocking “noon” year’s eve party! We’ll make crafts, dance, and have a very special countdown to noon. Info:
Main Library, 1102 Tacoma Ave. South, Tacoma, WA 98402
Countdown to the New Year at this kid-friendly event featuring music by Nancy Stewart. Join this national award-winning children's entertainer and Northwest family favorite for a fun-filled concert of sing-along fun! And decorate a festive party hat, have a toast and watch the ball drop at 12 (noon). For families. Info:
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:
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:
C.I. Shenanigans Seafood & Steakhouse, 3017 Ruston Way, Tacoma, WA 98402
C.I Shenanigans will be laying down the foundation for the best New Year’s Eve party around with dinner served until 11pm and live music by Curt Hoagland at 9pm. Toast to the New Year with delicious food, live music, and the best party in the Northwest this New Year’s Eve! C.I. Shenanigans will also be open at 3pm on New Year’s Day. 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:
Don Giovanni Ristorante Italiano & Wine Bar, 18 Auburn Way South, Auburn, WA 98002
BEST NEW YEAR'S EVE PARTY IN THE NORTHWEST. 5:30PM to 1:30AM. DINNER & DANCING with TONY LA STELLA. "Sinatra, Italian Cha-Cha's, Rock-n-Roll.” PLEASE CALL TODAY FOR A RESERVATION (Limited Seating): 253-735-6752! Info:
Liberty Theater, 116 W. Main Ave., Puyallup, WA 98371
Join us for a night of laughs with comedian Marc Yaffee and head liner, Puyallup's own, Susan Jones. First comedian will start at 7:30pm. Price Includes: Gourmet buffet dinner and dessert by Gallucci's Catering, Champagne toast at midnight, NYE Party Favors, Non hosted full bar. Tickets available at The Liberty Theater or online at www. After you purchase tickets please email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to reserve seats together for a group of any size. Info:
Pantages Theater, 901 Broadway, Tacoma, WA 98402
First Night Tacoma-Pierce County is a family-friendly, arts-centered, alcohol free celebration of New Year's Eve that takes place throughout the downtown Tacoma theater district. A First Night button costing approximately $10 ($14 the day of the event) is all it takes to gain admission to the Children's Museum of Tacoma, Museum of Glass, and the Tacoma Art Museum during the daylight hours. Info:
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:
Jazzbones, 2803 6th Ave., Tacoma, WA 98406
Ring in 2014 with local sensations Mighty High, Perry Acker, The Approach and special guests from Seattle The Highlife Band. This show promises to bring good vibrations and energy to keep you dancing into the new year. Bring your 2014 in with us here at Jazzbones, nvrMT Promotions and DA 808! Producing the best reggae concerts in the south sound!! Info:
Lakewood Moose Lodge, 4220 109th St. SW (109th & Halcyon), Lakewood, WA, 98499-4131
This New aYear's Eve Dance is for Moose Lodge Members and their guests. Cost to join is only $25 per year for women, and $50 for men. Potluck dinner starts at 7 pm. Free champagne toast at midnight. Enjoy a mix of Classic Rock & Country presented by the Allan Dale Band. Info:
ShoWare Center, 625 West James Street, Kent, WA 98032
Live Hockey Action! Info:
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:
Muckleshoot Casino, 2402 Auburn Way South, Auburn, WA 98002
Muckleshoot Casino is the place to be for New Year's Eve! We're playing the hottest music featuring the hottest DJ's, go-go dancers, and free party favors beginning at 8pm! Preferred Players Club members can also earn 4X points! Info:
Neuwaukum Grange Hall, 38402 180th Ave. SE, Auburn, WA 98092
Neuwaukum Grange Hall is hosting an Exclusive New Years Eve Celebration with performance by Sammy Steele Band. Don't miss your chance to dress up and count down to the New Year. Lets enjoy cocktails, dancing, and an evening to remember. Doors open at 8pm, close at 1am. Only 350 tickets available. Cocktail Attire preferred. Your ticket includes: Live from Las Vegas Sammy Steele Band 8:30pm-12:30am, Gourmet Cocktail Appetizers, Complimentary Champagne Toast, Party favors, Elegant night of festivities. Limited 5 RV parking spaces available for $20. Info:
Tacoma Comedy Club, 933 Market St., Tacoma, WA 98402
Come celebrate the New Year with LAST COMIC STANDING WINNER Alonzo Bodden!! Also performing is Cory Michaelis, and your special MC for the evening, JUBAL FLAGG (Movin 92.5 morning show). Info:
Comedy Underground: Tacoma, 100 S. Ninth St. (at Big Whisky Saloon), Tacoma, WA 98402
Regularly performing across six continents, Paul Ogata is America's leading comedy export. Paul Ogata's show is an edgy, often-improvised, always-hilarious, wild ride through the corners of his mind. His quick, animated delivery of clever material led him to victory in the prestigious 32nd Annual San Francisco International Comedy Competition. This put Ogata in an exclusive club with such comic greats as Dana Carvey, Sinbad and Doug Stanhope. Info:
The Mansion on Broadway 539 Broadway Tacoma WA
Cultura Event Center, 5602 South Washington St, Tacoma, WA 98409
Cultura Event Center & PH Promotions Presents: CIAO 2014! - A NYE Experience: Join us as we say Ciao to 2013! and Ciao! to 2014! Come ring in the new year with us as we transform Cultura into new heights! Your VIP Experience will include: Enterintainment Line up: Poi Dancers (aka Fire Dancers and hula hoop) - All night long! Un Momento Romantico con la Vos de Los Recuerdo…. Charly Hernandez - 8:30pm-9:15pm. Live Music by THE NW'S Premier Salsa Band: Orquesta LA Solucion - 10:30pm. Live sounds by: Dj-Coroko Dante. All-You-Can-Eat Taco Bar. Complimentary Midnight Champagne Toast. Complimentary Coat Check. Free Party Favors. Mid night Confetti & Ball Drop. Many More Surprises. Info:
The Hub, 1208 26th Ave NW, Gig Harbor, WA 98335
News Years Eve Party! Come party with us! Info:
The Gig Spot, 6615 38th Ave. NW, Gig Harbor, WA 98335
Enjoy and evening of family friendly entertainment in an all ages alcohol free venue. Steele Cross and several other Christian rock bands will help bring in 2014. Complimentary glass of sparkling apple cider at midnight. Info:
Pacific Science Center, 200 Second Ave. North, Seattle, WA 98109
Experience a new kind of New Year’s Eve party with outdoor fire sculptures from the Iron Monkeys Live music will be provided by KEXP’s DJ Riz, Darek Mazzone, DJ El Toro, DJ Sharlese and DJ Alex, who will spin and mix all night. Experience our exhibit halls, planetarium, laser dome. Aerial performances by Suspended Animation in our Ackerley Family Exhibits Gallery. Head to the outdoor courtyards underneath our iconic arches for the closest, private outdoor view of the annual fireworks show. Info:
Morso, 9014 Peacock Hill Ave., Gig Harbor, WA 98332
This year Morso takes you back to the 20’s with a Gatsby’s flair for an evening. We convert Morso into a speakeasy featuring Monte Carlo-style casino fun with prizes along with bubbles for toasting at midnight. Be as formal or as casual as you like. Everyone that comes dressed in Gatsby theme attire will be included in a drawing for great Morso gifts. We are offering a great evening of fun, food and entertainment beginning at 8:30 pm for $75 for our dinner and dessert buffet. Info:
Emerald Queen Casino I-5 Tacoma Showroom, 2024 E. 29th St., Tacoma
Ring in 2014 right here at EQC with a FREE concert by John Kay & Steppenwolf! In the EQC I-5 Showroom, The Cronkites will open the stage with classic rock-and-roll at 8:30pm. John Kay & Steppenwolf will take over at 11pm and ring in the New Year and beyond! Braceleted entry only. A limit of two bracelets per guest will be handed out on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 4:30pm at the base of the EQC I-5 Showroom escalators. Info:
Harmon Brewery & Restaurant, 1938 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98402
FREE!!! Thanks to the sponsorship of the Harmon Brewery & Restaurant this swinging NEW YEARS EVE our show and your party, place to be at, the entertainment is FREE, so come on out Tuesday, Dec 31st from 9-12. Arrive a little early and definitely have dinner and drinks, fantastic food, great beers and drinks, all at affordable prices and it is delicious folks! Beautiful atmosphere and setting for New Year's Eve! Info:
Louie G's, 5219 Pacific Highway East, Fife, WA 98424
Bring in the New Year with Mechanism, Boneshaker, Amadon, Half of infinity, Insuburban Avenue Info:
STAR Center, 3873 S. 66th St., Tacoma, WA 98409
Allenmore Events Center, 2013 S. Cedar St., Tacoma, WA
Join Pacific Grill as we celebrate New Years with Chris Anderson! Enjoy the smooth sounds of Chris Anderson (often compared to Michael Bublé) as you enjoy a Pacific Grill Heavy Appetizer Buffet, Cash Bar, Champagne Toast & Party Favors! Bring your dancing shoes and swing all night! Cocktail Hour: 8:30pm, Show: 9:30pm – Midnight. This year’s event will take place at the NEW Allenmore Events Center located at 2013 South Cedar Street. We are excited to show off our new venue! Plenty of free parking available. Info:
Encore Boutique Nightclub, 1025 Pacific Ave., Tacoma, WA 98401
Don't miss the party of the year at Encore Nightclub featuring a musical journey through the top songs of 2013. Enjoy a spectacular show as we countdown to midnight while highlighting the year's top 10 songs on giant video screens. Admission includes a champagne toast at midnight and Nye party favors, plus...A Signature Encore VIP Card Good For Free Admission For All Of 2014 + 50% Off VIP TABLES! This event will sell out so get your tickets now. This Event Is 21+ Info:
Jade Palace Chinese Resturant, 40th and Bridgeport Way, University Place, WA 98465
Dubble Shhot band plays classic rock and selected classic country hits for New Years Eve from 9:30 to 1 at Jade Palace Chinese Restaurant in Green Firs Shopping Center in University Place - 40th & Bridgeport Way near Trader Joe's New Years Eve, Dec. 31st, 2013. Info:
Good News Church, 2041 S. 66th St., Tacoma, WA 98409
10pm Worship Service will be followed by a New Year's Party. (No tickets required for the worship service, New Year Party will start immediately following the Worship Service at 12pm. The party is a ticket-only event.) Live music, fun games and skits, open mike, raffles, great fellowship and awesome food with your friends - these are just some of the things you can expect at this event! Info:
Hotel Murano, 1320 Broadway Plaza, Tacoma, WA 98402
Kandi will be ringing in the New Year at Hotel Murano this New Year's Eve. Come join us for a great night of music as we say farewell to 2013 and hello to a new year full of possibilities. I'll be joined by Delvon Lamarr on organ and Julian MacDonough on drums. 11pm to 1am, no cover charge, all ages welcome. Earlier in the evening we'll be performing at Maxwell's Restaurant & Lounge in Tacoma WA from 7pm to 10pm. Kandi will be joined by Delvon Lamarr on organ and Steve Bentley on drums. All ages welcome, no cover charge. Info: