WINTER GLASS SALE
Hilltop Artists will hold their annual Winter Glass Sale on Dec. 12, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Jason Lee Middle School, 602 N. Sprague Ave. Find the perfect gift and support students, as all proceeds go back into Hilltop Artists’ tuition-free programs. Shorten your wait in line: arrive at 9 a.m., pick up a timed ticket and return at your appointed entry time. For evening of festivities and exclusive early access, the Winter Glass Pre-sale and Soiree on Dec. 11 is a special benefit for donors who have contributed $200 or more in 2015. There's still time to donate at www.hilltopartists.org or call (253) 571-7670. Those who qualify will receive a special invitation with event details. Bring three or more non-perishable items for the food drive to either sale for a surprise gift.
Don’t let the holidays go by without enjoying ice skating at Polar Plaza at downtown Tacoma’s Tollefson Plaza. There’s live music every Saturday from 7-9 p.m. Coming up: Dec. 5: Dave Calhoun (Jimmy Buffet tribute), Dec. 12: Kim Archer (soul, funk, rock), Dec. 19: Randy Litch & Guest (family holiday music), Dec. 26: Entertainment Masters (karaoke night), Jan. 2: Kareem Kandi (jazz), and Jan. 9: The Stunt Doubles (’90s night). Info: www.polarplaza.com.
More than 300 lighted holiday displays illuminate the grounds of Spanaway Park, 14905 Bresemann Blvd. S. in Tacoma, for the 21st annual Fantasy Lights drive-through display. Beginning at 5:30 p.m. each night, motorists can enjoy the magical world of animation and imagination where bears fly kites, Santa and Rudolf sail a tall ship and reindeer leap over your car. Listen to FM 95.3 for a selection of special holiday music performed by a local high school to add to the festive atmosphere of the park. Admission $14 per vehicle (up to 24 passengers) and $45 for each bus with 25 or more passenger capacity. Get discount coupons at www.piercecountywa.org/parks. Additionally, there will be half-price nights on Dec. 7, 8 and 9 (coupons cannot be combined with half-price nights).
SOUNDS OF THE SEASON
Music Director Sarah Ioannides leads the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra with special guests from the Tacoma Youth Chorus for “Sounds of the Season,” the annual collage of seasonal holiday delights on Dec. 6 at the Pantages Theater, 2:30 p.m. The program is varied, fun, uplifting, and suitable for all ages-from young children to their parents and grandparents. The program will include beloved favorites like "Carol of the Bells," "Ave Maria," and "Somewhere in my Memory," from “Home Alone,” among others. Tickets start at $12 for students and $19 for adults: www.tacomasymphony.org or 1 (800) 291-7593.
Come to Tacoma’s beautiful Downton Abbey-era Pantages Theater and watch the first hour of the first episode of “Downton Abbey” one month before its North American premiere. Arrive early to enjoy carol singers and have your picture taken in the Downton- themed photo area. Costumes are encouraged! No ticket required – free community event with registration at www.broadwaycenter.org.