Calendar: November & December

Oct. 30-Nov. 4 

‘Disney On Ice 2019: Mickey’s Search Party’  

Disney on Ice returns to the ShoWare Center in Kent. Tickets range from $25-$70.

Nov-Feb 

Frozen Fountain Ice-Skating Rink at Point Ruston 

Rent skates or bring your own to enjoy outdoor ice-skating at Point Ruston.  

Nov. 2 

Scott Pierson Trail Cleanup

Give back to the community by helping clean up one of Tacoma’s most frequently used trails.

Nov. 3-4 

Olympia Farmers Market Holiday Market 

Buy fall and winter produce, handcrafted items and gifts, seasonal wreaths, and more at the market on Capitol Way. Santa will begin making appearances on select days in December.

Nov. 8 

Feed253 10th Anniversary Benefit Auction 

Celebrate Feed253’s 10th anniversary and help them continue their work to end hunger in the 253 by joining them at this year’s benefit auction. The event is 6-9 p.m. at Alma Mater in Tacoma.

Nov. 9 

South Sound Winter Beer Festival

The Washington Beer Commission will be offering samples of 30 of local breweries’ seasonal favorites from noon to 6 p.m. at the Washington State Fair Events Center in Puyallup.

Nov. 11 

Free Entrance Day at National Parks 

Mount Rainier National Park and Olympic National Park will be waiving admission fees for Veterans Day.  

Nov. 15 

The Hip Hop ‘Nutcracker’ with MC Kurtis Blow

Directed and choreographed by Jennifer Weber, this contemporary edition of Tchaikovsky’s timeless musical is set to the diverse sights and sounds of New York City. The event will be emceed by Kurtis Blow, one of hip-hop’s founding fathers. Performance begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Pantages Theater.

Nov. 16 

Family STEAM Day at American Car Museum

Design and learn with the whole family in the Education Studio and Family Zone at the American Car Museum. STEAM Day focuses on the relation between automobiles and science, technology, engineering, art, and math. The event takes place from noon to 4 p.m. at LeMay.  

Tacoma Distillery Festival

Tacoma Arts Live presents the first ever Tacoma Distillery Festival, where more than 20 local distilleries will be featured. The festival runs from 3-7 p.m. at the Tacoma Armory.

Nov. 23 

Emerald Downs Presents ‘Hunky Holidays’

Get a sexy Santa experience on Ladies Night at Emerald Downs. The 5th floor will host a full-service bar, while the 3rd floor will have a desert bar and a sexy Santa photobooth. Admission starts at $25.

Nov. 22-Dec. 31 

The Polar Express Train Ride  

Head to Elbe to ride the train with Santa and his helpers while you sip hot chocolate and depart for a trip to the “North Pole.” During the ride, listen to a reading of the Polar Express — guests are encouraged to wear their pajamas.

Nov. 24 

Kids Cooking Class: Sweet Treats  

Molly’s Tamales and Stink Cheese & Meat offer this festive cooking class for kids wanting to learn how to make their favorite holiday treats. 

Nov. 28-Jan 1 

Fantasy Lights 

Pierce County Parks presents the 25th year of Fantasy Lights, a drive-thru light display at Spanaway Park featuring more than 300 displays. As you drive, tune into 95.3 FM to listen to the holiday music. There is a handful of nights when you can also walk through the display and enjoy snacks from food trucks — and it is accessible for all — and wheelchair- and stroller-friendly.

Nov. 28 

Turkey Trots  

Break a sweat before breaking your belt loops this Thanksgiving at the Tacoma City Turkey Trot in Proctor or the Norpoint Turkey Trot in Northeast Tacoma.

Nov. 29-Jan. 4

Lumaze 

Lumaze is a new indoor festival coming to Seattle’s Smith Cove Terminal at Pier 91, where families can enjoy lights and wander through a holiday fairytale to search for six hidden presents to win a prize. In addition to the lights (and stellar family photo opps), there will be playgrounds, a bar for grownups, lots of food, live music, and a vendor market for shopping for gifts.

Nov. 29

‘Elf The Musical’ 

Based on the modern-day holiday classic starring Will Ferrell, this is the story of Buddy the Elf reminding his family and New York City of the true meaning of Christmas, and it’s playing at the Tacoma Musical Playhouse.

Nov. 29-Jan. 5

Zoolights at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium  

Come nightfall, the Tacoma zoo transforms into a twinkling wonderland of 700,000 LED lights with magical 3-D displays. This year, a 100-foot octopus, shimmering Mount Rainier, and a vintage carousel await. Tickets are $11-$13. More information can be found online.

Nov. 30

74th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting 

Since World War II, people have gathered at the corner of South Ninth Street and Broadway in downtown Tacoma to sing carols and light the holiday tree. Make it a part of your holiday tradition this fall, and get a picture with Santa from 4:30-6:15 p.m. in front of the Pantages Theater Lobby on Broadway. tacomaartslive.org/events

Dec. 4-8

A VICTORIAN COUNTRY CHRISTMAS IN PUYALLUP

Head to the Washington State Fairgrounds, and step back in time and enjoy entertainment, food, and shopping during the Victorian Country Christmas. 

Dec. 6-7

FESTIVAL OF TREES

The Festival of Trees at the Tacoma Convention Center is a fun-filled and magical fundraiser that benefits Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital in Tacoma.

Dec. 7

Casper Babypants Performs in Tacoma      

Seattle-based children’s music artist Casper Babypants (Chris Ballew of grunge band Presidents of the United States of America) is coming back to Alma Mater. Doors open at 10 a.m., and tickets are $5, but children under 1 get in free.

Dec. 8

The Village 253 Handmade Market & Mingle       

Support local charities and handmade vendors by coming to the Fifth Annual Handmade Market & Mingle. Free entry, free food, and free kids’ crafts. The event goes from 3-7 p.m. at Union Club Tacoma.

Dec. 13-15

‘The Nutcracker & The Tale of The Hard Nut’        

Enjoy dancing, live orchestral music, grand scenery, and lavish costumes in Tacoma City Ballet’s The Nutcracker & The Tale of the Hard Nut, with performances running from Dec. 13 to 15 at the Federal Way Performing Arts and Events Center. Tickets start at $25.

Dec. 14

11th Annual Santa Runs Tacoma        

Run the 5K, 10K or half marathon this year. Kids 12 and younger can participate in the Tiny Tim’s 1K, and parents can accompany them with no extra cost. Nourish Pierce County will be in attendance accepting donations. Races begin between 8:30 and 10:15 a.m. between A Street and 10th Street.

Dec. 21

The Washington Sneaker Event        

Buy, sell, or trade gear and matching merch with WashGotSole all afternoon at the biggest sneaker exhibition happening in the South Sound area. It’s taking place at the Kent Commons Gymnasium.

Jan. 1

Polar Bear Plunge in Tacoma and Lacey

If it is your thing, you can head to the Point Defiance boat launch in Tacoma or Long Lake Park in Lacey and be brave with others who want to start the year off with a splash.

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