Step back in time to an old-fashioned holiday at 19th Century Christmas at Fort Nisqually Living History Museum in Point Defiance Park. Father Christmas will visit the 1850s fort, pose for photos, play parlor games and make ornaments. And be sure to join the tradition of greeting the yule log with toasts and song. The event runs 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $5-$8 with children 4 and younger admitted free.
No humbug here
The Annual Dickens Festival offers a full day of family activities Saturday in the Stadium District in Tacoma. Start out the day with the Run Like the Dickens Fun Run at 8 a.m. in Wright Park. Continue the day from 11 a.m.-6 pm. with live music and theatrical entertainment, free carriage rides, and beard and costume contests. Finish out the day with the Procession of Stars starting at the Seymour Conservatory in Wright Park and running from 5:30-6 p.m. For more information, go to dickensfestival.net.
With a career in comedy spanning more than 20 years, Rob Schneider is known for his times on “Saturday Night Live” and in films including “Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo,” “The Hot Chick” and “Grown Ups.” He’s bringing his stand-up act to the Emerald Queen Casino, 2024 E. 29th St., Tacoma, for an 8 p.m. show Saturday. Tickets are $20-$55 and available through Ticketmaster.
Join in or just listen when Christ Lutheran Church, 8211 112th St. SW, Lakewood, hosts the annual “Messiah Singalong.” The 2 p.m. Sunday performance, conducted by Anne Lyman, will be accompanied by professional musicians and vocal soloists. The public is welcome; a $10 admission donation is suggested. For more information, call 253-581-0331.
Voices join symphony
In a new take on a Tacoma tradition, the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra’s “Sounds of the Season” concert will also feature the Tacoma Symphony Chorus and the close-harmony group Signatures for the 2:30 p.m. Sunday concert at the Pantages Theater, 901 Broadway, Tacoma. Tickets are $19-$79 at 253-591-5894 or broadwaycenter.org.
Built in 1908, the W.W. Seymour Bontanical Conservatory is one of only three Victorian-style conservatories on the West Coast. With a nod to its past, it will host a Victorian Holiday Celebration from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. The event will include Santa, children’s stories and old-fashioned Victorian holiday cheer. Admission is $3, photos with Santa are $15. For more information, go to metroparkstacoma.org/conservatory.
Breathe fire into your week
Get on board for one of the biggest rock concerts of the year at the annual Deck the Hall Ball starting at 3 p.m. Tuesday. The all-star lineup that includes Imagine Dragons, Weezer, Cage the Elephant, TV On The Radio and Young the Giant will perform at Seattle’s KeyArena. Tickets are $50-$90 and available through Ticketmaster.