FIRST NIGHT ON NEW YEAR’S EVE
Tacoma’s First Night celebrations just get bigger and better (see our cover story). This year, expect Alice in Wonderland meets Day of the Dead in street theater, plenty of good bands, and fire dancing everywhere during this family-friendly, alcohol-free, arts-based celebration. Museums open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (entry free with button); the parade starts at 6 p.m. from Seventh and Broadway to the Pantages Theater. Evening events run 6-11:30 p.m.; midnight fire and countdown from 11:30 p.m. Dec. 31. Buttons sell for $10 in advance; $14 on Dec. 31; free admission for children under 10; outdoor activities are free. Events are held at various locations between Seventh and 11th streets on Broadway, Tacoma. Information: firstnighttacoma.org. Buttons: online or at Columbia Bank branches, downtown businesses and museums (see website for list).
BESTIAL WOODCUTS AT FULCRUM GALLERY
In “Bestial Mirrors,” Kellë McLaughlin shows us our inner animals via mythical woodcuts and anthropomorphic sculpture. Hours are noon-6 p.m. Wednesdays and Sundays through Jan. 15 at the Fulcrum Gallery, 1308 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Tacoma. Admission is free. 253-250-0520, fulcrumtacoma.com.
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MUSEUM OF GLASS HEATS UP THE WINTER
If you’re feeling the cold, head to the Museum of Glass for some heat: See the Hot Shop team make a new Kids’ Design Glass creature on Sunday, visit midweek to see resident artist Ethan Stern; or drop in on New Year’s Eve to make your own conehead party hat (noon-5 p.m.) or see fire dancers on the plaza (4 p.m.). Hours this week: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Wednesday. Closed Jan. 1. Admission is $12 adults; $10 seniors, students, military, AAA; $5 ages 6-12; free for those younger than 6. The museum is at 1801 Dock St., Tacoma. 866-4-MUSEUM, museumofglass.org.
SKATE AND ART AT POLAR PLAZA AND TAM
Combine ice skating with art downtown this week. The Polar Plaza offers a small but fun ice rink across the street from the Tacoma Art Museum, which is filled with Western and Northwestern art, armor-inspired jewelry, a video installation and a café and art studio (great for warming up). TAM hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday (but closed Jan. 1). Museum admission is $14 adults; $12 senior citizens, student, military; free ages 5 and younger, and in lobby/studio area. 1701 Pacific Ave., Tacoma. 253-272-4258, tacomaartmuseum.org. Polar Plaza hours: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Monday, Tuesday; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday; 10 a.m.-12:30 a.m. Dec. 31; closed Jan. 1. Admission is $8 adults; $7 senior citizens, students, military; $4 ages 5 and younger; $2 skate rental. Tollefson Plaza, 1700 Pacific Ave., Tacoma. 253-343-3062, polarplaza.com.