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Events for the week ahead: Dickens Festival, Gig Harbor lighted boat parade, holiday concerts and more happenings

Boats fill the bay during the Lighted Boat Parade in Gig Harbor last year.
Boats fill the bay during the Lighted Boat Parade in Gig Harbor last year. Staff file, 2016


Decorated boats take to water at Gig Harbor Lighted Boat Parade

Featuring about brightly lighted boats for the holidays, the Gig Harbor Lighted Boat Parade will circle the harbor, starting at 5 p.m. Sunday. Sponsored by the Gig Harbor Yacht Club, the parade includes a contest for best decorated boat. The public can gather around the water’s edge to view the free parade.


Salmon, environmental education and fun

You can learn about the urban watershed, Swan Creek Park and Salmon Saturday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. Visitors can explore the park at 2820 Pioneer Way E., see returning salmon at the peak of their run, learn about watersheds and how to protect them and join in family activities. The free event is sponsored by Friends of the Swan Creek Watershed, Tacoma EnviroChallenger Programs, Metro Parks Tacoma and the Pierce Conservation District. To learn more, call 253-472-7264 or email


Holiday concert with Tacoma Concert Band at Pantages Theater

Performing for more than 30 years and bringing together 60 musicians, the Tacoma Concert Band will take the stage Sunday for its “Holiday Traditions” concert. The 2:30 p.m. performance will feature Erin Guinup and narrator Dave Ross at the Pantages Theater, 901 Broadway, Tacoma. Tickets are $18-$36 and are available by phone at 253-591-5894 or online at


History comes alive for the holidays at Historic Fort Steilacoom

Learn about the first settlement and fort in the area at Historic Fort Steilacoom Presents: Christmas at Fort Steilacoom. Historians will present a candle-light Christmas from the 1850s in the officers’ quarters. Hours are 4-7:30 p.m. Saturday at Historic Fort Steilacoom, 9601 Steilacoom Blvd. SW, Lakewood. Admission adults $5; children $3; and family $10. For more information, call 253-582-5838 or go to

Sunday — Dec. 21

Break out in holiday song at “White Christmas” sing-along

The “White Christmas” Sing- along at The Grand Cinema, 606 S. Fawcett Ave., Tacoma, will feature the classic film and a sing-along at nine screenings throughout December. Tickets are available now: $8 matinee and $10.50 general admission. Times are 1:45 Sunday; 6:30 p.m. Dec. 13; 4 and 6:30 p.m. Dec. 14; 1:15 and 6:30 p.m. Dec. 18; and 1:15, 4 and 6:30 p.m. Dec. 21. Go to for more information.


Christmas bells will ring at handbell concert

St. Luke’s Memorial Episcopal Church will present the International Artists Carillon: “Christmas Bells Are Ringing” concert, featuring oboist Cooper Sumrall, a handbell solo and a double ensemble piece with the St. Luke’s/Bridge Bell Choir. Holiday music will include Tchaikovsky’s “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy,” Vasiliev’s “Two Guitars” and Leroy Anderson’s “Sleigh Ride.” The 4 p.m. concert will be Sunday at the church, 3615 N. Gove St., Tacoma. Suggested donation is adults, $10; youth and seniors, $8; family, $25. For more information call 253-759-4750 or go to

Saturday — Sunday

Dickens and Victorian spirit abounds at Tacoma festivals

Step back in time, Victorian-style, at the annual Dickens Festival from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday in Tacoma’s Stadium District. Dress your dog in Victorian attire for the Best Dog in Costume contest, see strolling Dickens characters, take a carriage ride or check out activities at the festival tent across from Stadium Thriftway, 618 N. First St. This festival is free.

WW Seymour Conservatory, 316 S. G St., will celebrate a Victorian Holiday Festival from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Visitors can meet Santa and his reindeer, stroll through the conservatory or enjoy refreshments and activities. At 1 p.m. Sunday, Second Sunday Music will feature a performance by Ken Jacobsen, local guitarist, cellist and composer. A donation is requested for the Victorian Holiday Festival.


Jay-Z and 4:44 tour stops at KeyArena

Known for selling more than 100 million records and receiving 21 Grammy Awards, Jay-Z is on tour to support his latest album, “4:44.” He will be at KeyArena, 305 Harrison St., Seattle for an 8 p.m. concert Wednesday. Tickets start at $35.50 and are available through Ticketmaster.