Living & Entertainment

Two dozen-plus things to do this weekend and next in and round Tacoma

Compiled from community submissions

The Christmas Revels will offer six performances over four days, starting Dec. 16.
The Christmas Revels will offer six performances over four days, starting Dec. 16.

Through Dec. 17

“A Christmas Carol”

An adaptation of the story of Ebenezer Scrooge’s journey.

Various times through Dec. 17. Lakewood Playhouse, 5729 Lakewood Towne Center Blvd. SW, Lakewood. $20-$26. 253-588-0042,

Through Dec. 18

Tacoma Musical Playhouse: “Once Upon A Mattress”

Hans Christian Andersen’s classic fairy tale, “The Princess and the Pea,” gets the full musical treatment in this production — with a few surprises.

2 and 7 p.m. through Dec. 18. Tacoma Musical Playhouse, 7116 Sixth Ave., Tacoma. $22-$31. 253-565-6867;

Through Dec. 24

Tacoma Little Theatre: “Seussical the Musical”

The Cat in the Hat takes you on a musical journey through your favorite Dr. Seuss stories. Horton, Jojo, Mayzie, Gertrude, the Whos and even the Grinch show up in a show filled with great songs and dances.

Dec. 1-24; 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, with added performances at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 20-21 and 2 p.m. Dec. 23. Special Performances at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 20 and Dec. 21 and 2 p.m. Dec. 23. Tacoma Little Theatre, 210 N. I St., Tacoma. $22-$26. 253-272-2281,

Dec. 8 and 9

ACT 1 Theatre: “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever”

The Herdman siblings — “the worst kids in the history of the world” — take over the annual Christmas pageant in a hilarious yet heartwarming tale.

7 p.m. Dec. 8, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 9. Liberty Theater, 116 W. Main St., Puyallup. $15 or $20, children 5 and under free.

Dec. 8 and 10

South Sound Classical Choir: “Birth and Renewal”

Christmas concert featuring composers Handel, Lauridsen, Rutter, Vivaldi Mendelssohn and others.

7:30 p.m.. Dec. 8. Puyallup United Methodist Church, 1919 W. Pioneer Ave, Puyallup. 3 p.m. Dec. 10. St. Patrick Catholic Church, 1001 N. J St., Tacoma. Free. 253-460-2662,

Dec. 8

Magical Strings

Featuring three generations of the Boulding Family, plus the Tara Academy Irish Dancers, violinist Jocelyn Pettit, guitarist Colm MacCarthaigh, percussionist Matt Jerrell and vocals and sing-alongs led by Prescott Breeden.

7:30 p.m. Dec. 8., Urban Grace Church, 902 Market St., Tacoma. $12-$28 in advance; $3 more at the door. 253-857-3716,

Bethel School District: “Vivace!”

Choral program holiday tour.

Noon Dec. 8. Graham Library, 9202 224th St. E., Graham. Free. 253-548-3322,

Auburn Community Players: “Scrooge, The Musical”

7 p.m. Dec. 8-9; 2 p.m. Dec. 9-10; 7 p.m. Dec. 14-15. Auburn Avenue Theater, 10 Auburn Ave., Auburn. $13-$16 advance, $18-$21at the door. 253-931-3043,

Dec. 9

Seattle Men’s Chorus: “A Sassy Brassy Holiday”

A concert of holiday music and humor. The Seattle Men’s Chorus presents beloved carols, holiday classics and the antics you expect from this holiday tradition.

3 and 7:30 p.m. Rialto Theater, 901 Broadway, Tacoma. $32-$55. 253-591-5894,

Coming Home: An Original Singing Christmas Tree Production

3 and 7 p.m. Dec. 9-10. Life Center Tacoma, 1717 S. Union, Tacoma. $5-$25. 253-761-2147,

Federal Way Chorale

Winter performance will present the sounds of the Christmas season.

7:30 p.m. Dec. 9. Federal Way Performing Arts & Event Center, 31510 Peter von Reichbauer Way S., Federal Way. $24-$34. 253-835-7010,

Dec. 10

Tacoma Concert Band: “Celebrate Holiday Traditions”

Conductor Robert Musser, in this final season, will lead the concert band in a variety of traditional seasonal music, most of it in nontraditional arrangements. Featured soloists will be soprano Erin Guinup and KIRO Radio’s Dave Ross, narrating “The Night Before Christmas.”

2:30 p.m. Dec. 10. Pantages Theater, 901 Broadway, Tacoma. $18-$36, discounts for students, seniors, and military personnel. 253- 591-5894, 800-291-7593,

International Artists Carillon: “Christmas Bells Are Ringing”

Oboist Cooper Sumrall accompanied by the International Artists Carillon, a handbell solo, a double ensemble piece with St. Luke’s/Bridge Bell Choir and holiday music, including Tchaikovsky’s “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy,” Vasiliev’s “Two Guitars” and Leroy Anderson’s “Sleigh Ride.”

4 p.m. Dec. 10, St. Luke’s Memorial Episcopal Church, 3615 N. Gove St., Tacoma. Suggested donation: adults, $10; youth and seniors, $8; family, $25. 253-759-4750,,

Jazz LIVE at Marine View

Michael Powers’ holiday jazz performance, featuring his contemporary styling on seasonal favorites as well as his own selection of music.

5 p.m. Dec. 10, Marine View Church, 8469 Eastside Drive NE, Tacoma. Free. 253-229-9206,

13th annual community Christmas concert

Musical selections performed by Covenant Children’s Choir, Emerald Ridge High Chamber Choir, Puyallup High School Concert Choir, Rogers High School Concert Choir, Pierce College Concert Choir, PLUtonic Acappella and an Interfaith Choir.

7 p.m. Dec. 10. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 13420 94th Ave. E. Puyallup. Free but attendees are asked to bring non-perishable food bank donations.

Improv in a Pear Tree

Taproot Theatre Company presentation.

9 a.m. Dec. 10. First Presbyterian Church, 20 Tacoma Ave. S., Tacoma. Free. 253-272-3286,

The Tacoma TotemAires: “Home for the Holidays”

Holiday music performed by the longest running barbershop chorus in the Northwest. Will also feature barbershop quartets and the Jet Cities Chorus.

3 p.m. Dec. 10. Curtis High School, 8425 40th St. W, University Place. Tickets available at the door; $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, children under 18 free. 253-237-7464,

Dec. 10, 13, 14, 18, 21

“White Christmas” sing-along

Nine screenings throughout December. Tickets available now.

1:45 p.m. Dec. 10; 6:30 p.m. Dec. 13; 4 and 6:30 p.m. Dec. 14; 1:15 and 6:30 p.m. Dec. 18; 1:15 and 6:30 p.m. Dec. 21. The Grand Cinema, 606 S. Fawcett Ave., Tacoma. $8 matinee, $10.50 general admission. 253-593-4474,

Dec. 16, 17, 19, 20

“The Christmas Revels”

Singing, dancing and storytelling set in Northern Spain on the Camino de Santiago.

2 and 7:30 p.m. Dec 16; 1 and 5:30 p.m. Dec 17; 7:30 p.m. Dec 19; and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 20. Rialto Theater, 310 S. Ninth. St., Tacoma. $12-$35.50. 253-591-5894,

Tapestry Singers

Holiday concert in the atrium.

6:30 p.m. Dec. 13. University Place Library, 3609 Market Place W., University Place. Free. 253-548-3307

Dec. 14

Command performance of “A Christmas Carol”

Lakewood Historical Society fund raiser.

7 p.m. Dec. 14. Lakewood Playhouse, 5729 Lakewood Towne Center Blvd. S.W., Lakewood. $20. 253-682-3480,

Dec. 14 and 15

Symphony Tacoma: Messiah

Featuring the Symphony Tacoma Voices and solo vocalists Christina Kowalski-Holien, Melissa Plagemann, Wesley Morgan and Charles Robert Stephens. Voices chorus director Geoffrey Boers will conduct.

4:30 p.m. Dec. 14, Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church, 7700 Skansie Ave., Gig Harbor; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15, St. Charles Borromeo, 7112 S. 12th St., Tacoma. $30-48. 253-591-5894,

Dec. 15

Rainier Ringers Presents “Christmas Postcards”

Holiday music from around the world as well as down-home favorites.

7:30 p.m. Dec. 15. Lacey Presbyterian Church, 3045 Carpenter Rd. S.E., Lacey. Freewill offering. 360-491-7722,

Dec. 15-23

Tacoma City Ballet: “The Nutcracker and the Tale of the Hard Nut”

presented alongside the traditional Russian The Nutcracker

7:30 p.m. Dec. 15-16, 21-22, 3 p.m. Dec. 17, 23. Federal Way Performing Arts & Event Center, 31510 Peter von Reichbauer Way South, Federal Way. $33-$103 253-835-7010

Dec. 16

An Evening with Lily Tomlin

Lily Tomlin has received numerous awards, including six Emmys, two Tonys, a Grammy and a Kennedy Center Honors award. She presents many of her timeless characters, from Ernestine to Mrs. Beasley to Edith Ann.

3 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16. Pantages Theater, 901 Broadway, Tacoma. $39-$110. 253-591-5894,

Dec. 16-24

Tacoma Musical Playhouse’s Camp TMP: “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever!”

Presented by the best students from previous CampTMP programs, this comedy musical is adapted from the best-selling young adult book and features favorite Christmas carols.

Various times Dec. 16-24. Tacoma Musical Playhouse, 7116 Sixth Ave., Tacoma. $10. 253-565-6867,

Dec. 16-17

Northwest Repertory Singers: “Celebrate! Rejoice! Sing!”

The 55-voice choral ensemble celebrates the gift of music with holiday favorites it has performed over the past 16 seasons. Highlights include music with brass ensemble, harp, oboe, percussion and a finale for choir, instruments and audience.

Performances at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16 and 3 p.m. Dec. 17, pre-concert lectures at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 16 and 2 p.m. Dec. 17. Mason Methodist Church, 2710 N. Madison St., Tacoma. $17 or $20, children under 12 free. 253-265-3042,

Dec. 17

Film Focus: “The Muppet Christmas Carol”

The family holiday classic starring Michael Caine puts a Muppets spin on Charles Dickens’ timeless tale.

3 p.m. Dec. 17. Pantages Theater, 901 Broadway, Tacoma. $10. 253-591-5894,

An Inspirational Christmas with Elvis

With Danny Vernon.

7:30 p.m. Dec. 22. Auburn Avenue Theater, 10 Auburn Ave., Auburn. $21-$24. 253-931-3043,

Northwest Sinfonietta

The Sinfonietta and co-founder/harpischordist Kathryn Habedank celebrate the holiday season with some of Bach’s most beloved works.

7:30 p.m. Dec. 22. Courthouse Square Ballroom, 1102 A St., fourth floor, Tacoma. $40; $20 ages 21-35; $10 students 20 or younger. 253-383-5344,

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