The life-sized, fully animated stars of “Walking With Dinosaurs” return to the Tacoma Dome for shows starting Wednesday and continuing through Dec. 21. Take the whole family to see as many as 15 robotic dinosaurs “walking” the dome floor, some as tall as 35 feet. Tickets are $27.50-$85.50 through Ticketmaster.
Homes for the holidays
Enjoy an inside look at some Gig Harbor homes decked out for the season at the annual Gig Harbor Holiday Tour of Homes on Saturday. Sponsored by the Altrusa Foundation of Gig Harbor, the tour has become a holiday tradition, with the proceeds benefiting children’s programs in Gig Harbor. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; tickets are $25 and are available at The Inn at Gig Harbor, 3211 56th St. NW, Gig Harbor. For more information, call 253-858-7699 or go to gigharborholidaytour
The gift of glass
Starting in 1994 with just 20 students, Hilltop Artists has evolved into nine different programs that serve more than 500 students each year. Exploring the glass medium through fusion, mosaics, flameworking and glassblowing, the program has hot shops at Jason Lee Middle School and Wilson High School in Tacoma. Come out for its Winter Sale from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday. Arrive at 9 a.m. to get your timed ticket to shorten your wait in line, then return at your appointed entry time to Jason Lee Middle School, 602 N. Sprague Ave., Tacoma. Proceeds support the tuition-free program. To find out more, go to hilltopartists.org.
Holidays by the bay
Highlighting the historic Browns Point Lightkeepers Cottage, the annual Old-Fashioned Family Christmas Tea is a free family-friendly affair hosted by the Point Northeast Historic Society. Meet Santa, sing carols by the organ, enjoy refreshments and tour the historic boathouse, cottage and museum 1-4 p.m. Sunday at the Browns Point Lighthouse Park, 201 Tulalip St. NE, Tacoma. Bring a non-perishable food item for the local FISH Food Bank.
Thursday and Dec. 19
Under the directorship of Sarah Ioannides, the Tacoma Symphony Chorus will perform the classic Handel’s Messiah in two performances. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church, 7700 Skansie Ave., Gig Harbor, and at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 19 at St. Charles Borromeo Church, 7112 S. 12th St., Tacoma. Tickets are $25 and $45, available by phone or online at 253-591-5894, broadwaycenter.org.
With a bloodline going back to The Beach Boys and The Mamas & The Papas, Wilson Phillips reunited in 2008, and the trio now tours performing featured tracks from their career and new songs. Come out for an 8 p.m. concert Sunday at Snoqualmie Casino, 37500 SE North Bend Way, Snoqualmie. Tickets are $25-$65 and available online at snocasino.com.
Instead of tracking down seasonally decorated homes, head out to Skansie Brothers Park, 3211 Harborview Drive, Gig Harbor, or any other spot along the harbor to take in the Gig Harbor Lighted Boat Parade, sponsored by the Gig Harbor Yacht Club. Boats decked out with lights and decorations will begin circling the harbor at 5 p.m. Saturday.