If the holidays is a time when you struggle with sadness or blue feelings then join the Blue Christmas or Longest Night service of solace and hope with song, prayer and a candle-lighting ceremony. 7 p.m. Thursday at United Church in University Place, 3912 Grandview Drive W., University Place. Free
Spike and the Impalers are playing in a 7:30 p.m. concert Thursday at Snoqualmie Casino, 37500 SE North Bend Way, Snoqualmie. Tickets are $20-$40; go online to snocasino.com for more information.
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Paradosi Ballet Company “The Nutcracker” based on the Jesus Christ. Come out for the 7 p.m. performance on Friday at Urban Grace, 902 Market St., Tacoma. Tickets are $10. Call 253-857-3716 for more information.
Parents’ Night Out: Let the Children’s Museum of Tacoma entertain your children in a safe and fun environment. The children will play games, explore the playscapes, create works of art and enjoy pizza and treats. All children must be able to use the toilet independently. Registration is required. It is 6-9 p.m. Friday at the museum, 1501 Pacific Ave., Tacoma. Cost is $30. Call 253-627-6031 to register and for more informaiton.