Arts & Culture

16 things to do this weekend and next in and around Tacoma

Compiled from community submissions

“The Waltz of the Flowers,” from the Tacoma City Ballet’s presentation of “The Nutcracker and the Tale of the Hard Nut” at the Federal Way Performing Arts & Event Center.
“The Waltz of the Flowers,” from the Tacoma City Ballet’s presentation of “The Nutcracker and the Tale of the Hard Nut” at the Federal Way Performing Arts & Event Center. Tacoma City Ballet

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. 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,

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, 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. 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,

Dec. 18 and 21

“White Christmas” sing-along

Nine screenings throughout December. Tickets available now.

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. 23-30

Tacoma Musical Playhouse’s CampTMP: “Annie Jr.”

At the one-week winter break camp, students learned the music, choreography and blocking, memorized lines and will perform the musical for friends, family and community members.

Various times Dec. 23-30. Tacoma Musical Playhouse, 7116 Sixth Ave., Tacoma. $7. 253-565-6867;

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