Arts & Culture

Critic’s Picks for Dec. 12-18

LIGHTING UP THE HARBOR HISTORY MUSEUM

Gig Harbor lights up this Friday night for the celebration of the Scandinavian holiday of St. Lucia. The event will include crafts, activities and food related to this saint, revered in Scandinavian countries as the “bringer of light.” The event runs 4-6:30 p.m. at the Harbor History Museum, 4121 Harborview Drive, Gig Harbor. Admission is $3 for adults, $2 for children and free for those younger than 5. 253-858-6722, harborhistorymuseum.org.

RAINIER RINGERS’ BELL CONCERT

The Rainier Ringers handbell ensemble rings out holiday tunes at their annual “Christmas Traditions” concert at 7 p.m. Saturday at Tacoma Community College’s Auditorium (Bldg. 2), 6500 S. 12th St., Tacoma. Admission is by suggested donation of $10 for adults; $8 for students, seniors; or $25 per family. rainierringers.org.

VASHON ISLAND ART STUDIO TOUR

Catch up on holiday shopping or just take an art break at the annual Vashon Island art studio tour this weekend. The self-guided tour includes 32 stops with artists focusing on holiday art like heirloom stockings, botanical prints, gourd ornaments, twig chairs and more. Tour hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at various locations on Vashon Island. Admission is free. See VashonIslandArtStudioTour.com for map and details, or pick up a brochure at most island businesses. Ferry information at wsdot.wa.gov/ferries.

‘SANTALAND DIARIES’ IN TACOMA

If your Christmas spirit is more jaded than joyful, this is the holiday show for you. “The Santaland Diaries” is adapted from David Sedaris’ irreverent book about a starving actor who finds that working as a Macy’s elf adds pushy parents, terrified kids and drunken Santas to the Christmas mix. It is presented by Changing Scene Theatre Northwest at 7:30 p.m. Sunday and Dec. 21 at Tacoma Little Theatre, 210 N. I St., Tacoma. Admission is $14. The show is for those ages 14 and older due to strong language and content. 253-272-2281, tacomalittletheatre.com.

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