UPDATED FOR 2017
Looking for some live entertainment and culture for the whole family during the holiday season? Here’s our giant list of Tacoma and South Sound area holiday shows from live plays to concerts, and more!
Note that this guide is specifically for live arts events. For other holiday fun such as Santa breakfasts, tree lightings, and parades, you’ll want to see our Holiday Events Guide. Link to that will be the bottom of this post just as soon as our elves finish it up.
Live Theatre and Productions
Don’t miss this LIVE stage show of the beloved TV special with the Peanuts gang performed at the beautiful Pantages.
A Charlie Brown Christmas, the Emmy® and Peabody award-winning story by Charles M. Schulz, has warmed the hearts of millions of fans since it first aired on television over fifty years ago. Now the classic animated television special comes to life in this national tour stage adaptation featuring all of your favorite characters and classic Vince Guaraldi score. Join, Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the Peanuts gang as they mount a play, save a tree and discover the true meaning of Christmas.
November 25 – December 16, 2017
Based on Frank Capra’s beloved cinematic masterpiece, this faithful musical adaptation follows George Bailey’s life in Bedford Falls as he discovers what the world would be like if he had never been born. Featuring a beautiful contemporary score, this heartwarming and uplifting Holiday musical captures the true spirit of the Christmas Season! Shows weekends through December 16th
Beauty and the Beast– Centerstage Theatre, Federal Way
November 25-December 21.
The classic story with a panto twist makes this show perfect for the whole family. Tickets are $35 Adults, $30 Seniors (65+)/Military, $15 Youth (25 & under), and $50 VIP. Note from SFM: This is a parody/comedy style show-It is NOT a traditional Beauty and the Beast and definitely not the Disney version. My family and I have enjoyed these every year, but they aren’t for everyone. Read our review of a previous year’s show to decide if it would be your cup of tea!
Family Packs – 2 Grown-ups (over 18) plus 2 Kids (17 & under) get in $70! [Code word: dame]
November 24 – December 17, 2017
Based on “The Princess and the Pea” by Hans Christian Andersen. Princess Winnifred arrives at Prince Dauntless the Drab’s castle hoping for the hand of the prince. His mother, Queen Agravain, insists that her son can only marry a princess of true blood (one who can feel a pea that is underneath a pile of mattresses). Winifred passes the test, unable to sleep all night from discomfort and they live happily ever after. Order Tickets
December 2nd 10AM
Santa Claus is coming to TMP! Santa and the TMP elves will be at TMP to kick-off the holiday season. There will be singing of favorite holiday carols, with live accompaniment, and a special story reading by old St. Nick himself. After the sing-along, children will have the chance to meet Santa and give him their holiday wishes. Bring your family, friends and camera. A professional photographer will be provided. 10.00 Order Tickets
In this hilarious Christmas classic, a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the Herdman kids–probably the most inventively awful kids in history. You won’t believe the mayhem – and the fun – when the Herdmans collide with the Christmas story head on!
This delightful comedy is adapted from the best-selling Young Adult book, and has become a holiday staple. Features a few favorite Christmas Carols, and a lot of laughs! All Tickets: $10 Reserved Seating Order Tickets
December 1st – December 24th, 2017*
Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm
Sundays at 2:00pm Pay What You Can: Thursday, December 14th at 7:30pm Click here to purchase tickets
Celebrate the holidays with your family in the world of Dr. Seuss!
A Christmas Carol – Lakewood Playhouse
November 24-December 17.
An adaptation of the story of Ebenezer Scrooge’s journey from an embittered, ungenerous creature into a giving, caring human being at the hands of three spirits, who, one Christmas Eve, show him what life means. This richly textured play brings the full spirit of the book, as well as those of Christmases Past, Present and Yet To Come, to life on the stage.
November 24- December 23, 2017
Recommended for all ages!
Rabbit is frantic, Eeyore is miserable, Owl can’t take action until after the meeting, Pooh is stuck and Piglet is missing! Come along as Pooh rescues Piglet from the strange new animal in the forest.READ MORE
They are also doing a short, daytime production of The Elves and the Shoemaker for young children.
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever – Gig Harbor Paradise Theater; November 18-December 10. The classic holiday movie comes to the stage! Tickets are $10-27.
We’ve got a separate guide to all of the Nutrcracker productions in the area!
Sunday, December 3rd
Sounds of the Season is Symphony Tacoma’s annual collage of seasonal delights
Family friendly and festive holiday concert features moving choral masterpieces, cherished songs from TV and Christmas movies, and a carol sing-along!
Stadium Thriftway sponsors delicious treats in the lobby before the show – cookies, cider and more
Conducted by Sarah Ioannides