UPDATED FOR 2018
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
Pantages Theater presents Frogz
November 24 7:30 pm
Whimsical and inventive, this show is a clever intersection of vaudeville, cirque, and mime. The simplicity and charm catapulted the production to two Broadway runs at the acclaimed New Victory Theater. Like all truly unique things, this show must be seen to be believed. Take a leap and discover why this madcap revue of illusion and imagination has mesmerized audiences around the world.
December 8th 3 and 7:30 pm
Join the host of the hit podcast, Harry Potter & The Sacred Text, Vanessa Zoltan as she brings thought, reflection and laughter to Harry Potter; not just as novels, but as instructive and inspirational texts that teach us about our own lives. Relive the magic chapter by chapter as various themes are explored.Buy Tickets $22, $35, $45
November 30 – December 16, 2018
A Christmas Story, The Musical! comes to hilarious life onstage! Based on the classic 1983 movie, the story takes place in 1940’s Indiana, where a kooky leg lamp, outrageous pink bunny pajamas, a cranky department store Santa, and a triple dog-dare to lick a freezing flagpole are just a few of the obstacles that stand between Ralphie and his Christmas dream.
Rapunzel Centerstage Theatre, Federal Way
November 25-December 21.
Centerstage Continues 11 years of Panto tradition! Take a beloved fairy tale and add some danceable pop music, astonishing routines, and laughs for all ages — your Holidays will never be the same! $12-$35
A Charlie Brown Christmas
At Tacoma Musical Playhouse
When Charlie Brown complains about the overwhelming materialism he sees among everyone during the Christmas season, Lucy suggests he become director of the school Christmas pageant. Charlie Brown accepts, but this proves to be a frustrating endeavor. When an attempt to restore the proper holiday spirit with a forlorn little Christmas fir tree fails, he needs Linus’ help to discover the real meaning of Christmas.
December 15-23, $10
December 8th 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. $10.00 Order Tickets
Yes Virginia There is a Santa Claus at The Lakewood Playhouse
November 23-December 16.
Inspired by a simple, poignant letter written over 100 years ago by 8-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon to the editor of the New York Sun—and by the timeless editorial response printed on the front page of the Sun. “Dear Editor, I am 8 years old. Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus. Papa says if you see it in the Sun, it’s so. Please tell me the truth. Is there a Santa Claus?”
Get tickets here $20-$26
This adaptation engages children of all ages into the fantastical Christmas tale.
November 30- December 23, 2018
Recommended for all ages!
$15-$20 Buy tickets here
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever – Auburn Avenue Theater; December 7-December 16. The classic holiday movie comes to the stage!
The Herdmans are the worst kids in the history of the world–so when they crash Sunday school and demand parts in the Christmas pageant, the whole town panics. These kids have never even heard the Christmas story, but they definitely have rewrites! Soon everyone is calling for first-time director Grace to fire the Herdmans. But it’s up to Grace and the Reverend to help their community see the Christmas story and the Herdman kids through new eyes. Join us for this buoyant musical adaptation of the funny and touching holiday classic.
Tickets are $17-19. Buy here.
We’ve got a separate guide to all of the Nutrcracker productions in the area!
Sunday, December 2nd 2:30
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