6-Pack of Things To Do —The holiday gift that keeps on giving. Have a great day!
MARKETPLACE: Shopping local for gifts this holiday season carries even more economic significance due to the past nine-plus months of pandemic setbacks disproportionately impacting small businesses. Among the many events to encourage shoppers to (safely) check loved ones off their holiday gift lists is the Mingle Jingle Marketplace at The Old Cannery in Sumner. The pop-up shop will offer a variety of gifts from businesses in Sumner and Puyallup. Order take out from Fat Zach’s Food Truck, and pick up a mini-bundt from Nothing Bundt Cakes. Noon to 7 p.m., Old Cannery Furniture Warehouse, 13608 Cannery Way, Sumner
BEER FLIGHT: Today, Peaks & Pints pairs three Christmas season beers with a holiday commercial for the E.T. Atari 2600 game — one of the most epic video-game bummers ever. Drop by our Proctor District craft beer bottleshop (and crowler-fill bar) for Peaks and Pints To-Go Christmas Beer Flight: E.T., then watch the video as you sip them. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., 3816 N. 26th St., Basecamp Proctor, Tacoma
MUSIC LECTURE: The University of Puget Sound School of Music hosts American soprano Julia Bullock for an inspiring Q&A session during lunchtime. According to the Yew Yorker, Bullock is “a musician who delights in making her own rules” — who’s going to argue with the New Yorker. In addition to her remarkable career as a performer and innovative programmer, she is known for her political engagement and commitment to integrating community activism with her musical life. 12:20-1:50 p.m., Schneebeck LIVE Room, free
HOPPY HOLIDAY FOOD DRIVE: Douville Home Group, in partnership with Peaks & Pints, has kicked of the annual Hoppy Holiday Food Drive, where local breweries and cideries come together to support Emergency Food Network. Through Jan. 8, please bring non-perishable food items and hygiene products to 7 Seas Brewing, E9 Brewing, Grit City Ciderworks, Narrows Brewing, Odd Otter Brewing, Sig Brewing, Wet Coast Brewing, Wingman Brewers, as well as Peaks & Pints, to be distributed to thousands of Pierce County residents in need. Make a donation online through www.hoppyholidayfooddrive.com toward your favorite brewery’s totals. Then, on Jan. 11, join in the celebration over Peaks & Pints Facebook Live for the final weigh-in and announcement of the Hoppy Holiday Food Drive brewery winner and raffle winners.
ZOOLIGHTS: The pandemic means things at one of Tacoma’s most festive hubs of holiday cheer isn’t quite the same this year, but there’s still plenty of holly jolly fun to be had at Pt. Defiance Zoo and Aquarium’s Zoolights. The Zoo’s 700,000 light display depicts everything from Santa’s reindeer to walruses and the 23-foot Mount Rainier. There is an infusion of newness in this year’s event, for obvious reasons. A very limited number of timed online tickets are now available at pdza.org/zoolights. Aquariums, goat area and the carousel will be closed during Zoolights to keep everyone safe, but parking is free. 5-9 p.m., 5400 N. Pearl St., Tacoma, online timed tickets required, $5.50-$14
HOLIDAY LIGHTS: If you’re not into walking for holiday cheer, Fantasy Lights is a highly celebrated drive-thru display of awe-inspiring light exhibits held annually during the holiday season at Spanaway Park. The jaw-dropping two-mile drive includes more than 300 animated displays and thousands of holiday lights that evoke a profound sense of wizardry and reverence for people of all ages. Open through Jan. 3, Fantasy Lights has added additional safety measures to keep you and their staff safer throughout your visit. 5:30-9 p.m. nightly, Spanaway Park, 14905 Bresemann Blvd. S., Spanaway, $15-$20 per vehicle