TACOMA PREFUNK SATURDAY, NOV. 25 2017: Small Business Saturday and Cirque-taclar Snowkus Pocus
PREFUNK: The season is coming when not much of anything non-Christmas-related is going on in town. Soon, we’ll be inundated with colorful lights and an unending parade of cloying holiday songs. As Seasonal Affective Disorder officially begins to take hold, a pall of false cheer will stand as the only line of defense against crippling depression. In other words: Happy Holidays! Craft beer and cider help keep our minds off of the all-encompassing miasma of winter. For instance, today is Small Business Saturday, an opportunity to embrace not only local small businesses such as Peaks and Pints owned by lifelong Tacomans, but also beer and cider crafted locally. Peaks and Pints has all the local breweries in our cooler, but also on tap Fierce County Everything Nice semi-sweet cider (Puyallup), Odd Otter SchuPac Peppercorn Saison (Tacoma), Triceratops Pennsyltucky Lager (Tumwater), E9 Brewery Pogo Stick Single Hop IPA with Experimental Hop #342 and Tacoma Brewing Aristotle’s Golden Mean IPA. Instead of getting trampled at Walmart, Small Business Saturday encourages you to shower your local businesses with love.
NOON TO 5 P.M. TACOMA STRIEZELMARKT: The twinkling lights, the scent of gluhwein and Christmas music spreading through the air: the first annual Tacoma Striezelmarkt (Christmas Market) has opened its doors for the first time in the heart of Tacoma’s Stadium District. Expect both indoor and outdoor gift booths, a gingerbread house contest, handmade wreaths and unwrapped toy drive benefiting the Tacoma Rescue Mission.
5 P.M. HOLIDAY TREE LIGHTING: Now in its 72nd year, the annual Holiday Tree Lighting ceremony has been part of Tacoma’s history since 1945, rising out of ceremonies dating back to the early 1900s. Each year, Tacoma positions a huge Christmas tree at Ninth and Broadway. Nearly every year, the tree is gifted to the city by Fort Lewis (now Joint Base Lewis-McChord). These trees have stood through good times and bad — the Great Depression, WWII, Vietnam, energy crises and recessions. Tacoma’s very first community tree was located in Wright Park in 1916, and many followed in this location. It wasn’t until 1945 that the first tree went up at Ninth and Broadway. Anyhoo, gather around the tree for carols and photos with Santa at this free community event, open to the public. This year, the Broadway Center will be a showing of Cirque-taclar’s Snowkus Pocus, and hot chocolate, cider and treats in the Pantages’ lobby afterward.