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Holiday Celebration Lights Up Downtown Tacoma

76th Annual Holiday Celebration Lights Up Downtown Tacoma


November 19, 2021



76th Annual Holiday Celebration Lights Up Downtown Tacoma

--ASM Global and Tacoma Venues & Events host live tree lighting with special visit from Santa--


(TACOMA, WA) - For the 76th year, the holiday tree is up in front of the Pantages Theater at South 9th Street and Broadway. The long-standing, traditional holiday tree-lighting celebration will take place on Saturday, November 27, beginning at 5:00 p.m.


Glowing in sparkling decorated trees, the Pantages Theater lobby will feature display tables, hosted by local resident arts organizations, including Tacoma City Ballet, Symphony Tacoma, Northwest Sinfonietta, Tacoma Concert Band, Puget Sound Revels and the Tacoma School of the Arts. 


Attendees will enjoy Corina Bakery special cookies, hot drinks, mingling Nutcracker ballerinas, courtesy Tacoma City Ballet, and live music by an 11-piece Tacoma Concert Band brass ensemble and a joint string quartet, courtesy Symphony Tacoma and Northwest Sinfonietta. In addition, Santa and Mrs. Claus will read a traditional story and lead a fun-filled singalong of popular children’s holiday songs, followed by the tree-lighting countdown.


“We are truly looking forward to welcoming the community to Pantages and the gorgeous holiday tree standing out front. We’re creating a fun and festive tree lighting event with all the sights and sounds of the season for the entire family,” said Lynn Carlotto, General Manager for Tacoma Theaters.  Tacoma Venues & Events (TVE) recently announced ASM Global, an international leader in venue management, as new managers for the City of Tacoma-owned Pantages Theater (and adjoining Jones Building), the Rialto Theater and the Theatre on the Square.


The 40’ Douglas fir tree was donated by Skyline Presbyterian Church and is decorated over several days with more than 250’ of lights and traditional holiday décor.


For safety measures, the event will be held both indoors and outdoors. Masks will be required when indoors per state mandate. No vaccine verifications or negative tests are required for this event.


On Sunday, November 28, the traditional lighting of The Menorah in honor of Chanukah will be held in front of the Pantages Theater at 5:00 p.m. The menorah has been graciously presented from Rabbi Kesselman of Chabad Jewish Center of Pierce County.


For more information, visit cityoftacoma.org or call (253) 272-3663.



Tammi Bryant - Director of Marketing - Tacoma Venues & Events 

tbryant@tacomavenues.org - (253) 257-5540




ASM Global is the world’s leading producer of entertainment experiences. It is the global leader in venue and event strategy and management –delivering locally tailored solutions and cutting-edge technologies to achieve maximum results for venue owners. The company’s elite venue network spans five continents, with a portfolio of more than 325 of the world’s most prestigious arenas, stadiums, convention and exhibition centers, and performing arts venues. For more information, please visit asmglobal.com.




The City of Tacoma enhances quality of life for the community and drives economic vitality through its premier venues and diverse entertainment opportunities.  Tacoma Venues & Events manages these renowned venues which include the Tacoma Dome, one of the world’s largest wood domed structures with flexible seating configurations ranging from 5,000-21,000; the Greater Tacoma Convention Center, artful and modern with its trademark glass walls and 119,000 square feet of event space; Cheney Stadium, home of the Tacoma Rainiers; and the historic Pantages and Rialto Theaters, and Theatre on the Square.  The department includes Special Events, the Office of Arts & Cultural Vitality, and Tacoma Creates.