A TREEmendous Holiday

Return to Benaroya Hall for the most wonderful holiday tradition of the year – a night full of song and festivities by the Seattle Men’s Chorus (SMC). The chorus’ holiday performance—A TREEmendous Holiday—features holiday favorites, costumed performances, dance numbers and sing-alongs. While all performances are family friendly, this year’s lineup includes an adapted show specifically …

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Experience Oly on Ice This Holiday Season

Oly on Ice, the portable ice-skating rink in that location every year about this time, is a joint venture of the City of Olympia and Ice Rink Events. It runs through Jan. 17, 2022.

Ballet Northwest's The Nutcracker, 2021

The Land of Sweets Is Back at The Washington Center

This year marks The Nutcracker’s jubilant return to The Washington Center, with Josie and Ken Johnson at the helm. Guest artist Lucas Horns will dance the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy’s Cavalier alongside a cast of over 150.

Excellent Gift Ideas for Olympia Book Lovers

Consider the gift of a fictitious Olympia or Thurston County: a story set in our home, a gift that supports a local author. What’s great about such a gift is showing out-of-state friends and family a part of our home as only a writer can capture it.

Olympia Celebrates a Festival of Lights

by Christian Carvajal for OLY ARTS One of the joys of living in a broad, multicultural society is the resulting plethora of holiday celebrations. Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of lights, begins at sundown on Tuesday, December 12 this year and lasts for eight full days. It commemorates the revolt of the Hebrew Maccabees against the …

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SOGO HoHo Holiday Variety Show

by Jonah Barrett for OLY ARTS The holidays kick off with a roar at the 2017 Student Orchestras of Greater Olympia (SOGO) holiday show, sponsored by Tumwater Eye Center, Academy Mortgage Corporation, and PCS Structure Solutions. The SOGO HoHo event acts as a variety show with holiday cheer to delight all attendees. The performing SOGO …

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South Sound Sacred Celebrations

by Ned Hayes for OLY ARTS Winter is a time for family and for fun. Christmas is often celebrated as a single day during which the birth of Jesus Christ is remembered, yet, for observant Christians, the weeks before constitute an entire sacred season called “Advent” (which means “the arrival”). Advent is celebrated for four …

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Olympia Downtown for the Holidays

by Tom Simpson for OLY ARTS Olympia always welcomes in the new holiday season in style with a joyous celebration full of music, lights and much more. “Downtown for the Holidays” is the annual festive event that welcomes family and friends to the Christmas and Holiday season. This year’s event, created by the Olympia Downtown …

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Weekend Preview: Guide to Events in Thurston County (Nov. 25, 2016)

WEEKEND PREVIEW is your weekly guide to events in Thurston County. We hope you’re ready for the holidays, because they’re in full swing in Olympia this week with plenty of theater and audience-participation shows. Be sure to make your way downtown this weekend for the always-spectacular festival Downtown for the Holidays–and look for free copies …

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