Holiday Tour of Historic Homes: The Olympia Historical Society & Bigelow House Museum sponsors the event from noon to 4 p.m. The tour features five historic properties on the southeast side area of Olympia, the Crosby House in Tumwater and the Bigelow House at 918 Glass Avenue NE, where tickets and refreshments will be available the day of the tour. Tickets will also be available day of the tour at the Crosby House at 702 Deschutes Way. Tour tickets, including map and program, are $15 and are available in advance at Drees at 524 Washington St. SE, Olympia; Popinjay at 414 Capitol Way S., Olympia; and Thompson Furniture at 5407 Capitol Blvd. in Tumwater. Tickets are also available at olympiahistory.org.
Menorah Lighting in the Park: The Jewish holiday of Chanukah begins at sundown and the 7th annual Menorah Lighting in The Park will take place at 4:15 in Sylvester Park, downtown Olympia, , with donuts, latkes, chocolate gelt, hot cocoa, traditional Chanukah songs and raffles. The event is free and open to the public.
Ad Hoc Committee on Police and Community Relations Forum: The Ad Hoc Committee on Police and Community Relations will hold its third community forum 5 p.m. at First Christian Church, 701 Franklin St SE. Although the focus of the Dec. 7 forum will be primarily the Social Service community, it is open to all community members to share thoughts about how Olympia Police can best serve all of the public. Information about the committee and upcoming meetings can be found on the City of Olympia’s website at http://olympiawa.gov/city-government/advisory-committees/police-relations-committee.aspx.
Kids Helping Kids Benefit Concert: Olympia Youth Chorus presents its annual concert, "Ringing in the Season" with shows beginning at 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m., at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 1515 Harrison Ave NW, Olympia. There will be two separate programs on the same evening, highlighting seasonal favorites and featured soloists. Concert 1 will be from 5:30-6:15 p.m., featuring two younger choirs, Dolce and Bel Canto; and concert 2 will be from 7-8:30 p.m., featuring three older choirs, Coro Voce, Forza and Cantabile. Admission is free with donations accepted for the FORKids Program at the Thurston County Food Bank. Information: www.olympiayouthchorus.org
Schmidt House historic tour: The Olympia Tumwater Foundation and the City of Tumwater present a free guided tour of Tumwater’s historic Schmidt House. Doors open at 10:45 a.m., tour begins at 11 a.m., at 330 Schmidt Place, Tumwater. Call 360-786-8117 to confirm your attendance. Note: There are three levels of stairways to negotiate. Tours last just over an hour.
Volunteer orientation: AARP Tax-Aide is looking for volunteers to prepare federal income tax returns. Tax-Aide volunteers provide free tax return preparation and electronic filing for low- and middle-income members of our community. Volunteers of all ages and background are welcome at a volunteer orientation from 1-3 p.m., at the Olympian Community Room, 111 Bethel Street NE, Olympia. Contact District Coordinator Kirsten Klein, 360-269-5771 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Worst Christmas Ever:” The concert takes a humorous look at things that can go wrong during the holidays, presented by Rainier Ringers handbell ensemble. The concert incorporates stories, video, vocals, costumes and an audience singalong. “Worst Christmas Ever” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. at Lacey Presbyterian Church, 3045 Carpenter Road SE. For more information: www.rainierringers.org or email@example.com
Annual Holiday Native Arts Fair: The Longhouse at Evergreen will host the annual Longhouse Holiday Native Arts Fair from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. both days. Meet Native American artists selling original art work in a variety of media. Find affordable original work and high end fine arts in carving, weaving, prints, paintings, music, jewelry, clothing and more. Native foods will be available for purchase both days. Friday parking is $2 at the parking booth. Saturday parking is free. Information: Laura Grabhorn 360-867-6413.
Santa on the train: Santa is coming to the Centennial Train Station from about (depends on when the train arrives) 10 a.m .to 12:30 p.m. There will be refreshments and some entertainment. All ages are welcome. Bring your camera for a selfie of you and Santa. Sponsored by the volunteers of Centennial Station, at 6600 Yelm Highway SE.