Plenty of holiday fun
planned for downtown
Kick off the holiday season at the Olympia Downtown for the Holidays event from noon-5 p.m. Sunday. The family-friendly day is filled with entertainment, free trolly rides, horse-drawn wagon rides, the holiday parade on Capitol Way and more fun. Most activities are centered in and around Sylvester Park and are free. For information, go to downtownolympia.com.
Saturday — Sunday
Sign Up and Save
Get six months of free digital access to The Olympian
Gingerbread Village is tasteful art
While you exploring Downtown for the Holidays, make sure to take in the SideWalk Gingerbread Village. The annual affair features some of the most creative and illuminated gingerbread buildings in the area. The Gingerbread Social provides a first look at this year’s village along with drinks, desserts and music. Bid on a gingerbread house in the silent auction. Proceeds benefit SideWalk’s programs. Tickets are $30 and attendees must be 21 and older. The village is free and open to the public from noon-4 p.m. Sunday, The Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia. For information, go to walkthurston.org.
Catch a laugh at ‘Sister’s Christmas Catechism’
Get a humorous take on the nativity when “Sister’s Christmas Catechism: The Mystery of the Magi’s Gold” comes to The Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia. Retelling the story as only Sister can, this comedic holiday production brings a living nativity to the stage. The show is 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1. Tickets are $13-$42 at washingtoncenter.org.
Music meets poetic muse
Bringing together music and poetry from Shakespeare to Robert Frost to Maya Angelou, “PoetryMusic: Where Words and Music Meet” comes to the Olympia Timberland Regional Library, 313 Eighth Ave. SE, Olympia. The chamber jazz duo Poetry/Music will perform with a multimedia experience in a 7:30 p.m. performance Dec. 1. It is free and open to the public. For information, call 360-352-0595.
Friday (Nov. 25)
Storytelling Guild retakes the stage
It’s storytelling on steroids at the annual Tellebration event sponsored by the Olympia Storytelling Guild. In conjunction with storytelling events across the country, the 7 p.m. Friday (Nov. 25) event will include six local artists and will be emceed by Bruce Whitehouse. For information, go to southsoundstory.org.
Jazz Senators perform at Rhythm & Rye
As part of the Monday Night Jazz series at Rhythm & Rye, 311 Capitol Way N., Olympia, the Jazz Senators will be performing in an 8 p.m. show Monday. The group performs a range of big band jazz from classic Glen Miller to Count Basie and Stan Kenton. Enjoy a evening of jazz music big band style. Suggested $5 donation. For information, go to bit.ly/2fyVqFL.
The Washington Center hall comes alive
Make it a night of music and fun at the “Singalong Sound of Music” at The Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia. Join in singing all the classics from the 1965 movie on the big screen complete with subtitles, plus participants will get a goodie bag with props to get interactive with the movie along with Lauren O’Neill, the singalong host. Dress up in your best 1940s Austrian costume and compete in the costume contest. It is at 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $11-$22 at washingtoncenter.org.