The weather’s shivery, the sky’s dreary, the economy–well, don’t get me started. We definitely need some warm fuzzies right now, and here’s the ticket: watching the lighting of the downtown Broadway Holiday Tree while munching on cookies and cider, chatting to Santa and making history (Tacomans have gathered to light the downtown Tree since 1946). The event is scheduled for this Saturday afternoon, just as it gets dark at 5 p.m., and there’ll be a group photo, so wear your nicest beanie!
As a bonus to get us all in the mood, the Broadway Center is screening the 1970 film “Scrooge: the Movie Musical” starring Albert Finney as the grumpy Ebenezer. Four-time Oscar-nominated and Golden Globe winner, this movie tells the familiar Dickens tale of the stingy boss who refuses to acknowledge the Christmas spirit until three ghosts scare the money out of him. Snowy Victorian streets, fur-muffed carollers, that spooky, ghost-inhabited door-knocker–it’s all there to kickstart the season. (And it’s rated G.)
Screenings at the Pantages are at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m., tickets $8 in advance or at the door. 901 Broadway, Tacoma. 253-591-5894, www.broadwaycenter.org