76 th Annual Holiday Celebration Lights Up Downtown Tacoma

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76th Annual Holiday Celebration Lights Up Downtown Tacoma
ASM Global and Tacoma Venues & Events host live tree lighting with special visit from Santa
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 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 the 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 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.
MEDIA CONTACT
Tammi Bryant – Director of Marketing – Tacoma Venues & Events

Indochine’s Creativity in Crisis

What do you do in a community crisis? If you’re Russel Brunton at Indochine in downtown Tacoma, you figure out how to prepare tasty meals for hungry local heroes and keep your staff on the job.

From the early days of the coronavirus challenge, Brunton joined several other restaurant owners to provide nutritious meals for medical personnel at local hospitals. They worked in collaboration with Hero Meals. Donors provided funds, and Downtown Tacoma Partnership ordered and delivered meals. Indochine has prepared some 30 delicious meals a week.

“It’s great to work with Downtown Tacoma Partnership,” Brunton said. J.D. Elquist is a fantastic coordinator. They promote online. He communicates daily, and people cooperate. Consistency is really important.”

“The shutdown has been an exercise in creativity,” Brunton explained. “We reduced our prices by 25 percent. The challenge has been to keep the food fresh and to keep the boxed orders straight.” Brunton found that fried rice, noodles and curry dishes travel especially well, but he tries to add something different to the menu every week.

During difficult weeks it hasn’t been just about the food or about community service. It’s been about individuals who need to work. Brunton says Indochine has been aggressive about keeping people employed. “It’s important to keep our group together, to keep everyone active, to keep their skills sharp,” he said. “Our business is skill-based and team-oriented.” 

“I think the most exciting thing to me is when we are able to bring staff members back to work,” Brunton said. “We have a lot of young people working at the restaurant, and when we can bring one back, it is a great feeling. They are excited to get back to the restaurant and get back to work.”

Most staff work in the kitchen to prepare the signature Indochine dishes. During the shutdown phase, three or four team members have worked in the front on every shift to distribute pickup orders. 

Cooperation, creativity and community service have been key to weathering the COVID-19 pandemic.

EMILY HAPPY

For more information: 

Indochine

www.indochinedowntown.com 

1924 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, WA 98402 

(253) 272-8200