Anyone who has ever been stationed in Germany surely remembers the incredible Christmas Markets.  The beautifully decorated outdoor markets selling a variety of gifts, handmade items, and delicious food and Glühwein are found all over Germany and in many other parts of Europe as well.  Who among us hasn’t walked through these beautiful outdoor markets and thought, “Why isn’t anyone doing this back home?”

This year in downtown Tacoma’s Tollefson Plaza the combined efforts of community members, corporate sponsorship, and the volunteers from Local Life Tacoma are making an effort to make an outdoor community space for the public this Christmas.

"Two-Ville" by artist Jeremy Gregory

Starting on November 25th 2011 until January 2nd, an ice skating rink called “Fransiscan Polar Plaza” will be open from 4pm – 10pm while schools are in. When school is out and on Saturdays hours are 10am – 10pm. Ice skating is open 10-8pm on Sundays.  Admission is $8 and skate rental is $2.

Returning for the third year, Two Five Trees will be selling Christmas Trees in the plaza for prices ranging from $20-$40, as well as free candy canes and hot cocoa!

Local artist Jeremy Gregory has contributed a mural titled, “Two-Ville” to the scene, giving it “Bavarian Whoville” vibe.

First Day – Friday, November 25, 7 pm
Enjoy live music from the 80’s cover band Big Huge.

Kick-off Day – Saturday, November 26
Bring the whole family to celebrate the opening of the Franciscan Polar Plaza, and even skate with your favorite dog Leroy!
4:30 pm Skate with Leroy, Santa, and Friends
5:30 pm Ribbon cutting ceremony with the Mayor of Tacoma
6 pm Kent Valley Figure Skating Club
7 pm Music



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