Holiday sweets and treats

Make a gingerbread house or learn to make holiday cookies at various Tacoma establishments. File photo

Sweet things to eat are the culinary equivalent of all the colorful lights and the bright carols of the holiday season. The building of gingerbread houses and the baking of holiday cookies are a vital part of the total sensory experience of the winter holidays.

Between now and Christmas, there is no lack of events that are centered on making gingerbread houses and other treats that are as much holiday ornament as they are dessert. If you have a sweet tooth, here are some activities that you might consider participating in:

Gingerbread Showcase

Through Jan. 2

Courtyard by Marriott Tacoma Downtown, 1515 Commerce St.

The Gingerbread Showcase is a community event presented by Rebuilding Together South Sound in the lobby of the Courtyard Marriott Downtown Tacoma. Displayed from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day, gingerbread landmarks created by local bakers and culinary students from Tacoma Public Schools, showcase the history and flavor of Tacoma.

A new, festive activity for families to enjoy during the holiday season, the Gingerbread Showcase is a collaboration between Rebuilding Together South Sound, its partners, and the Tacoma Public Schools. With the intention of becoming an annual event, and partnering with the Children’s Museum’s Gingerbread Jamboree, it is hoped that you will take time out of your busy holiday season to stop by, enjoy the creations and learn more about Rebuilding Together South Sound.


Free Gourmet Churro and Hot Chocolate (champurrado)

Sat., Dec. 16, 9 a.m.

Angel’s Fine Pastry & Bakery Donuts, 5102 S. Washington St., Suite B, Tacoma

Angel’s is glad to invite you to try their new gourmet churro topped with whipped cream and fresh fruit of your choice (pineapple, strawberry, banana, blueberry, blackberry, raspberry, kiwi, mango, peach), barbarian cream, shredded coconut or chocolate chips. Try Angel’s unique hot chocolate (champurrado) for free. One churro and one champurrado per person.


One Ginger Night

Sat., Dec. 16, 2 p.m.

Abundant Life Fellowship, 

5917 S. Thompson Ave., Tacoma

T’was the night before Christmas and all through the house, every creature was building a gingerbread house. Come to the Abundant Life fireside room for a gingerbread house-making party. Everyone who attends should bring a large bag of candy or edible decorations for the houses to share with the group. All ages are welcome, but parents please come prepared to help your children with their houses. The more the merrier.


Salt Dough Basics Christmas Ornaments Painting Social

Sun., Dec. 17, 3 p.m.

Dazed and Reused Studio, 

740 Broadway, Tacoma

It’s Christmas time, so let’s get ready by making some beautiful handmade salt dough ornaments together. Unleash your inner artist and enjoy a fun afternoon of crafting. Dazed and Reused will be covering salt dough basics. Instructor and artist Nancy Franklin offers 20 years’ experience using salt dough, as it is one of the more affordable and fun art forms out there.

Each person will get hands-on experience by making a small batch of their own salt dough to take home to create with, and then we will get creative.  The instructor will have a huge stockpile of pre-made salt dough ornaments that you get to paint and take home. You will get to paint and decorate your own hand-sculpted salt dough ornaments, plus you will also receive a dotting kit to take home, so you can continue this art form for years to come. This class is for all ages. Cost is $25 per person. Please pay at the door and RSVP on Facebook.


Holiday Cookie Class

Thur., Dec. 21, 4 p.m.

Dolce Si LLC, 

5005 Main St., Suite 105, 

Point Ruston

Take a journey to Sicily and experience the joy of making holiday cookies. The bakers will be sure to include some of your favorites made at the bakery. This class is for kids and adults of all ages. Call the bakery to sign up at (253) 292-0172. Cost: $60 per person. Time: 4-6:30 p.m.


Babbo Natale 

is Coming to Dolce Si

Sat., Dec. 23, 2 p.m.

Dolce Si LLC, 

5005 Main St., Suite 105, 

Point Ruston

Bring the family and enjoy an afternoon with Babbo Natale at Dolce Si.  Enjoy Sicilian holiday treats, hot beverages and music to warm your hearts.


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