Tacoma Holiday Food & Gift Festival
It's a Happy Holiday in October as you SEE, HEAR, & FEEL the coming of the holidays at the 40th Annual Tacoma Holiday Food & Gift Festival. It's a perfect way to get ready for the holidays and a great fun day! Learn more at the Tacoma Holiday Food & Gift Festival website.
You will find unique gift ideas, holiday and home décor, handmade arts and crafts, photography, health and body, clothing, specialty foods and more. Enjoy the Santa Area, daily Cooking Demonstrations and Train setup by TNMRA. Daily performances in the Lobby by Kristin Fletcher pianist.
One ticket good for four days!
Kids age 13 and under are free. Tickets are available for purchase in person at the Heritage Bank Tacoma Dome Box Office or online. Additional convenience fees may apply to online orders. The Box Office opens approximately one hour prior to show start and closes one hour prior to show ending. If utilizing digital tickets, please have your phone charged and your tickets ready for scanning at entry.
Security & Entry
Doors open at 10am daily. Guests may utilize the Exhibition Hall entry doors.
Security measures are in place for all Tacoma Dome events, including metal detectors, bag size restrictions (12"x6"x12"), and bag searches. Backpacks are not allowed. Weapons of any kind, including pocket knives, are not allowed. If you see something, say something™. Visit our Security page for more details. Please note: the Tacoma Dome clear bag policy is not in place for Holiday Food & Gift Festival. However, guests are encouraged to only bring essential items to expedite entry and reduce touchpoints.
The Tacoma Dome is a cashless facility, including all concession sales. Google Pay and Apple Pay are also available at concession points of sale. There are cash-to-card kiosks (reverse ATM’s) where guests can exchange their cash for a Tacoma Dome VISA card. Card balances remain usable anywhere after the event. Going cashless improves the transaction process, reduces wait times, and limits guest to staff contact. Cashless parking payment options are also available. Please visit our Cashless FAQs for more information. Please note: Vendors, like those at Holiday Food & Gift Festival, are encouraged to only accept credit cards or mobile payments for their safety, but individual vendors may still accept cash, if preferred.
Health & Safety Guidelines
Face coverings are no longer required for our guests by state order (subject to change). Individuals are welcome to wear masks if they choose.
Effective March 1, 2022, proof of vaccination or negative testing is no longer required by Washington State mandate to attend large events.
Please continue to monitor this page, as well as our Reopening page for current health and safety protocols.
Tacoma’s top chefs share recipes and cooking techniques to help you prepare a memorable feast for the holidays.
Thursday – October 20th
12pm Chef Hudson Slater, Flavor Hammer, Presenting Bucatini a la Carbonara
1pm Chef Andres Bell, of E9 Firehouse and Gastropub, Presenting Asian Inspired Ginger Beet Salad
2pm Chef Jacob Howell, of En Rama, Presenting Baked Mac and Cheese
3pm Chef Kevin Michalk, of ALMA, Presenting Macerated Apple and Cranberry Jam Tart
Friday – October 21st
12pm Kris Blondin, of Vin Grotto, Presenting Puffed Pastry Pinwheel
1pm Chef Hudson Slater, Flavor Hammer, Presenting Pork Schnitzel, Rosemary Waffle and Apple Fennel Chutney
2pm Chef Jan Parker, of Jan Parker Cookery, Presenting Roasted Pork in Banana Leaf & Beignets with Banana & Jackfruit Foster
3pm Chef Tanya Jirapolchet, of Namjai Thai, Presenting Pad Thai, Thai Satay & Peanut Sauce, Pad Se Eiw
Saturday – October 22nd
12pm Chef Jacob Howell, of En Rama, Presenting Chili and Cornbread
1pm Chef Blake Lord-Wittig, of Blake Lord-Wittig Catering, Presenting Coquito Cream Puff with Coconut Caramel
2pm Chef Abigail Bardwell, of Milk & Honey, Presenting Savory Bucatini Pasta w/ Creamy Pumpkin Sauce
3pm Chef Jon Maley, of Chuch, Presenting Braised Beef, Butternut Squash, Celery, Mustard, Pomegranate
Sunday – October 23rd
12pm Aura Mae, of The Kitchen Beautician, Presenting Day After Thanksgiving Turkey Chili
1pm Chef Hailey Hernandez, of Side Piece Kitchen, Presenting Breakfast Steak Sandwich w. Chimichurri and Fried Egg
2pm Chef Warnessa Victorian, of Lizzie Lou’s Too, Presenting Christmas Brunch
3pm Chef Shawn Tibbitts, of Tibbitts Fern Hill, Presenting New York Cheesecake
Santa Claus is coming to town!
Bring the little ones to the Santa Area. Your child can make their Christmas wishes known to our real bearded Santa and get a first class picture on the spot. The Santa area is located in the Dome under the hanging tree in the center of the hall.
Thursday 11am – 6pm
Friday 11am – 6pm
Saturday 11am – 6pm
Sunday 11am – 4pm