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Happy Holidays

Thanksgiving Watch N' Game Nov. 25

Watch some football and game with us at the Warrior Zone on Thanksgiving from noon to 8 p.m.! Door prizes given out throughout the day!

• 50+ big-screen TVs
• Food and beverages available for purchase
• Covered heated patio
• Gaming stations
• Billiard tables
• Theater

Open to DOD ID card holders ages 18+

December holiday events:

Holiday Merch through Jan. 7

Your Arts & Crafts Center is also your holiday gift shop! The staff is thrilled to offer you traditional beanies and caps along with cotton canvas duffle bags that can be customized to make fabulous gifts for everyone on your shopping list!

Pick up these quality-made souvenirs for family or friends or buy them for yourself. JBLM Washington caps, beanies and duffle bags quantities are limited, so come in early for your gifts. If you’d like to create your own personalized designs, the experts can help design and complete your order.

Also add custom-engraved wooden ornaments to your tree! JBLM MWR and Washington state ornaments for 2021 are available while supplies last.

The Arts & Crafts Center is located at 1121 Barnes Blvd., McChord Field.

JBLM Golf Candy Cane Sale

For the golfers among us, be sure to get in on JBLM golf courses’ annual holiday Candy Cane Sale through Dec. 24. Pick a candy cane off the tree and you’ll find bargains with in-stock items at a minimum of 10% off, plus door prizes and holiday treats. The more you spend, the more you save! (All sales items exclude special orders and PING 425s.)

Eagles Pride Golf Course is off I-5, Exit 116 (253-967-6522). Whispering Firs is located at 895 Lincoln Blvd. at McChord Field (253-982-2124).

Santa Paws Contest Dec. 1–28

If you’re on Facebook, enter JBLM Libraries’ online contest starting Wednesday, Dec. 1 and show off your fur-kids, both dogs and cats, dressed in holiday attire or with Santa!

All you do to enter is post a photo on their Facebook announcement at One costume winner for dogs and one for cats will be chosen and announced Wednesday, Dec. 29.

Winners receive a dog or cat prize basket filled with pet goodies (treats, toys, shampoo, brush, soft blanket and more)!

Winterfest Dec. 4

Winter skating: Get an hour of free winter skating at the MWR Fest Tent Dec. 4–10, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Your skate rentals are also free! Capacity: 50. No reservations required. First-come, first-served.

Saturday, Dec. 4, experience stage entertainment and participate in karaoke on the stage. Refreshments also will be available for purchase on-site Dec. 4.


  • Winter Pancakes - $8
  • German Sausage - $9
  • Gluhwien, canned beer, malts - $5
  • Hot Chocolate -$3
  • Water/Soda - $2

The Fest Tent is at 2200 Liggett Ave., Lewis Main.

Trees for Troops: Reservations will be required for all valid ID card holders and families with ranks E-5 and below.  Service members or family members will need to come to the Northwest Adventure Center (Lewis North) or Adventures Unlimited (McChord Field) during regular business hours prior to Dec. 1 to receive a tree pickup reservation time.  All trees will be given out on Saturday, Dec. 4 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the parking lot of N. 12th & Liggett Avenue (across the street from the MWR Fest Tent). Face coverings and social distancing is required if you plan on leaving your vehicle to pick up a tree.

Tree Lighting Ceremony: Everyone is invited to attend JBLM’s annual Tree Lighting Ceremony Saturday, Dec. 4 in front of Jensen Family Health & Fitness Center. Starting at 4 p.m., come watch musical performers onstage featuring CYS youth. At 4:30, the ceremonial tree will be lit and stay lit throughout December for all to enjoy.

Get your cameras ready and watch for a special guest to arrive in his sleigh!

Jensen is located on Liggett Avenue and Division Street at Lewis Main, a block west of First Corps headquarters.

Run Rudolph Run, Run, Run Dec. 4–15

If you want to get into the holiday spirit, join us online for our virtual “12Ks of holidays” run with prizes Dec. 4–15! Details are at and

Army-Navy game Dec. 10

Join us for the 20th Annual Army vs. Navy Flag Football Game Friday, Dec. 10 at Cowan Stadium, starting at 12:30 p.m. We’ll hold a field-goal kicking contest for five lucky spectators for a chance to win a pair of Seahawks tickets! Admission is free. Cowan Stadium is located at 2170 Bitar Ave. and S. 12th St., Lewis Main.

Holiday Parade Dec. 15–18

We’re coming to a JBLM neighborhood near you Dec. 15–18 with our Holiday Parade of vehicles decorated with holiday lights, music and good cheer! Details are at and

Winter Reading Program Dec. 20–Jan. 31

When winter winds howl, warm up with a good book and join our Winter Reading Program!

The reading program runs Dec. 20—Jan. 31 for all ages (adults can read to prereaders). Sign up online at under the library pages.

Patrons with youth in third grade or lower can pick up a reading log at Book Patch Children’s Library or McChord Library, or you can download it online. Enter the books read on your log and complete a bingo line to earn prizes. The last day to pick up prizes from the libraries is Dec. 31.

All other ages earn prizes for every two novels or chapter books read. Record your progress on your online account.

Christmas parties

Holiday Bowl Dec. 24: Bowl Arena Lanes invites you to drop by on Christmas Eve, Saturday, Dec. 24 for fun holiday cheer! The family fun lasts noon–6 p.m. with hourly door prizes, small gifts for youth ages 15 and younger and limited-edition JBLM MWR ornaments that will be given away throughout the event, while supplies last (see pages 32–35 for more gifts from MWR).

Listen for announcements about bowling challenges with prizes for winners!

This event is open to all valid DOD ID card holders. Bowl Arena is at 2271 Liggett Ave. at Lewis Main.

Warrior Zone Dec. 24 & 25: If you’re part of the JBLM community ages 18 and older, you’re invited to Warrior Zone on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Join us Saturday, Dec. 24 for e-gaming challenges across different games and platforms in our traditional holiday spirit of competition. Door prizes will be announced throughout the day.

Sunday, Dec. 25 starting at noon, NBA holiday games will be displayed on projectors and throughout the facility.

Warrior Zone Café will be open both days with food and beverage specials, and the movie theater will be showing popular holiday movies.

Warrior Zone is on the corner of N. 17th and D streets at Lewis North.

New Year’s Eve parties

Last Bowl of 2021: Join in New Year’s Eve fun Friday, Dec. 31, 3–9:30 p.m. at Bowl Arena Lanes.

Bowling challenges will be announced 5–8 with prizes for winners. Starting at 9, watch the Times Square official “ball drop” that rings in the New Year on the East Coast.

Get in on hourly door prizes, gifts for youth ages 15 and younger and our limited-edition JBLM MWR ornament giveaway.

Complimentary apple cider and champagne (for ages 21 and older) will be handed out at 8:50 right before the ball drops!

This event is open to all valid DOD ID card holders. Bowl Arena is at 2271 Liggett Ave. at Lewis Main.

Warrior Zone NY Eve party: Come out to Warrior Zone to celebrate the coming year Friday, Dec. 31. Door prizes will be given away 6–11 p.m., New Year’s hats and more will be passed around, and at 11:50, we’ll hand out complimentary champagne (for ages 21 and older) to celebrate the start of 2022 at midnight!

The facility will be open noon–12:30 a.m., so drop in anytime. Open to DOD ID card holders ages 18 and older. Warrior Zone is on the corner of N. 17th and D streets at Lewis North.

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