The Weekend List: South Sound Fun for Kids and Families for November 30th-December 2nd!

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Looking for affordable holiday fun with the kids this weekend in Tacoma, Auburn, Lakewood, Olympia, or another South Sound spot?  You’ve come to the right place for a whole list of affordable South Sound fun for kids and families this weekend.

If you’re headed north or south, you’ll want to check out the fantastic list over at ThriftyNWmom compiled by super bargain sleuth Sia of Centsible in Seattle.

Ongoing Holiday Events

Olympia Also carriage rides and Santa visits  live caroling and Santa photos available Saturdays through December

 Zoolights at Pt.Defiance Zoo Zoo admission gets pricey. SFM recommends investing in an annual pass (Christmas gift from grandma?) unless you can take advantage of monthly free days for city of Tacoma residents.

Franciscan Polar Plaza is open for skating in downtown Tacoma

 Fantasy Lights at Spanaway Lake (Drive-Thru) Ongoing event through New Years

The reindeer are in at Watson’s nursery in Puyallup Santa during most hours, too. Ongoing event

Sleigh Rides and Santa at the Old Cannery in Sumner Santa Land weekends beginning the 23rd and going through December 23rd. Carriage Rides weekends beginning the 15th of December Check their Facebook page for update

Events This Weekend


South King County

Winter Farmer’s Market in Federal Way

Water Weekends at HCC Mast at Redondo Every Saturday you can get up close with critters in the touch tanks and learn about sea life from 10-2 Here’s their Facebook page

Holiday Tea at the White River Valley Museum in Auburn

Santa comes to Milton crafts and snacks at city hall, followed by tree lighting, Santa’s arrival and visits

Tree Lighting in Renton

Kent Winterfest Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting

Santa Parade and Tree Lighting in Auburn Snacks and crafts, movies, parade and tree lighting. Santa’s regular open house hours begin.

Puyallup/Sumner/Greater Pierce County

Firefighters Food Drive and Pancake Breakfast East Pierce Fire and Rescue serves up flapjacks for just 3.00. Bring donations of food or warm clothing. Good chance you’ll see Santa.

Santa Breakfast in Fife 9-11AM 5.00 pre-register

Victorian Country Christmas at the Puyallup Fairgrounds Gift festival with strolling entertainers in Victorian dress, Santa train ride, and carousel Discount tickets at Top

Emerald Ridge High School Bazaar  A fundraiser for the ASL club. Signing Santa from 3-4; free childcare for shoppers.

Puppets Please at the Graham Library 1:30 Marionette in the round show. Link opens pdf. Show rotates around area libraries this month.

Summit Library Used Book Sale

Santa Parade in Puyallup Tree lighting follows  Santa available for free photos at the pavillion following the tree lighting

Santa with firefighters from Central Pierce

City of Buckley tree lighting

Tree lighting in Bonney Lake

Santa Parade in Sumner Free Santa photos available with food donation

Reindeer Games at the Puyallup Activity Center 6-8PM event for parents and children Crafts, photo op with Rudolph, and more.  13.00/10.00 Register

City of Eatonville Holiday Festival Parade at 1PM; tree lighting 5-9  Note: There are conflicting times for this event. Check at the visitor information


Holiday Fest in Proctor Santa visits, pancake breakfast, strolling musicians, and more

Multicare Festival of Trees Beautifully decorated trees and entertainment. Tacoma Also Sunday

Sing Along with Santa at the Tacoma Musical Playhouse 10.00 Singing, prizes, free pics with Santa (your camera)

19th Century Christmas at Ft.Nisqually Experience an 1855 Christmas at Hyas Sunday. Admission charged.

Victorian Holiday Celebration at the Seymour Conservatory at Wright Park Volunteers in Victorian period dress will serve refreshments and accept donations of gloves, socks, or cash for the rescue mission. Children can hear stories; professional photographs available for 15.00.

Festival of the Nativity at the LDS stake in Tacoma  Free display of many nativity sets. Messiah sing along. Also on Sunday

Charlotte’s Web Story Time and Crafts at Tacoma Libraries 10:30 at Kobetich or 1 at Main

Gingerbread House Making at the University Place Library 2-4 PM No registration required at this location.

Tree Lighting in University Place A full day of fun proceeds Santa’s arrival by fire truck at 3, “Christmas train rides,” and more. Tree lighting at 6PM

Pier Peer at the Pt.Defiance Marina Night time event for kids 8 and up. See sea critters drawn to the dock lights at night. Registration required.

Celebrate His Birth  Free ballet from the Metropolitan Ballet of Tacoma telling the nativity story  Also Sunday

Gig Harbor/Port Orchard/Kitsap Area

Fall Movies at Galaxy Uptown in Gig Harbor 2.00 bargain shows benefit Jaycox Fund. It’s Home Alone today. Doors open at 9:30.

Festivals of Chimes and Lights Port Orchard Day long event with fun run; free showings of Polar Express, tree lighting, Santa, and more

 PenMet Parks Breakfast with Santa in Gig Harbor 8.00/person  pancake breakfast; entertainment; photos with Santa Make reservations

Santa Breakfast at Key Center Fire Station Pre-registration suggested

Pictures with Santa at the Log Cabin Museum in Port Orchard  1 Also Sunday and next weekend

Tree Lighting in Gig Harbor

Harbor Wild Watch will be at Jersich Dock for Pier Peer

Santa at the Fox Island Museum The museum hosts children’s activities monthly. Be sure to check ‘em out!

Living Nativity at Discovery Baptist in Gig Harbor 5-8PM Free, walk through event. Dress warmly. Also Sunday

f you’re one of my Kitsap area readers, you’ll also enjoy the Kitsap Macaroni Kid. You can sign up for Diane’s newsletter to get the scoop on all kinds of events around you!


Santa Breakfast at First United Methodist Church sponsored by Boy Scout Troop 48 5.00 per person/20.00 per family Call 360 459 3514

Just Between Friends Olympia Winter and Holiday consignment event in Lacey

Saturday Story time at the Olympia Barnes and Noble 1PM  Ongoing event

LMNOP Kids consignment sale and holiday bazaar continues in Lacey. Santa on hand select hours.

The new Hands-On Children’s Museum in Olympia is open! Have you read our reader mom review?


Also check out the ongoing events at the top of this list.

Just Between Friends Olympia Winter and Holiday consignment event in Lacey Last day, with many items half-off!

Holiday Open House at the Prairie House Museum in Spanaway

Sing along Messiah at Christ Lutheran in Lakewood 2PM suggested donation of 10.00 with canned food donation. While not a children’s event, it should be fine for interested youngsters, and it’s nice and loud!

A Celtic Christmas at First Presbyterian Church in Tacoma  5PM Free, family friendly musical event

Key Center Tree lighting and Santa appearance

Christmas tree lighting and concert on Fox Island

Santa arrives by helicopter at the Olympic Flight Museum

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