What To Do This Weekend: South Sound Fun for Kids and Families for December 7th-9th

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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

 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 Link opens pdf; scroll down

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 Link opens pdf; scroll down

Holiday Shows-For a whole variety of ongoing, family friendly shows, head here and scroll to the bottom of the page

For area Nutcrackers, go here

Events This Weekend

All Weekend

How to Train Your Dragon Live Spectacular at the Tacoma Dome


Critter Club at the Pt.Defiance Zoo Animal themed crafts, stories, and special visitors for 3 and 4 year olds. 8.00 members/ 10.00 non members. Fee does not include zoo admission. Preregister to hold your spot. 11AM  Also on Friday Reindeer Games this week I know-how cute is that??

Read to a Dog at the Sumner Library 4PM  Kids can drop in and practice their reading skills with a patient canine listener.

Christmas Tree Lighting in Lakewood Free activities; kiddie parade; Santa visits

Christmas at Tree Lighting in Steilacoom

Candlelight Christmas in Gig Harbor Hayrides with Santa, holiday entertainment, extended shopping hours

Free First Friday at the Hands-on Children’s Museum in Olympia. Have you read our reader mom review yet? As this is the first free night in the brand new museum, they’re doing timed entry and asking you to register. Follow the link for all the details.

Polar Express Story Time at Barnes and Noble Federal Way, Lakewood, and Olympia are participating in this event. Story, activities, and treats 7PM


South King County

 Santa Breakfast in Auburn Good chance this is full. Please call first.

Evergreen City Ballet performs the Nutcracker  See my post for half-off tickets

Scholastic Books Warehouse Sale Continues

Winter Farmer’s Market in Federal Way

Author Story Time at Federal Way Barnes and Noble Local children’s author Jan Lydeck tells stories of Teta, the cow.

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 LAST SATURDAY THIS YEAR, after which it will be closed until January 5th.

The Santa House is Open in Auburn 

Puyallup/Sumner/Greater Pierce County

Library Holiday Events The 10th is a 2nd Saturday, which means every library in the PCL system offers free events today, most holiday themed and family suitable. Events include gingerbread house making, puppet shows, and Santa visits! Remember: You can visit and check out books from any PCL library, regardless of which location is your home branch.

Santa with Central Pierce Firefighters: South Hill Christmas Tree Lighting followed by visits with Santa at area fire stations  Tree Lighting at Meridian Habitat and Community Center at 5PM   Bring your own camera for pictures. Canned food donations invited at the tree lighting or the stations.

Santa at Station 61 100 114th St S 5-8PM

Santa at Station 67 8005 Canyon Rd 5-8PM

Santa in Fife  Santa makes select runs with the police and fire department today and tomorrow


Holiday Family Event at Freighthouse Square in Tacoma crafts, Lego displays, 5.00 photos with Santa

Historic Christmas at Fort Steilacoom

Annual Salmon Celebration with the Friends of Swan Creek 

Winter Faire at Tacoma Waldorf School

Dickens Festival in Tacoma’s Stadium District  free carriage rides, puppet shows, children’s performances and more

Gig Harbor/Port Orchard/Kitsap Area

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

Candlelight Christmas in Gig Harbor Hayrides with Santa, holiday entertainment, extended shopping hours. All weekend

Pictures with Santa at the Log Cabin Museum in Port Orchard  1 Also Sunday 11AM-3PM Bring your own camera.

If 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!


Historic Christmas at Fort Steilacoom

Titus Will hosts Santa and some surprise Star Wars characters. 10AM  Donations for the food bank requested. First 50 kids get a special gift from Santa. Bring your camera for photo ops!

Holiday Festival at Nature Nurture Farm

Wonderful World of Worms at the LOTT Wet Science Center in Olympia 1PM program; center is free and open for visits every Saturday. Click on icon of the newsletter (it’s large) for more info.


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

Last Auburn performances of Evergreen City Ballet’s Nutcracker See my post for half off tickets

Lighthouse Cottage Christmas Tea  in the Lightkeeper’s cottage at Brown’s Point Lighthouse Park 1-4PM tour the museum; ring the bell; enjoy treats. I’ll try to find a better contact link for you.

Story time with Mrs.Clause at Freighthouse Square in Tacoma 2-4PM in suite 7 treats provided by Seasonal Delights Cafe and Bakery

Let it Snow! Free Community Festival at the Tacoma Art Museum

Holiday Bazaar at the STAR Center in South Tacoma Read more in my post here.

 Menorah Lighting in Olympia at Sylvester Park

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