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South Sound Holiday Events Guide 2012

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Welcome to the Sounds Fun Mom Holiday Events Guide

Below, you’ll find tree lightings, Santa visits, Santa breakfasts,parades, ice skating, gingerbread making, and more! These one or two day events are listed by area and date.

If you’re looking for performances of The Nutcracker, Christmas Carol, or other seasonal fare, scroll down.

Need help finding something? Please just drop me a line, and I’ll be glad to help. Just click on the “Contact Me,” button in the top or come give a shout on the Facebook wall.

South King County

November 23rd Tree Lighting in Edgewood Santa, too.

November 30th Argosy Christmas ship and opening of Ivars Clam Lights at Gene Coulon in Renton Clam Lights nightly through January 1st.

November 24th Santa arrives at Kent Station

December 1st Holiday Tea at the White River Valley Museum in Auburn

December 1st  Santa comes to Milton crafts and snacks at city hall, followed by tree lighting, Santa’s arrival and visits

December 1st Tree Lighting in Renton

December 1st Kent Winterfest Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting

December 1st-Santa Parade and Tree Lighting in Auburn Snacks and crafts, movies, parade and tree lighting. Santa’s regular open house hours begin.

December 8th Santa Breakfast in Auburn

Tacoma and Greater Pierce County

November 22nd-January 1st Fantasy Lights at Spanaway Lake (Drive-Thru)

November 23rd-December 24th  The reindeer are in at Watson’s nursery in Puyallup Santa during most hours, too.

November 23rd Bridge Lighting and Fireworks at the Old Cannery in Sumner Begins at 5PM

November 23rd-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

November 23rd or 24th  Got Princesses? Tree lighting, stories, and special guests at A Simple Wish in Puyallup Tickets 17.95 a person. Call for reservations There is also an open house at Simple Wish the day of the Santa Parade, and a Belle event later in the month.

November 23rd-January 1st Zoolights at the Point Defiance Zoo

November 23rd First day of Ice Skating in Downtown Tacoma at the Franciscan Polar Plaza

November 24th Tree Lighting and Sound of Music Sing Along in Downtown Tacoma Tree lighting is a free community event. Tickets to the Sound of Music sing along are 24.00. Get them half off through Goldstar.

November 28th-December 2nd Victorian Country Christmas at the Puyallup Fairgrounds Gift festival with strolling entertainers in Victorian dress, Santa train ride, and carousel

December 1st Santa Parade in Puyallup Tree lighting follows

December 1st City of Buckley tree lighting

November 24th-December 23rd Argosy Christmas Ships  Lighted ships with choirs visit waterfront communities around the Puget Sound. You can book a ride on one (pricey) or attend a free event in conjunction with one of their stops. Here is the complete schedule. Best bets in the South Sound are the stops at Redondo and Browns Point. If you’re interested in riding on one, check Goldstar for discounted tickets.

December 1st and 2nd Multicare Festival of Trees Beautifully decorated trees and entertainment. Tacoma

December 1st 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

December 1st 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.

December 1st Tree lighting in Bonney Lake

December 1st-Santa Parade in Sumner Free Santa photos available with food donation

December 1st-19th Century Christmas at Ft.Nisqually Experience an 1855 Christmas at Hyas Sunday. Admission charged.

December 1st-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.

December 1st  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

December 2nd St Lucia Fest at PLU 7PM Hour long program with traditional Swedish song, dance, and a children’s performance

December 5th-19th  Gingerbread House Making at Pierce County Libraries Various dates; Link opens a pdf  Some are drop-in, but others require registration and they do fill fast. Find the library you want on the list, and then go to the calendar view for sign ups. You can use the tools in the left sidebar to search by location.

December 1st Santa Breakfast in Fife 9-11AM 5.00 pre-register

December 1st Holiday Fest in Proctor Santa visits, pancake breakfast, strolling musicians, and more

 Santa at the Fire Station Santa visits station 61 in Parkland and 67 in Summit Pics with Santa available; bring a food or toy donation Dates still TBA; Remind me to update this one.

Tree lighting in Orting Date still TBA; Remind me to update this one.

December 4th Tree Lighting and Santa in Fife 6-7  Fire department helps light the tree. Free visit with Santa; hot chocolate

December 6th-Tree Lighting and Santa Visit at the Job Carr Museum in Old Town Tacoma 4-6PM

December 7th- Christmas Tree Lighting in Lakewood Free activities; kiddie parade; Santa visits

December 7th Christmas at Town Hall in Steilacoom Details still tba on this one.

December 8th Holiday Family Event at Freighthouse Square in Tacoma crafts, Lego displays, 5.00 photos with Santa

December 8th Historic Christmas at Fort Steilacoom

December 9th Story time with Mrs.Clause at Freighthouse Square in Tacoma 2-4PM in suite 7 treats provided by Seasonal Delights Cafe and Bakery

December 9th-Let it Snow! Free Community Festival at the Tacoma Art Museum

December 9th Holiday Bazaar at the STAR Center in South Tacoma Read more in my post here.

Santa at the Fire Stations Puyallup, South Hill, and Spanaway stations today Dates still to be announced. Remind me to update this one.

December 8th 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.

Christmas Tree Lighting at South Hill Date still TBA Remind me to update this one.

December 15th Santa at the LeMay Museum

December 15th Holiday Boat Parade travels along the Tacoma waterfront

December 15th Free showing of the Polar Express at the Grand in Tacoma

December 18th Christmas Cookies with Mrs. Claus with Puyallup Parks and Rec for ages 3-12 14.00/12.00 residents  Cookie making supplies included; Mrs.Claus will read a story. Do register early. Sadly, the Santa breakfast is already full. 5-6PM

December 21st Parents Night Out/Last Chance shopping event in Puyallup  Fees and registration required

December 24th Jingle Bell Run Chip timed 5K at Wright Park Bring donations for the rescue mission. Deadline 12/22. No day-of. 10.00 For ages 4 and up. Entry fee includes jingle bells.

December 26th-January 1st- Winter Wildland at NW Trek Watch animals enjoy special themed enrichment treats and activities; included with admission Trek is pricey; SFM recommends investing in an annual pass if you’d go even twice this year.

December 31st-First Night in Tacoma  Family friendly New Years with activities at a variety of venues. More on this to come.

January 1st Brrr!! Polar Bear Plunge at the Pt.Defiance Marina

Gig Harbor/Port Orchard/Kitsap Area

November 24th Santa arrives at Uptown in Gig Harbor

December Free holly cuttings at Wilkison Farm Park in Gig Harbor While supplies last

December 1st-Festivals of Chimes and Lights Port Orchard Day long event with fun run; free showings of Polar Express, tree lighting, Santa, and more

December 1st PenMet Parks Breakfast with Santa in Gig Harbor 8.00/person  pancake breakfast; entertainment; photos with Santa Make reservations

December 1st Santa Breakfast at Key Center Fire Station Pre-registration suggested

Pictures with Santa at the Log Cabin Museum in Port Orchard  1&2nd and 8th &9th

December 1st Tree Lighting in Gig Harbor

December 1st Santa at the Fox Island Museum The museum hosts children’s activities monthly. Be sure to check ‘em out!

December 1st and 2nd Living Nativity at Discovery Baptist in Gig Harbor 5-8PM Free, walk through event. Dress warmly.

December 2nd Key Center Tree lighting and Santa appearance

December 2nd Christmas tree lighting and concert on Fox Island

December 3rd and 4th Living Nativity at Discovery Baptist in Gig Harbor

December 6th Hark the Harbor! Community caroling in Gig Harbor

December 7th-9th Candlelight Christmas in Gig Harbor Hayrides with Santa, holiday entertainment, extended shopping hours.

December 11th Menorah Lighting at Uptown Gig Harbor

December 15th Lighted Boat Parade in Gig Harbor from Gig Harbor Yacht Club

Thurston/Olympia/Lacey/Dupont Area

November 25th Parade and tree lighting in Olympia Also carriage rides and Santa visits  live caroling and Santa photos available Saturdays through December

November 28th Opening Day of the Providence Christmas Forest in Olympia

November 30th Tree lighting in Dupont

December 2nd Santa arrives by helicopter at the Olympic Flight Museum

December 6th Tree Lighting in Lacey

December 15th Historic Christmas Celebration at the state capitol museum in Olympia enjoy decorated mansion, petting zoo, pony rides, hay rides, and more

All Over

Santa visits with fire fighters and Santa runs on fire trucks  **I haven’t done this post yet this year, but I promise it’s coming!

Performances

The list of South Puget Sound Nutcrackers

Singing Christmas Tree by Life Center in Tacoma Runs the 7th-23rd. Free preview on the 6th for military and first responders. Thanks, The Coupon Project!

The Nutcracker the movie at select movie theaters December 3rd

Performances of Oliver by Paradise Theater in Gig Harbor

White Christmas at Sumner Manestage November 24th-December 16th

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever at the Lakewood Playhouse December 13th-24th

Cinderella by Center Stage Theater in Federal Way November 30th-December 23rd

Scrooge! The Musical  in Port Orchard through December 16th

The Wind in the Willows at Olympia Family Theater through the 23rd.

Miracle on 34th Street at Tacoma Little Theater

 Puppets Please! December Holiday themed marionette show rotates around Pierce County Libraries Free event

As always, let me know if I missed something great! I’d love to add it.