Updated for 2018
One of my favorite things to do to ring in the Christmas season is attend a local tree lightning. Something about seeing a tree lit outdoors makes you feel like the magic has finally arrived in the neighborhood. Here is a list of Christmas Tree Lightings in the South Sound, from Auburn to Olympia, and everywhere in between!
We strive for accuracy with all our listings, but we have provided links so you can confirm details before you head out!
South King County
The Landing at Renton –November 17th 6-8 p.m. Celebrate the beginning of the holiday season with tree lighting, stilt walking elves, live entertainment and a Frosty and Rudolph selfie station. All free! Renton friends may also want to check out ongoing festivities at The Landing shopping center, or see Ivar’s Clam Lights at Gene Coulon Park. Opening night is Friday, Nov 30, 6:15 p.m.
Normandy Park Winterfest Saturday, December 1st 5-6:30p.m. Tree lighting, Santa, arts and crafts, hot beverages and SNOW!
Des Moines – TBA
Kent Station – Santa will arrive to Town Square at 5:00 p.m. to count down the lighting of the 35’ Christmas tree and the entire Town Square, synchronized to music & lights.
Auburn – Saturday, December 1, 4:30 p.m. A festive and fun children’s parade, which is followed by community caroling and the lighting of the City Hall Christmas Tree and a spectacular synchronized light show.
Tacoma and Greater Pierce County
Milton – Tree lighting festivities begin at 3 p.m. on December 8th.
City of Lakewood – The all day festivities are on December 8th, 12-6:30 p.m. Music, entertainment, free children’s crafts, free Santa pictures, community caroling, food trucks, and tree lighting at 4:30 p.m.
Sumner – The 92nd annual tree lighting will be at the historic Ryan House on 5 p.m. on November 24th. Caroling and refreshments too!
Brown’s Point -Date TBA. Bonfire, tree lighting, Argosy Christmas Caroling Ship
Fife – Tuesday, December 4, 6:00pm-7:00pm. Santa arrives via fire truck at Fife City Hall. Take a free photo with Santa, enjoy cookies and hot cocoa and see the trees outside City Hall get lit up!
Tacoma, Pantages Theater – Saturday, November 24th, 4:30p.m.
Old Town Tacoma – Saturday, December 8th 1-3:30p.m. This is a fun and free daytime event at the Job Carr Museum. Children’s choirs, cookies, cocoa and free Santa photos. In the past, it has included the lighting of the little tree in front of the museum.
University Place – On December 7th, the fun begins with Santa, a fire truck, carols and snacks at 4:30 p.m. with tree lighting at 6. $5 Santa photos available until 7:30p.m.
Puyallup, A Simple Wish – November 23, 7-8:30 p.m. This is a paid show; tickets are 20.00. Princesses will light the tree. Enjoy refreshments and photos with Santa and the princesses after.
Puyallup Main Street – December 1st, 5:00p .m. Santa arrives on a fire engine and lights the community tree in the park following the lighted parade. Enjoy cookies and cocoa, too!
Bonney Lake Tree Lighting – Saturday, December 2, 6:00pm. Enjoy activities, music, refreshments, pictures with Santa, and the tree lightning. You can also enter a gingerbread house decorating contest.
Gig Harbor, Port Orchard, and Kitsap County
Fox Island – Sunday, December 2 5:30-7 p.m. at the Nichols Community Center , tree lighting will be followed by a holiday concert.
Gig Harbor, – Saturday, December 1. A fun, family event and tree lighting at Skansie Brothers Park. 5-7
Gig Harbor’s Annual Holiday Tree Lighting is the official kickoff to the holidays in Gig Harbor. Come join friends and neighbors for entertainment galore, including live music, refreshments and a visit from Santa on the fire truck!
Port Orchard – Saturday, December 3, 11:00 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Enjoy decorated boats in the harbor, Sana’s arrival, tree lighting, holiday pet parade and costume contest.
Thurston, Olympia, Lacey, and Dupont Area
Olympia – November 25th Downtown for the Holidays features all day festivities with a tree lighting Sylvester Park at 4 p.m.
Tumwater – Saturday, December 8th, 2:00pm-5:00pm. Tree lighting at 5 p.m., followed by Santa.
Lacey -December 3th at 6p.m., enjoy a parade of lighted vehicles, including a fire truck carrying Santa. The tree lighting immediately follows the parade.
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