Updated for 2017
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 18th 4-7 p.m. Celebrate the beginning of the holiday season with tree lighting, live reindeer, caroling and face painting. 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 on Friday, Dec 1st 8 p.m.
Tree Lighting in Burien Wednesday,December 6th
Normandy Park Winterfest Saturday, December 2nd
Des Moines – Friday, December 1st caroling, Santa photos, and more
Kent Station – December 2nd, 5 p.m. Santa will light the tree in the sprinkler park across from Kent Station.
Auburn – Saturday, December 2, 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 will be between 4 and 6 p.m. on December 2nd. Photos with Santa, crafts, snacks, and other fun beginning at 3PM
City of Edgewood – November 24, 6 p.m., Santa will light the tree to start off the holiday season.
Sumner There will not be a bridge lighting event this year due to construction/repairs to the Stuck River Bridge. Last year, there was a tree lighting at the historic Ryan House on November 26th (would be Saturday the 25th is year). We are checking on whether that is taking place. Your Santa Parade is the 2nd.
Brown’s Point -Monday, December 11th Bonfire, tree lighting, Argosy Christmas Caroling Ship
Fife – Tuesday, December 5, 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 25th
Old Town Tacoma -This is a fun and free daytime event at the Job Carr Museum. In the past, it has included the lighting of the little tree in front of the museum. We are still checking on that.
University Place – On December 1st, 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 24-25, 6:30-8 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 2nd, 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.
Lakewood – 5:30-8 p.m. December 1st. The tree lighting is at 6:15 and there are free crafts and entertainment as well.
Gig Harbor, Port Orchard, and Kitsap County
Fox Island – Sunday, December 3 5:30-7 p.m. at the Nichols Community Center , tree lighting will be followed by a holiday concert.
Gig Harbor, – Saturday, December 2. 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 2, 11:00 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Enjoy decorated boats in the harbor, Sana’s arrival, tree lighting, and more.
Thurston, Olympia, Lacey, and Dupont Area
Olympia – December 1st at 6 p.m. will be the annual tree lighting in the Capital Rotunda. This year’s theme is forest animals, with the highlight on animals native to Washington.
Tumwater – Saturday, December 9th, 2:00pm-5:00pm. (Tree lighting at 5 p.m., followed by Santa.) Enjoy the 14th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting with festivities, live music, games, holiday crafts, Santa on an antique fire truck, and the tree lightning!
Lacey -December 4th 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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