It’s such a great weekend if you need something fun to do with your kids and family!
You’ll find a list just like this-just for the South Sound-every Friday morning! One note-While we strive for 100% accuracy, this time of year we do encourage you to use the links we provide to confirm event details, as we have listed literally hundreds of haps on our various guides in the last weeks.
Ongoing Holiday Events
Fantasy Lights at Spanaway Lake The area’s only drive thru light display. Take in the twinkling lights from your cozy car.
Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro Shop Tacoma – Free games, crafts, activities and Santa photos. Ongoing-see link for schedule Free-unless you buy something 🙂
Zoolights, Tacoma – November 23rd-January 6th, 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Explore over half a million lights at the zoo, take a camel ride or get warm in the South Pacific Aquarium.
North Pole at the Fair, Puyallup – Santa photos are completely sold out, BUT You can buy tickets just to play at the Pole if you don’t need or want a photo. Great rainy day option with young children and you can easily spend a whole afternoon here-just make sure everyone knows they’re not seeing Santa, and you’ll have a ton of fun.
Indigo Frozen Fountain – Ice Skating at Point Ruston, November 14th – February 2nd. The Grand Plaza at Point Ruston will be transformed into a winter wonderland! Follow link for admission details and holiday hours.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Santa will be at The Old Cannery Furniture Warehouse for complimentary photos with your families! See link for schedule.
There’s a skating rink in Auburn this year! Let us know about this if you go; we haven’t had a chance to check it out. Look under the, “Community Calendar,” for more info. Located in the heart of downtown Auburn in the Main Street Plaza (Corner of Main Street & Division Street across from City Hall). Purchase your tickets right across the street at Gosanko Chocolate. Tickets are $6 for kids (under 12) and $8 for adults (skates included). Open 7 days a week 3PM-7PM Mon-Fri 11AM-7PM Sat-Sun
Holiday ice skating at Sprinker Rec CenterDecember 7 – 31st | during sessions listed
Holiday music, snowflakes, indoor snow flurries & a decorated Christmas tree in the center of the arena. – “selfie photo favorite” Please Note: Closed Dec. 25 | Jan. 1 Happy Holidays!
Admission prices, skate rental information and more:
Free outdoor light show at Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park through January 1st.
December 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 7:00pm
December 8, 9, 15, 16, 2:00pm
at Auburn Avenue Theater The classic story of the Herdman kids
Light Up the Night – Harbor History Museum
Celebrate Gig Harbor’s Scandinavian heritage at Harbor History Museum’s 5th Annual Light Up the Night festivities. Crafts, games, and traditional Scandinavian snacks are the star at this low cost, family-friendly event. Tickets available online now.
Join in a sing along at the festive Conservatory at Wright Park, 6 pm – 8 pm. Bring the family and enjoy a hot cocoa bar and caroling at the Conservatory. $3 suggested donation.
Elves and Bells Around Town, Steilacoom – Friday, December 14th, 5 pm – 8:30 pm. Santa, Mrs. Claus, Rudolph, Frosty and the elves parade through Steilacoom before stopping at Saltar’s Elementary School.
Storytime at Barnes and Noble stores Most area stores do a free, weekly storytime at 11AM; however, we do suggest calling yours to confirm first, as we have found participation to be inconsistent. It’s Pete the Cat and the Missing Cupcakes at most locations today.
Kids’ Club at Michaels Stores 2.00 or 5.00 for half hour sessions depending on age and craft. It’s a frame making craft today (looks like the craft stick kind) There is also a family t shirt decorating activity from 1-3pm; that one is free with the purchase of the shirt.
South King County
Downtown Renton Santa House Last day for free Santa photos here
Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive by airplane at 9:45 AM! They will hear children’s wishes in the Museum while the Boeing Concert Orchestra and Boeing Band provide holiday music. Enjoy festive family workshops, too! Outdoor event is free, indoor events included with Museum admission.
Visit the HCC Mast Center at Redondo The center and its touch tanks of sea critters are free and open to the public every Saturday from 10-2
Greater Pierce County
Gingerbread Houses at the Sumner Library Make and decorate your own gingerbread house. 10:30-12:30
A Pioneer Christmas: Traditions Across America – Tames Alan presents a costumed, living history lecture! at the Milton/Edgewood Library 1pm Tames shows how the holiday was celebrated by an upper-middle-class family on the east coast, a homesteading town in the Midwest, and those who tried to keep their traditions alive out on the prairie.
Puppets Please at the Summit Library 12-1pm
Orting firefighters will be escorting the big man himself, Santa, through your neighborhoods all day long, handing out candy canes and collecting food drive donations. Link has times for neighborhoods; there is also a parade through downtown this year so he doesn’t miss anyone!
Santa breakfast at the Meeker Mansion call for reservations/availability
Festive Fun at Sunrise Village 3-6PM Wagon rides, petting zoo, and other festive fun
The 2nd Annual Breakfast with Santa will feature two sessions of fun at 8:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. Tickets are on advanced sale for $10, or at the door for $15! Space is limited. Sign up in advance to guarantee your spot. Get tickets here, or purchase at the Center at Norpoint
Join 100 Black Parents for this FREE family visit with Black Santa! Free photos and activities. You do need to register, and spots are going fast.
This fun co-working spot just for moms is hosting a free, community playdate.Cash donations kindly accepted at the door for craft supply and future fun. Crafts, fun, and mom created gifts for sale. Free; donations accepted.
Featured: Tacoma City Ballet Presents The Nutcracker and The Tale of The Hard Nut
Federal Way Performing Arts Center December 15th-23rd. On Dec 15th,16th,22nd and 23rd, you can also join in the Sugarplum tea before the matinee performances. Tickets are $25-$95. This production features the full story, “The Nutcracker and the Tale of the Hard Nut,” the professional Tacoma City Ballet Dancers, gorgeous costumes, and a full orchestra. Purchase tickets here
Free family flick at the Grand sponsored by Colombia Bank It’s A Christmas Story
Puppets Please at the University Place Library
Colorful marionettes perform a holiday-themed, in-the-round show. All ages. No registration required.
Lighted Boat Parade along the Tacoma Waterfront. I *think* anywhere along Ruston Way or Dock St. should have good viewing, but I haven’t done this one personally. If you have tips, we’d love a report!
This interactive planetarium show is specially designed for our youngest visitors aged 3-12.
Approximately 45 minutes. $6 for participating children. Adults get in free! You only need to reserve seats for children. Motions and patterns theme today
Winterfest at Sprinker Rec Center: A full day of fun activities! Photos on the Zamboni, skating with princesses, fruitcake bowling, and more fun. Note that the Santa Breakfast requires a separate ticket.
Breakfast, ice skating, and Santa time included!
Puppets Please at the Parkland/Spanaway Library 1:30-2 Colorful Marionettes perform a holiday-themed, in-the-round show. All ages.
Las Posadas Piñata Party at the Lakewood Library 2:00pm – 3:30pm Make your own Piñata!
10-12 a.m. $13/10 and over, $9 ages 2-9, age 2 and under are free. Tickets can be purchased at JBLMmwrRegistration.com or by calling 253 982 5581
11:00 – 4:00 PM Puget Sound centered winter celebration complete with arts and crafts, tabling by community partners and artists, and wonderful estuary creatures.
Read to a Dog at the DuPont Library 1-2pm Share a book with a furry friend while improving your reading skills.
Annual Free Movie Toy Drive. Admission is a new and unwrapped toy.
Delicious. Sweet. Irresistible. Come explore the complex world of chocolate during a 2 pm presentation. Free samples. Leave with a mind full of science and mouthful of chocolate. Related crafts and activities all day.
Olympia Family Theater presents Tiny Tim’s Christmas Carol 2pm today and tomorrow
Explore Your World: Electricity at the Key Center Library Saturday, December 15: 11:00am – 12:00pm Lights! Sounds! Circuits! Electricity learning comes to life! Join us as we explore the wonder of electricity through reading and experimentation.
Pierce County Conversations – Polar Bears and Climate Change at the Gig Harbor Library 10:30-11:30 How does a changing environment affect the polar bear? Find out in this program for school-age kids presented by the Point Defiance Zoo. Participants will be able to try on a polar bear costume. Requires registration
Also check Ongoing Holiday Events at the top for more options!
BYOF (Bring-Your-Own-Flashlight or phone flashlight :)) to explore the bonsai by night. Food trucks, gifts for sale. Free but donations accepted
Christmas tea at the Meeker Mansion call to check availability
Breakfast with Santa at Uncle Buck’s Fish Bowl and Grill Call to check for reservations/availability
Be sure to also check, “Ongoing Holiday Events,” at the top, or head to our South Sound holiday fun guide for many more options.
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