Local Holiday Events in Tacoma

There are so many fun things to do in Tacoma this holiday season; it’s a good thing you don’t have to pick just one! Here are our top picks for local winter activities:

Friday, November 10, 2017 – Monday, January 1, 2018
Indigo Frozen Fountain Ice Skating Rink, opens a new window
The Grand Plaza at Point Ruston
The Grand Plaza at Point Ruston will be transformed into a frozen winter wonderland this holiday season! 

Friday, November 24, 2017 – Monday, January 1, 2018
Zoolights, opens a new window
Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium
See the Zoo transformed into a colorful winter wonderland with more than a half-million lights. The holiday spirit comes aglow in this magical world of dazzling 3-D animal light displays.

Thursday, November 30, 2017
Charlie Brown Christmas LIVE, opens a new window
Pantages Theater
The classic animated television special comes to life in this national tour stage adaptation featuring all of your favorite characters and classic Vince Guaraldi score.

Friday, December 1, 2017 – Saturday, December 2, 2017
Mary Bridge Children’s Festival of Trees, opens a new window
Greater Tacoma Convention Center
Festivals brings out the holiday spirit in us all with fun activities for the whole family. Enjoy live community entertainment, games, pictures with Santa and shop for unique treasures in the Mary Bridge Brigade Gift Shop

Sunday, December 3, 2017
Santa Visits Old Town, opens a new window
Job Carr Cabin Museum
Step back in time for charming holiday fun at the Job Carr Cabin Museum in Tacoma's old town. The cabin is a replica of one built by early Tacoma settler, Job Carr. Each year the museum holds a free holiday event with carolers, treats, a chance to meet Santa's reindeer and photos with Santa.

Sounds of the Season, opens a new window
Pantages Theater
An annual collage of seasonal delights for the whole family – featuring classics from cherished TV and Christmas movies, beloved ballads sung by guest vocalists, moving choral masterpieces, and the ever-popular carol sing-along!

Saturday, December 9, 2017
Seattle Men’s Chorus: A Sassy Brassy Holiday, opens a new window
Rialto Theater
Your favorite carols and beloved classics infused with the warmth of brass and a pinch of sass!

Saturday, December 9, 2017
Dickens Festival, opens a new window
Stadium District
For old-fashioned fun of a different era, Tacoma's Dickens Festival takes place in the Stadium District featuring a big top tent, musicians, magicians, free carriage rides, vendors and the ever-popular Victorian costume contest.  

Saturday, December 16, 2017
Breakfast with Santa and The Grinch, opens a new window
Portland Ave Community Center
Come to Who-Ville to feast on Who-pudding, Roast Beast sausage, Who-hash, green Grinch-cakes and green eggs with Jolly St. Nick and the grumpy Grinch!

Cocoa and Caroling, opens a new window
W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory
Bring the family and enjoy a hot cocoa bar and caroling at the Conservatory.

Sunday, December 17, 2017
Muppet Christmas Carol, opens a new window
Pantages Theater
The family holiday classic starring Michael Caine puts a madcap Muppets spin on Dickens’ timeless tale.

Free Holiday Family Movie (Home Alone), opens a new window
The Grand Cinema
An eight-year-old trouble-maker must protect his home from a pair of burglars when he is accidentally left home alone by his family during Christmas vacation. The third Saturday of each month, The Grand Cinema welcomes guests of all ages to a family-friendly movie for free!

Sunday, December 24, 2014
Jingle Bell Run, opens a new window
Wright Park
This race will feature hundreds of jingling bells that will definitely put you in the holiday spirit!

Sunday, December 31, 2017
First Night, opens a new window
Downtown Theater District
First Night is the Premier New Years Eve festival in Tacoma. Family- friendly, featuring over 10 stages of music, arts, fire, and fun!

Monday, January 1, 2018
Polar Bear Plunge, opens a new window
Point Defiance Park
Kick off the new year with a cool tradition—a refreshing plunge into invigorating Puget Sound!