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Holiday Season in Pierce & Kitsap County – What to do!

Holiday Season in Pierce & Kitsap County – What to do!

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Magical! Festive! Joyous!

However you want to describe it.

The holiday season is my absolute favorite time of the year, it all starts with Thanksgiving and ends with New Years day. We have so many fun traditions we already do and I love adding things to our already busy schedule!

What’s your favorite thing about the holiday season?

 

Each year I update a summer and fall calendar list of everything’s that’s happening in the area. So, I thought why not make a holiday list as well, of course it probably won’t be as packed but it’ll give you some ideas of what to do. If you want to book mark those lists for future reference; South Sound Pumpkin Patches and Fall Fun, Pierce County Family-Friendly Summer Fun and Kitsap County Family-Friendly Summer Fun.

Here’s a list of all the things happening in Pierce & Kitsap Counties this holiday season! There’s quite a few free things happenings as well, as we all know how expensive the holiday season can be.

 

  • Family Bingo Night
    Puyallup
    November 4, 2022
    Play bingo with your family at Meridian Habitat Park, $5 per person(3 and under are free). Pre-registration is required by October 28.
  • Crafter’s Holiday Markets
    Lakewood Community Center – November 5, 2022
    Frontier Park Lodge Graham – December 3, 2022
    Meridian Habitat ParkDecember 10, 2022
    FREE Admission & Parking
    Kick off your holiday shopping experience at one of our Holiday Markets at two great locations! Find the ideal holiday gift for family and friends among the amazing array of artisanal offerings and neighborhood crafters. While shopping, enjoy holiday music, food trucks, complimentary holiday photos, live entertainment, and more!
  • Fantasy Lights Walk
    Spanaway
    November 19-20, 2022
    Walkers can once again experience the magic of Fantasy Lights by strolling through Spanaway Park on either Saturday, November 19, or Sunday, November 20. Two walking sessions from 4:30-6:30 p.m. and 7:00-9:00 p.m. will be scheduled each night to enjoy the sights and sounds of the holidays, food trucks, and more!
  • Point Defiance Zoolights
    Tacoma
    November 25, 2022 – January 2, 2023
    Magical lights and a classic holiday tradition. Zoolights is one of my families favorite traditions, 800,000 beautiful lights. We love to bundle up, walk and look at all the light displays they’ve come up with. The past couple years they’ve added a cool light tunnel and butterfly wings to take selfies with. 
  • Fantasy Lights
    Spanaway
    November 25, 2022-January 1, 2023
    Fantasy Lights at Spanaway Park is the largest holiday drive-through display in the Northwest, featuring nearly 300 elaborate displays and thousands of sparkling lights. The beautiful two-mile drive along Spanaway Lake has become a memorable tradition for the entire family.
  • Winter Solstice Lights
    Lakewood – Lakewold Gardens
    November 25, 2022- January 2, 2023
    More details coming soon.
  • Poulsbo Tree Lighting
    Liberty Bay Waterfront Park in Poulsbo
    November 25, 2022
    FREE
    Get festive at the Annual Poulsbo Tree Lighting Ceremony at Viking Avenue. Experience the holidays in a grand way with your family and friends.
  • Breakfast with Santa
    Eagles Club Port Orchard
    November 26, 2022
    Have your picture taken with Santa, eat a robust breakfast and do some specialty holiday shopping from local businesses and vendors! Hosted by Fathoms O Fun at the Port Orchard Eagles.
  • Silverdale Christmas Tree Lighting
    9490 Silverdale Way NW, Silverdale
    November 26, 2022
    FREE
    More details coming soon.
  • Winter in the Woods
    Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island
    December 1, 2022-January 3, 2023
    As the weather turns chilly, join us to take a walk and experience the restorative joy of being outside during our holiday event. See if you can spot all our delightful, handcrafted woodland creatures along your walk, many of which were made by teens at BARN. Enjoy an all-ages scavenger hunt designed to create wonder at every turn and don’t forget to stop and snap a photo of yourselves with our friendly snow people at the Residence.
  • Holiday Creation Station
    W.W. Seymour Conservatory in Tacoma
    Every Saturday in December – 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th and 31st
    FREE
    Drop in with the kids to create a whimsical holiday craft.
  • ICE Lights
    Spanaway
    December 1, 2022 – December 31, 2022
    ICE lights is a new lighted ice experience being offered during the holiday season at Sprinker Recreation Center. This year the ice rink will be transformed into a winter wonderland with over 35,000 lights and animated displays.
  • Reindeer Scavenger Hunt
    Chambers Creek Regional Park in University Place
    December 1-16, 2022
    FREE
    Santa’s reindeer have wandered off to Chambers Creek Regional Park. Help us find all nine of Santa’s Reindeer friends before they leave and go back to the North Pole on December 16.
    Explore Chambers Creek Regional Park’s Grandview Trail and North Meadow in search of Santa’s nine reindeer friends and complete the clue list for a fun prize. Each of the reindeer signs will have a short bio that will give clues to answer Santa’s Clue list (available December 1).
    Download and print Santa’s Clue List or pick one up at the Environmental Services Building. After completing the clue list, turn it in at the Environmental Services Building by December 16 to redeem a prize.
  • Holiday Magic at the Washington State Fair
    Puyallup
    Dec. 1-4, 8-11, 15-18 & 20-23
    Take a wonder-filled stroll through magical lights, festive displays and holiday joy. This year’s event will feature more light displays, interactive exhibits, an ice skating rink and more!
  • University Place Tree Lighting
    Market Square in University Place
    December 2, 2022
    FREE
    With holiday music, dancing elves, winter princesses and holiday treats, University Place celebrated the lighting of its Christmas Tree in Village Square. 2021 was virtual but hopefully they’ll be holding it in person.
  • Festival of Chimes and Lights
    Downtown Port Orchard
    December 3, 2022
    FREE
    Annual festival to kick-off the holiday season in Port Orchard.
  • Santa Paws
    University Place
    December 3, 2022
    FREE Admission & Parking
    Santa Paws is Coming to Town! Dress your furry friend in their best holiday outfit and head down to Environmental Service Building Ceremony Lawn at Chambers Creek Regional Park to get their picture taken with Santa Claus. Treats and refreshments will be available for both dogs and their owners. Plus, we will have additional holiday themed activities to enjoy.
  • Selfies with Santa & Holiday Creation Station
    W.W. Seymour Conservatory in Tacoma
    December 3, 2022
    FREE
    Bring your camera or phone and snap a fun and candid selfie with Santa. Drop in with the kids to create a whimsical holiday craft.

  • Puyallup Holiday Market & Santa Parade
    Downtown Puyallup
    December 3, 2022
    FREE
    Come to downtown Puyallup to kick off your holidays! Starting at 12:00pm our Holiday Market opens up inside the Pavilion and runs until 7:00pm. Many of our favorite Farmers’ Market vendors will be on hand with plenty of gift giving ideas. Then at 5:00pm our lighted Santa Parade will wind its way down Meridian. There will be bands, floats, walking units and more. Fun for everyone in your family!
  • Julefest and Holiday Bazaar
    Poulsbo
    December 3, 2022
    FREE Admission
    Julefest is celebrated the first Saturday in December at the Sons of Norway. This fun community event includes a Christmas Bazzar, Christmas music around the Christmas tree down on the waterfront, the Lucia Bride arriving by boat with Vikings, and Father Christmas and the Lucia Bride lighting the bonfire.
  • Breakfast with Santa
    Fife
    December 3, 2022
    Breakfast, hot cocoa, crafts, story time and photos. Registration for Santa Breakfast is now open!
    We have two time slot options, 9 or 11 a.m. Registration will close on November 28. $12, and kids 2 and under are free.
  • Christmas Regale
    Fort Nisqually Tacoma
    December 3, 2022
    Take a break from the hustle and bustle of modern holidays and experience a real old-fashioned Christmas at Fort Nisqually Living History Museum. A highlight of the event is the arrival of the yule log, towed in by young visitors. Everyone can join in greeting the yule log with toasts and Christmas Carols. Guests will have a chance to take home a piece of the log for their own holiday fire. Throughout the day, guests of all ages can join in parlor games, make ornaments, and create pomanders. Father Christmas will be available for visits and photos.
  • Bonney Lake Tree Lighting
    December 3, 2022
    FREE
    More details coming soon.
  • Gig Harbor Tree Lighting
    Skansie Brothers Park
    December 3, 2022
    FREE
    Official kick off of the holiday season — visit with Santa, meet Tacoma Rainiers’ mascot, Rhubarb, hear some lively holiday tunes, and explore a fire truck!
  • Cookies with Santa
    Lenny’s Classic Barbershop in Port Orchard
    December 4, 2022 
    FREE
    Come and enjoy a homemade cookie, some hot chocolate and tell Santa what you want for Christmas! Pictures by JessDphotography. 11am-3pm 
  • Letters to Santa
    Key Peninsula Fire Station(Key Center)
    December 4, 2022
    FREE
    Letters to Santa is hosted by Key Pen Parks and the Key Peninsula Fire Department (Key Center). It is held at the Key Center Fire Station, 8911 Key Peninsula Highway NW, Lakebay, WA 98349. Write a letter or if you already have a letter ready, you can leave your letter to Santa with us! We’ll make sure it gets to him! They have an activity planned and Santa may make an appearance.
  • Music for the Winter Weary
    W.W. Seymour Conservatory in Tacoma
    December 4, 2022
    FREE
    Relax in the lush environment of the conservatory and listen to local musician, Tim Bertsch, as he plays his harpguitar/guitar. Time and talent generously donated by Tim Bertsch in support of the conservatory.
  • Fircrest Tree Lighting
    Alice Peers Park in Fircrest
    December 4, 2022
    FREE
    Santa photos, tree lighting, holiday music, refreshments and more!
  • Fife Tree Lighting
    December 6, 2022
    FREE
    Fife’s City Hall Annual Tree Lighting!
  • Holiday Parade of Lights
    Lakewood
    December 10, 2022
    FREE
    Celebrate the holiday season with a Holiday Parade of Lights at the Lakewood Towne Center. Visitors get to view holiday floats constructed by local businesses, clubs, and organizations. This event is completely free.
  • Holiday Blast at Norpoint
    Community Center at Norpoint
    December 10, 2022
    FREE
    Enjoy pictures with Santa, holiday crafts and lots of free family fun!
  • Holiday Blast at Eastside
    Eastside Community Center in Tacoma
    December 10, 2022
    FREE
    Enjoy pictures with Santa, holiday crafts and lots of free family fun!
  • Poulsbo Lighted Boat Parade
    Liberty Bay in Poulsbo
    December 10, 2022
    FREE
    Presented by the Poulsbo Yacht Club and the Historic Downtown Poulsbo Association, the boats cruise Liberty Bay, showing off their finest Christmas sparkle for a great family event. Hot Cider and cookies are served in the pavilion. Toss your pinecone into the Ceremonial fire, make a resolution, pledge, or wish, and believe in the season.
  • Gig Harbor Lighted Boat Parade
    Gig Harbor Waterfront – 3211 Harborview Street
    December 10, 2022
    FREE
    The Gig Harbor Lighted Boat Parade, sponsored by the Gig Harbor Yacht Club, will make the harbor sparkle beginning at 5:00 PM. A long line of brightly decorated boats, including fishing vessels, pleasure boats and kayaks, will parade twice around Gig Harbor.
  • Country Christmas
    Port Gamble
    December 10-11, 2022
    Visitors will enjoy a variety of festival holiday activities, including horse-drawn hayrides through a town sparkling with over 100,000 holiday lights, craft-making for the kids at Santa’s workshop, followed by Western Washington’s only holiday fireworks display.
  • Lighted Car Parade
    Uptown Gig Harbor
    December 17, 2022
    FREE
    Join this 3rd Annual event to benefit FISH Food Bank and Food Backpacks 4 Kids. Decorate your car and join the parade or watch along the route. To be in the parade, decorate your car and join us at 4 pm at the Multicare Parking lot; this is where you can view the decorated cars at after the parade. Santa, Frosty the Snowman and carolers will be there for all to enjoy.
  • Cocoa & Carols
    W.W. Seymour Conservatory in Tacoma
    December 17, 2022
    Bundle up and warm up your voice, we’re singing some favorite holiday songs led by classical singer, Teresa Lin. This event will be held mainly outside, with chances to warm up and explore the winter flower exhibit in the conservatory.
  • Menorah Lighting
    Uptown Gig Harbor
    December 18, 2022
    FREE
    Menorah Lighting on December 18th from 5-6:30 pm at the Pavilion.
  • Winter Wildland
    Northwest Trek, Eatonville
    December 26, 2022 – January 1, 2023
    Breathe in the crisp mountain air and watch in delight as our animals play with holiday-themed treats and enrichments. Stroll paths laced with winter magic and decorations.
  • Nite at the Roxy New Years Eve
    The Roxy in Bremerton
    December 31, 2022
    Please join us in ringing in the new year at the Historic Roxy Theatre in Quincy Square. Tickets now on sale.
  • Tacoma Light Trail
    Downtown Tacoma
    December 31, 2022-January 14, 2023
    FREE
    A festival of light art & sound, on view nightly in downtown Tacoma. A Light Parade, Lighted Bike Ride and more. The goal: To uplift and unify our community in dark times.

DATES TBA

  • Downtown Tacoma Tree Lighting
    Broadway Way at Pantages Theatre
    December – TBA
    Since World War II, the South Sound community has gathered to celebrate at the corner of 9th & Broadway in downtown Tacoma. Gather for carols and photos with Santa. Make it part of your holiday tradition!

 

 

 

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