6 Tacoma Holiday Events You Won't Want to Miss

Mark Your Calendar – 6 Must-Do Tacoma Holiday Events

The holiday season often means spending time with loved ones. From driving around looking at neighborhood lights to building gingerbread houses, every family has their own traditions. Here are six Tacoma holiday events you and your family may enjoy visiting this holiday season.

6 Tacoma Holiday Events You Won’t Want to Miss


This is one of the most well-known Tacoma holiday events that people return to again and again. See the Point Defiance Zoo transformed into a colorful winter wonderland. Zoolights includes more than a half a million lights to produce magical 3-D animal light displays. This year the light displays include sharks and sea turtles, carnivorous plants, underwater displays, polar bears, and a giant octopus. Zoolights also provides refreshments, as well as a carousel and camel rides. You can also spend time in the gift shop and pick up a souvenir to remember your time at Zoolights.

Dates: Nov. 24-Jan.1 from 5pm-9pm.


Pacific Northwest Ballet is the premier ballet company in the Pacific Northwest. George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker is one of the most iconic ballets with a memorable story and unmistakable music. A little girl falls asleep and dreams of a land of sweet, a mouse king and his army, and a Nutcracker that turns into a boy Prince. Once you see the Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Nutcracker, it will surely turn into a yearly holiday tradition.

Dates: Nov. 24-Dec. 28

Indigo Frozen Fountain Ice Skating Rink

Gather your family and head down to Point Ruston in Tacoma for a night full of ice skating, sight-seeing, and shopping. The Indigo Frozen Fountain Ice Skating Rink is a holiday themed ice skating rink that’s open to the public daily. There are also concession opportunities and a DJ as well as live music. The ice rink offers tools for kids if they aren’t quite comfortable to skate on their own. Remember to bring warm socks, hats, mittens and scarves as the rink gets cold!

Dates: Nov. 10-Jan. 1

Free Holiday Family Movie

The Grand Cinema in Tacoma puts on free movie showings to the public on the third Thursday of every month. On Dec. 16th, Home Alone is the movie that will be shown. This movie is about an 8 year old trouble making boy who must protect his home from a pair of burglars when he is accidentally left home alone while his family goes on Christmas vacation.

Date: Dec. 16th at 10am

Jingle Bell Run

For those of you who like to bond with your family members by being physically active, the Jingle Bell Run is for you! This race features hundreds of jingling bells that will definitely put you in the holiday spirit. The race is a 5K that takes place in Wright Park in Tacoma. There is also a costume contest with prizes for best ugly sweater, best overall costume, best group costume, best dog costume. So gather your family and holiday clothes and head to the Jingle Bell Run on New Years Eve.

Date: 12/31 10am and noon

First Night

First Night is a festival that celebrates the new year in Downtown Tacoma. This family friendly event features over 10 stages of music, arts, fire and fun. First Night brings in over 20 local bands and performing groups to perform for the festival goers. This Year First Night will be celebrating 25 years of First Night fun in Tacoma. If you are looking for volunteer opportunities, First Night welcomes volunteers to manage registration, mange the stages, stage take down, and much more.

Date: Dec. 31, 6pm

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