Community Events


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However, the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce assumes no responsibility for omissions, errors or changes  in  the material. 
We encourage you to confirm any item of interest with the event promoter.


Nov 27-Jan 1  (253) 798-4177

20th Annual Fantasy Lights at Spanaway Park

Spanaway Park, 14905 Gus G. Bresemann Rd. South, Spanaway

5:30pm-9pm.  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 lakeside tradition for the entire family.  $14/vehicle.  $45/bus with  25 or more passenger capacity.


Nov 28-Jan 4    (253) 591-5337


Point Defiance Zoo, 5400 N Pearl, Tacoma

5-9pm. Closed December 24.   Feel the holiday spirit and be dazzled by a sea of shimmering lights, all-new animal light displays, tasty treats and more!


Dec 1-15   (253) 983-7887

Letters to Santa - Mailbox to the Northpole!

Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main St SW, Lakewood

8:30am-5pm.  The City of Lakewood is working with Santa! Letters can be dropped off in the mailbox to the Northpole at City Hall with a self addressed stamped envelope.


Dec 3, 10, 17   (877) 24-BLOOD. 

Bridgeport Center at St Clare Hospital Community Blood Drive

St Clare Hospital Parking Lot, 11315 Bridgeport Way SW, Lakewood

1:30-6:pm.  Cascade Regional Blood Services has proudly provided blood to MultiCare Health System and Franciscan Health System, including St. Clare Hospital, since 1946.  Give Blood Save Lives.


Dec 3-7   (253) 770-0777

A Victorian Country Christmas Festival

Washington State Fair Events Center, 110 9th Ave SW, Puyallup

Wed-Thurs 10am-8pm, Fri-Sat 10am-9pm,  Sun 10am-6pm. Step back in time and enjoy a Victorian village filled with 560 stores! Find jewelry, art, tools, ornaments, decorations, home décor, clothing, fragrances, toys and hundreds of other gift ideas for everyone on her list. Enjoy the lights and beautiful décor as you shop til’ you drop!  $11 adults, $9 seniors (62+) /students (6-18), $8 military,  5 & under free.


Dec 4   (253) 582-9400

Lakewood Chamber of Commerce Annual "Jingle Bell Rockin' Christman Dinner & Auciton!"

Great American Casino, 10117 South Tacoma Way, Lakewood

5-8:30pm.  Enjoy the yuletide festivities and get a head start on your Christmas shopping.  $25 members pre-paid, $30 at door.  $35 non-members.  Reservations required.


Dec 5   (253) 983-7887

City of Lakewood's "Annual Christmas Tree Lighting"

Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main St SW, Lakewood

6-8pm.   Visit with Santa, make a fun craft, and enjoy the Annual Lighting of the City of Lakewood Christmas Tree!  Free admission.


Dec 5   (253) 581-1912

Seilacoom Christmas at Town Hall

Steilacoom Town Hall, 1717 LaFayette St, Steilacoom

Join us for a holiday tree lighting and a visit from Santa Claus.


Dec 5-6   (425) 988-6155

WIAA Gridiron Classic

Tacoma Dome, 2727 East D St, Tacoma

Call for additional information.


Dec 6   (253) 912-5245

City of DuPont "Annual Tree Lighting"


Call for additional information.


Dec 6   (253) 583-6675

Annual Red Ribbon Bazaar at Steilacoom High School

Steilacoom High School, 54 Sentinel Dr, Steilacoom

9am-3pm.  The Red Ribbon Bazaar features arts and crafts and other items perfect for holiday giving and enjoyment. Activities for children and pictures with Santa for children of all ages. Bake sale by students.


Dec 6   (253) 591-5339

Fort Nisqually "19th Century Christmas"

Point Defiance Park, 5400 N Pearl St, Tacoma

11am-4pm. Take a break from the hustle and bustle of modern holidays and experience a real old-fashioned Christmas at Fort Nisqually Living History Museum. Join dozens of the Forts’ re-enactors in stories, music, dance, crafts, the yule log, and holiday refreshments.  $8 adults, children 4 and under free.


Dec 6   (253) 983-7887

Jingle Bell Rock Your Ugly Christmas Sweater 5K!

Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main St SW, Lakewood

9am - Race begins. Join the City for this fabulous 5K dressed in your Ugliest Christmas Sweater! Registration  is $25.00 per runner.


Dec 6   (253) 582-8682

Lakewood Historical Society Annual Holiday Open House

6211 Mt. Tacoma Dr SW, Lakewood

12-4pm.  Share part of your holiday season viewing vintage ornaments and  enjoying Christmas cookies.  Reception for Shirley Petersen, newest artwork on display.  Free admission.


Dec 6   (253) 591-6439

Pier Peer In Tacoma

Foss Waterway Seaport Piers Peers, Tacoma

7:30-9pm.  Bring your family and join us for an aquatic night-time adventure as you explore hundreds of mysterious life forms below the docks with experienced naturalists!  Ages 8 and up only.  $8/person.  Reservations required.


Dec 6   (253) 566-5656

University Place Winter Fest - Christmas Tree Lighting

Civic Building, 3609 Market Place W, University Place

3-6pm.  Experience the holiday magic with the annual celebration of the Christmas Tree Lighting in Market Square.  Free admission.


Dec 6   (253) 591-5330

W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory "Victorian Holiday Celebration"

316 S G St, Tacoma

10am-3pm.  Visit with Santa, listen to children’s stories and take part in some Victorian Holiday cheer.  Staff and volunteers will be dressed in beautiful Victorian Costumes to answer your questions and serve refreshments.  $3 general admission.


Dec 6-7   (253) 403-3095

Festival of Trees

Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center, 1500 Broadway, Tacoma

Sat 9am-2pm.  Sun 11am-4pm. Come play games in the lobby, take a craft home to share with someone special, have your picture taken with Santa and find unique treasures in the Mary Bridge Brigade Gift Shop.  Festival brings out the holidays spirit in us all with fun activities for the whole family.  $6 adults, $2 students (13-18), 12 and under free.


Dec 6-7

MFG Cyclocross: Waves for Water Cyclocross Collaboration
Saturday – LeMay Family Collection, 3 25 152nd St E, Tacoma, Spanaway
Sunday - Ft. Steilacoom Park, 9601 Steilacoom Blvd, Lakewood
9am-4pm.  Cyclo-cross is a form of bicycle racing that typically takes place in the autumn and winter (the international or "World Cup" season is October–February), and consist of many laps of a short (1.5–2  mile) course featuring pavement, wooded trails, grass, steep hills and obstacles requiring the rider to quickly dismount, carry the bike while navigating the obstruction and remount.


Dec 7, 14, 21, 28   (253) 752-7707

Seahawks Sundays at the Umpqua Bank Summit Club

Cheney Stadium, 3rd Floor, 2502 S Tyler St, Tacoma

1 hour prior to game time through end of the game.  Watch the Super Bowl champions defend their title all season long. Open to the public and live music too!  $20 buffet, $12 for kids (kids 8 & under are free). Guests pay upon arrival.  Runs through January or February depending on playoffs.


Dec 9   (253) 312-9301

Holiday HOOPLA

Emerald Queen Casino (new ballroom facility), 5700 Pacific Hwy E, Fife

4-8pm Come shop with local business owners in one place!  Vendors Galore. . . Over $5000 in raffles . . . Giveaways . . .  Holiday Shopping and so much more!!!  Free admission.


Dec 10   (253) 983-7887

Holiday Wreath Workshop

Lakewood Activity Center, 9112 Lakewood Dr SW, Lakewood

6-8pm.  Deck your halls with a homemade holiday wreath.  This class will provide all of the instructions and the trimmings for you to make a marvelous holiday wreath. Sweets and treats will be available for participants.  $26/person.


Dec 10    (253) 864-3363

Military Family College Information Night at Pierce College

Pierce College Fort Steilacoom HEC building, 9401 Farwest Dr SW, Lakewood

6-8pm. Pierce College District Outreach would like to cordially invite you, your students and families to Military Family College Information night at Pierce College! We have created an inspiring evening program including information on the College Bound Scholarship, general information concerning college degree programs, Veterans Benefits, Financial Aid and more.The welcome session begins at 6pm.  Following the welcome, there will be presentations given on Financial Aid, Veteran’s Benefits and Running Start. There will also be several other organizations tabling at the event from 6-8pm.


Dec 11-21   (253) 588-0042

Lakewood Playhouse "A Year with Frog & Toad - The Musical"

5729 Lakewood Towne Center Blvd SW, Lakewood

Fir-Sat 8pm, Sun 2pm.  Arnold Lobel’s well-loved characters hop from the page to the stage in Robert and Willie Reale’s Tony-nominated musical "A Year with Frog and Toad."” This whimsical show follows two great friends--the cheerful, popular Frog and the rather grumpy Toad--through four, fun-filled seasons. $29 general, $26 senior/military, $23 under 25 years.


Dec 13   (253) 582-5838

Historic Fort Steilacoom "Christmas at Fort Steilacoom"

9601 Steilacoom Blvd SW, Lakewood

4-7:30pm. See reenactors celebrate Christmas by candle light with craft activities for children.  $5 adults, $3 children, $10 family.


Dec 13   (253) 301-1321

Santa Runs Tacoma

1102 A St, Tacoma

Featuring Frosty's 5K Run & Walk, The Grinch Half Marathom and Tiny Tim's 1K Kid's Run.


Dec 20   (253) 502-8900

The Click! Family Flick "Prancer"

The Grand Cinema, 606 S Fawcett Ave, Tacoma

10am, doors open at 9:30am.   Free family movies every 3rd Saturday at the Grand Cinema. Seating is limited so come early. Hosted by Click! Cable TV, you local choice for cable, Internet and broadband services.  Free admission.


Dec 20   (253) 591-5337

Point Defiance Zoo Polar Bear Birthday Party

5400 N Pearl, Tacoma

11:30am-12:30pm.  Come down to the Arctic Tundra and wish a happy birthday to our polar bears as they enjoy chilly treats.


Dec 24   (253) 305-1000

Jingle Bell Run

Wright Park, 316 S G St, Tacoma

Pick your race time - 10:30am & 12pm. Take a break from holiday festivities! Sign up for the start time that's most convenient for you then bring your family and friends to Wright Park to enjoy a refreshing 3-mile run or walk.


Dec 26-28   (360) 832-6117

Winter Wildland at Northwest Trek

11610 Trek Dr E, Eatonville

See animals throughout the park enjoy winter-themed enrichments like fruit, evergreen trees decorated with treats, wrapped gifts, ice piles, and snowmen. These special gifts are part of Northwest Trek’s animal husbandry program to help enrich the lives of the animals, encourage natural animal behavior and keep the animals mentally stimulated.


Dec 31    

First Night Tacoma-Pierce County

Downtown Tacoma

First Night is Tacoma's New Year's Eve celebration. It is an opportunity for friends and families to say farewell to the old year and hello to the new. First Night is a family-friendly, alcohol-free, and most of all, a fabulously fun celebration.