5 things to do this weekend: 12/30 - 1/1

Thursday, December 29, 2016 12:00 PM by Calista Klein

Happy New Year, Pierce County - lets celebrate the ending of the year and ring 2017! From family friendly parties, craft beer celebrations, and plunges into the South Puget Sound, find something fun to do this weekend.
 
 
First Night Tacoma
 
Saturday, December 31st
Downtown Tacoma
4:00pm
$10 advance purchase, $14 day of, outdoor activities free for everyone
 
Tacoma’s historic Theater District hosts the biggest, family-friendly, arts-centered celebration in the area, making it the place to be on New Year’s Eve. Your First Night button also gets you into the TAM, Museum of Glass, and ice skating at the Polar Plaza.
 
 
Winter Wildland NW Trek
 
Friday, December 30th
Northwest Trek Wildlife Park, Eatonville
9:30am – 3:00pm
$21.95 Adults, $19.95 Seniors, $13.95 Youth, $10.95 Tots, Free kids 2 and under
 
Always a great family outing, Northwest Trek animals get special enrichments this Friday, which means you get to see Pacific Northwest Animals playing with snowmen and chowing down on winter-themed treats!
 
 
Polar Bear Plunge
 
Sunday, January 1st
Point Defiance Marina, Tacoma
11:30am
Free
 
Feeling daring? Kick off the new year with a local tradition – plunging into the invigoratingly chilly Puget Sound. This free event takes place rain or shine. Life jackets will be available, and lifeguards will be on watch.
 
 
Beer Town
 
Saturday, December 31st
Harmon Tap Room, Tacoma
2:00pm – 8:00pm
$15
 
Celebrate craft beer and the new year! Entrance into Brew Year’s Eve gets you a logo tulip glass, five 4 oz. taster pours, and live music. With all 31 specialty Harmon Reserve Series beer available on tap, you’ll get the opportunity to taste some truly special Harmon brews.
Noon Year's Eve 2016
 
Saturday, December 31st
Markee Café & Wine Bar, Gig Harbor
11:00am – 1:30pm
$25
 
A family friendly daytime celebration! Enjoy activities together, snack on some food, get in on the dance party, and snap some pics at the photobooth.

 
Author: Calista Klein

As the Visitor Experience Coordinator for Travel Tacoma + Pierce County, Calista loves being on the front lines of visitor service. When not at the office, she's outdoors hiking, running, camping, or climbing, tasting dishes at new Pierce County restaurants, sampling local craft beer, or curling up with a cup of tea and a good Netflix show.

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