Holiday happenings and Santa sightings in Tacoma and the South Puget Sound

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 5:00 PM by Matt Wakefield

The holiday season can seem overwhelming, with events, performances, shows and activities every single day. Fortunately, we’ve scoured Tacoma, Pierce County and the South Puget Sound and made a fairly comprehensive list of holiday events, and sorted them by day for the entire month of December.
 
If you think your schedule is crammed, spare a thought for Old Saint Nick. Santa is a busy guy, but he makes plenty of time for his biggest (and smallest) fans in Pierce County. The events where Santa is likely to make an appearance are marked with an asterisk below. If you know of others, please let us know at matt@traveltacoma.com.
 
 
Friday, December 1
Washington State Fair Events Center, Puyallup
 
Greater Tacoma Convention Center, Tacoma
 
Paradise Theatre, Gig Harbor
 
Fife Performing Arts Center, Fife
 
Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, Tacoma
 
Lakewood Playhouse, Lakewood
 
Mount Rainier Railroad, Elbe
 
Washington State Fairgrounds, Puyallup
 
Spanaway
 
Gig Harbor
 
Sumner Performing Arts Center, Sumner
 
Watson’s Greenhouse, Puyallup
 
Saturday, December 2
Washington State Fair Events Center, Puyallup
 
Greater Tacoma Convention Center, Tacoma
 
Tacoma Musical Playhouse, Tacoma
 
Paradise Theatre, Gig Harbor
 
Fife Performing Arts Center, Fife
 
Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, Tacoma
 
Museum of Glass, Tacoma
 
Lakewood Playhouse, Lakewood
 
Mount Rainier Railroad, Elbe
 
Washington State Fairgrounds, Puyallup
 
Spanaway
 
Gig Harbor
 
Sumner Performing Arts Center, Sumner
 
Fort Nisqually, Tacoma
 
Wright Park, Tacoma
 
Job Carr Cabin Museum, Tacoma
 
Environmental Services Building at Chambers Bay, University Place
 
Sumner Performing Arts Center, Sumner
 
Main Street, Sumner
 
The Home Course, DuPont
 
Ross Plaza, DuPont
 
Eatonville
 
Boys and Girls Club, Gig Harbor
 
Skansie Brothers Park, Gig Harbor
 
Lakewood Towne Center, Lakewood
 
Sunday, December 3
Washington State Fair Events Center, Puyallup
 
Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, Tacoma
 
Pantages Theater, Tacoma
 
Museum of Glass, Tacoma
 
Lakewood Playhouse, Lakewood
 
Mount Rainier Railroad, Elbe
 
Washington State Fairgrounds, Puyallup
 
Spanaway
 
Gig Harbor
 
Sumner Performing Arts Center, Sumner
 
6th Avenue, Tacoma
 
Monday, December 4
Tacoma Musical Playhouse, Tacoma
 
Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, Tacoma
 
Washington State Fairgrounds, Puyallup
 
Spanaway
 
Gig Harbor
 
Tuesday, December 5
City Hall, Fife
 
Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, Tacoma
 
Spanaway
 
Gig Harbor
 
Wednesday, December 6
Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, Tacoma
 
Washington State Fairgrounds, Puyallup
 
Spanaway
 
Gig Harbor
 
Thursday, December 7
Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, Tacoma
 
Mount Rainier Railroad, Elbe
 
Washington State Fairgrounds, Puyallup
 
Spanaway
 
Gig Harbor
 
Friday, December 8
Harbor History Museum, Gig Harbor
 
Tacoma Musical Playhouse, Tacoma
 
Timberland Bank, Gig Harbor
 
Paradise Theatre, Gig Harbor
 
Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, Tacoma
 
Mount Rainier Railroad, Elbe
 
Washington State Fairgrounds, Puyallup
 
Spanaway
 
Gig Harbor
 
Sumner Performing Arts Center, Sumner
 
Lakewood Playhouse, Lakewood
 
Saturday, December 9
LeMay – America’s Car Museum, Tacoma
 
Pacific Avenue, Tacoma
 
Paradise Theatre, Gig Harbor
 
Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, Tacoma
 
Mount Rainier Railroad, Elbe
 
Washington State Fairgrounds, Puyallup
 
Spanaway
 
Gig Harbor
 
Sumner Performing Arts Center, Sumner
 
Timberland Bank, Gig Harbor
 
Fife Community Center, Fife
 
Lakewood Playhouse, Lakewood
 
Museum of Glass, Tacoma
 
Rialto Theater, Tacoma
 
 
Sunday, December 10
The Grand Cinema, Tacoma
 
Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, Tacoma
 
Mount Rainier Railroad, Elbe
 
Washington State Fairgrounds, Puyallup
 
Spanaway
 
Gig Harbor
 
Lakewood Playhouse, Lakewood
 
LeMay – America’s Car Museum, Tacoma
 
Sumner Performing Arts Center, Sumner
 
Museum of Glass, Tacoma
 
Monday, December 11
Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, Tacoma
 
Washington State Fairgrounds, Puyallup
 
Spanaway
 
Gig Harbor
 
Tuesday, December 12
Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, Tacoma
 
Spanaway
 
Gig Harbor
 
Wednesday, December 13
The Grand Cinema, Tacoma
Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, Tacoma
 
Mount Rainier Railroad, Elbe
 
Washington State Fairgrounds, Puyallup
 
Spanaway
 
Gig Harbor
 
Harmon Taproom and Harmon Restaurant, Tacoma
 
Thursday, December 14
Chabad of Pierce County, Gig Harbor
 
The Grand Cinema, Tacoma
Chapel Hill, Gig Harbor
 
Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, Tacoma
 
Mount Rainier Railroad, Elbe
 
Washington State Fairgrounds, Puyallup
 
Spanaway
 
Gig Harbor
 
Harmon Taproom and Harmon Restaurant, Tacoma
 
 
Friday, December 15
St. Charles Barromeo, Tacoma
 
Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, Tacoma
 
Mount Rainier Railroad, Elbe
 
Washington State Fairgrounds, Puyallup
 
Spanaway
 
Gig Harbor
 
Lakewood Playhouse, Lakewood
 
Watson’s Greenhouse, Puyallup
 
Harmon Taproom and Harmon Restaurant, Tacoma
 
Saturday, December 16
The Grand Cinema, Tacoma
 
Museum of Glass, Tacoma
 
LeMay – America’s Car Museum, Tacoma
 
Portland Avenue Community Center, Tacoma
 
Paradise Theatre, Gig Harbor
 
Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, Tacoma
 
Mount Rainier Railroad, Elbe
 
Washington State Fairgrounds, Puyallup
 
Spanaway
 
Gig Harbor
 
Sumner Performing Arts Center, Sumner
 
Lakewood Playhouse, Lakewood
 
Harmon Taproom and Harmon Restaurant, Tacoma
 
Sunday, December 17
Pacific Bonsai Museum, Federal Way
 
Paradise Theatre, Gig Harbor
 
Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, Tacoma
 
Mount Rainier Railroad, Elbe
 
Washington State Fairgrounds, Puyallup
 
Spanaway
 
Gig Harbor
 
Lakewood Playhouse, Lakewood
 
Harmon Taproom and Harmon Restaurant, Tacoma
 
Museum of Glass, Tacoma
 
LeMay – America’s Car Museum, Tacoma
 
Monday, December 18
The Grand Cinema, Tacoma
Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, Tacoma
 
Mount Rainier Railroad, Elbe
 
Washington State Fairgrounds, Puyallup
 
Spanaway
 
Gig Harbor
 
Harmon Taproom and Harmon Restaurant, Tacoma
 
Tuesday, December 19
Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, Tacoma
 
Mount Rainier Railroad, Elbe
 
Washington State Fairgrounds, Puyallup
 
Spanaway
 
Gig Harbor
 
Harmon Taproom and Harmon Restaurant, Tacoma
 
Wednesday, December 20
Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, Tacoma
 
Mount Rainier Railroad, Elbe
 
Washington State Fairgrounds, Puyallup
 
Spanaway
 
Gig Harbor
 
Harmon Taproom and Harmon Restaurant, Tacoma
 
Thursday, December 21
Tacoma Museum District, Tacoma
 
The Grand Cinema, Tacoma
Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, Tacoma
 
Mount Rainier Railroad, Elbe
 
Washington State Fairgrounds, Puyallup
 
Spanaway
 
Gig Harbor
 
Harmon Taproom and Harmon Restaurant, Tacoma
 
Friday, December 22
Washington State History Museum, Tacoma
 
Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, Tacoma
 
Mount Rainier Railroad, Elbe
 
Washington State Fairgrounds, Puyallup
 
Spanaway
 
Gig Harbor
 
Harmon Taproom and Harmon Restaurant, Tacoma
 
Paradise Theatre, Gig Harbor
 
Saturday, December 23
Museum of Glass, Tacoma
 
Washington State History Museum, Tacoma
 
Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, Tacoma
 
Mount Rainier Railroad, Elbe
 
Washington State Fairgrounds, Puyallup
 
Spanaway
 
Gig Harbor
 
Harmon Taproom and Harmon Restaurant, Tacoma
 
Paradise Theatre, Gig Harbor
 
Sunday, December 24
Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, Tacoma
 
Mount Rainier Railroad, Elbe
 
Spanaway
 
Gig Harbor
 
Harmon Taproom and Harmon Restaurant, Tacoma
 
Paradise Theatre, Gig Harbor
 
Monday, December 25 – Christmas
Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, Tacoma
 
Spanaway
 
Gig Harbor
 
Tuesday, December 26
Museum of Glass, Tacoma
 
Washington State History Museum, Tacoma
 
Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, Tacoma
 
Mount Rainier Railroad, Elbe
 
Spanaway
 
Gig Harbor
 
Wednesday, December 27
Museum of Glass, Tacoma
 
Museum of Glass, Tacoma
 
Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, Tacoma
 
Mount Rainier Railroad, Elbe
 
Spanaway
 
Gig Harbor
 
Thursday, December 28
Museum of Glass, Tacoma
 
Museum of Glass, Tacoma
 
Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, Tacoma
 
Mount Rainier Railroad, Elbe
 
Spanaway
 
Gig Harbor
 
Friday, December 29
Northwest Trek, Eatonville
 
Museum of Glass, Tacoma
 
Museum of Glass, Tacoma
 
Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, Tacoma
 
Mount Rainier Railroad, Elbe
 
Spanaway
 
Gig Harbor
 
Saturday, December 30
Northwest Trek, Eatonville
 
Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, Tacoma
 
Mount Rainier Railroad, Elbe
 
Spanaway
 
Gig Harbor
 
Sunday, December 31
Broadway, Tacoma
 
Museum of Glass, Tacoma
 
Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, Tacoma
 
Mount Rainier Railroad, Elbe
 
Spanaway
Author: Matt Wakefield

Matt is Travel Tacoma + Pierce County's communications manager. He's a Pacific Northwest native and outdoor enthusiast. He's also a minimalist, so we'll stop here.

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