Tacoma and Pierce County in the winter

Plan your perfect winter vacation 

There's no shortage of things to do, places to visit, performances to catch and experiences to have in Pierce County in the winter and around the holiday season. Experience the holiday spirit and festivities with your family. Soar over snow-capped evergreens on the Mount Rainier Gondola or hop on the Polar Express train at Mount Rainier Railroad, tour the harbor on the Holiday Lights Cruise, or take in a Hip Hop Nutcracker Christmas performance at Tacoma Arts Live's Pantages Theater.

Whether you're looking for an adventure with the friends, or some family time together, we've got you covered. 

Winter and holiday events and activities

The Polar Express Train Ride

The magic of THE POLAR EXPRESS™ comes to life in Elbe, Washington. This story of a child’s… // More


Zoolights runs Nov. 23 to Jan. 6 See the Zoo transformed into a colorful winter wonderland… // More

Fantasy Lights

Pierce County Parks and Recreation is pleased to present the 24th annual 'Fantasy Lights at… // More

Winter and holiday itineraries

Snowshoe Mt. Rainier

Itinerary Suggested Season: Winter - Morning: Wake up in your rustic cabin for the weekend… // More

A Victorian Country Christmas

Itinerary Suggested Season: Winter - Morning: Wake up refreshed at the Hampton Inn & Suites-… // More

Glass City

Itinerary: Year-Round - Day 1: Wake up inspired at Tacoma's glass-art inspired hotel, Hotel… // More

Rhubarb Pie Capital

Itinerary Suggested Season: Summer - Morning: Wake up to a complimentary hot breakfast at… // More

Find your winter wonderland hotel or cabin

Cabins + Cottages

Warm smiles will welcome and invite you in for a restful night when you stay at a local bed… // More

Lodging and Hotels

A variety of lodging options to fit your lifestyle. Relax, and wake up rested. // More

Visitor Guide

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