Zoolights at Point Defiance Zoo + Aquarium

Itinerary Suggested Season: Winter

Morning: After a good night’s sleep at Courtyard by Marriott - Downtown Tacoma  make your way down to their lobby for a hearty breakfast before your morning of ice skating just outside the hotel at the Franciscan Polar Plaza.

Layer up and make your way over to Tollefson Plaza, only steps from the lobby of Courtyard by Marriott for a morning of ice skating at the Franciscan Polar Plaza. The Franciscan Polar Plaza is a downtown Tacoma gathering point for all to enjoy this fun winter sport and take in the spirit of the holidays.

Afternoon: Cross the street and warm up with a sandwich and homemade soup at TAM Café  located inside Tacoma Art Museum  After lunch, step into the Tacoma Art Museum and tour several Northwest-inspired galleries. One of the most popular galleries is the permanent exhibit of glass art by world-renowned glass artist and Tacoma-native, Dale Chihuly.

As you make your way back to the Courtyard by Marriott, make time to stop in at hello, cupcake for a delectable seasonal cupcake or one of their year-round classics! Want to do your own cupcake decorating? They can easily arrange it in their private room for groups of up to 12 participants.

Evening: The holidays come to life at Point Defiance Zoo + Aquarium’s annual Zoolights festival. Over a half-million lights illuminate the park including ice-skating puffins, playful tiger cubs, a massive flame tree and a giant Pacific octopus.

End the evening with a world-class meal at Pacific Grill  on the same block as the Courtyard by Marriott. Their chef was included in the list of “Top 10 Best New Chefs” by Food & Wine magazine, you’ll be sure to have a premier culinary adventure.

Classic Holiday Performances

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