Winter Events in Tacoma and Pierce County

This year, the winter brings Tacoma and Pierce County to life with experiences on foot, in the car, and on boats. From photo-worthy moments and sea-level excursions to adventures at the base of Mount Rainier, there's an exciting experience waiting for you and your family.

Go forth and delight in seasonal food and drink, pillowy mountain snowbanks, and joyful family outings. However you plan to enjoy the season, you'll find Pierce County is bursting with holiday cheer.

For even more holiday happenings in Pierce County, visit our events page. Many events have multiple dates.

 

Winter Events and Activities

Downtown Tacoma
December 31, 2021 - January 16, 2022; see schedule for events
Spectacular light displays throughout Downtown Tacoma. Six evenings of outdoor performances. A New Year's Eve Parade. Countless community art and interactive projects. Don't miss your chance to be a part of this extraordinary holiday event and find out how you can be a part of it: 10 Ways to "Be the Light" at the 2021 Tacoma Light Trail 
 
Downtown Sumner
All Winter
A general ambiance of small-town Americana settles over downtown Sumner, and is built into a Main Street lined with boutiques, bakeries, bookstores, and antique shops, with Holiday music piped in throughout the downtown area. Downtown storefronts are elaborately decorated, a red-and-green bridge-lighting show each day at dusk lights up the Cannery Way Bridge, and be on the lookout for a moving elf that earns $25 in Downtown Dollars to the first to spot it.
 
Longmire and Paradise, Mount Rainier National Park
All Winter
This year, the Ranger-led snowshoe tours at Paradise are on a COVID-required hiatus, but in the meantime, you can rent snowshoes the National Park Inn General Store at Longmire ($14.50 for adults, $10.50 for children for a full day). Then, revel in a day of hiking around Longmire (the Trail of the Shadows is a great short hike), or road-conditions permitting, take them up to Paradise for wide-open snowfields and views that will stop you in your tracks. Whenever you’re heading to the mountain, plan ahead.
 
Ashford, Elbe, Eatonville
All Winter
When you’re looking for some true social distance while staying close to the ones you love, think about booking a night or a weekend away at a cabin or lodge at Mount Rainier. Fireplaces, firepits, hot tubs and heated pools surrounded by pine trees and firs are just a few of the ways your family can enjoy some time together, away from the electric lure of screens. Although many of the cabins do include wifi, so take it as you will.
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