December 2016


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However, the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce assumes no responsibility for omissions, errors or changes  in  the material. 
We encourage you to confirm any item of interest with the event promoter.


Nov 24-Jan 1   (253) 798-4177

22nd Annual Fantasy Lights at Spanaway Park

Spanaway Park, 14905 Gus G. Bresemann Rd. South, Spanaway

5:30pm-9pm.  The largest holiday drive-through display in the Northwest, featuring nearly 300 elaborate displays and thousands of sparkling lights. The beautiful two-mile drive along Spanaway Lake has become a memorable lakeside tradition for the entire family.  $14/vehicle.  $45/bus with 25 or more passenger capacity.


Nov 25-Dec 18   (253) 588-0042

Lakewood Playhouse "It's a Wonderful Life"

5729 Lakewood Towne Center Blvd SW, Lakewood

The saga of George Bailey, the Everyman from the small town of Bedford Falls, whose dreams of escape and adventure have been quashed by family obligation and civic duty, whose guardian angel has to descent on Christmas Eve to save him from despair and to remind him—by showing him what the world would have been like had he never been born—that his has been, after all, a wonderful life.  $25 general, $22 military,  $21 senior, $19 students.  


Nov 25-Jan 1   (253) 591-5337

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium "ZooLights"

Point Defiance Zoo, 5400 N Pearl, Tacoma

5-9pm. Closed December 24.  Bundle up and stroll the Zoo as it comes aglow with more than a half-million lights. Experience a magical world of dazzling 3-D animal light displays, including a 22-foot wide rock crab with moving pincers, a whimsical 30-foot-wide underwater landscape, a majestic polar bear family, a giant Pacific octopus, and a 17-foot tall tiger head.  $10 general admission, 2 & younger free.


Nov 30-Dec 4   (253) 770-0777

A Victorian Country Christmas Festival

Washington State Fair Events Center, 110 9th Ave SW, Puyallup

Wed-Thurs 10am-8pm, Fri-Sat 10am-9pm,  Sun 10am-5pm.Step back in time into a Victorian village where holiday music fills the air!  Shop in over 500 stores and find the perfect gift for everyone on your list.  Enjoy gourmet food, wine, and delicious taste treats throughout the festival!  Visit two beautiful theaters and see countless professional stage shows, The Singing Nativity and concerts!


Dec 1   (253) 582-9400

"Nutcracker Sweets" Dinner & Auction with the Lakewood Chamber

Great American Casino, 10117 South Tacoma Way, Lakewood

5-8:30pm.  Yule love the joyful festivities!   Get a head start on your Christmas shopping without the usual hustle and bustle and stress.  Whether your gift list is for the naughty or nice, we'll have the perfect present to be opened  under the tree.  Sleigh fulls of sweets to enjoy ~ and of course, a fa-la-la-la-la fabulous dinner.  Cost is $25  for members and guests  pre-paid or $30 at door & $35 for non-members prepaid.  $40 at the door.  Reservations required.


Dec 2   (253) 983-7758

City of Lakewood's 20th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main St SW, Lakewood

5:30-8pm.  In Lakewood, the annual Tree-Lighting Ceremony signals the start of the holiday season. Santa will arrive in a firetruck and children will have an opportunity to sit on Santa’s lap.  Sing Christmas carols with the Clover Park High marching band and Lakes High Studio Choir.  Play “Minute-To-Win-It” games, enjoy free crafts and entertainment. There will be a hot dog truck, free cookies and hot cider. If you love building legos, join the lego contest by registering at  All entries will be on display during the festivities.


Dec 2   (253) 581-1912

Steilacoom Christmas at Town Hall

Steilacoom Town Hall, 1717 LaFayette St, Steilacoom

Join us for a holiday tree lighting and a visit from Santa Claus.


Dec 2-3   (425) 687-8585

WIAA Gridiron Classic

Tacoma Dome, 2727 East D St, Tacoma

Call for additional information.


Dec 2-4   (253) 403-3095

Festival of Trees

Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center, 1500 Broadway, Tacoma

Fri 9am-1pm. Sat 10am-2pm.  Sun 9am-4pm. Come enjoy the live community entertainment, play games in the lobby, have your picture taken with Santa and find unique treasures in the Mary Bridge Brigade Gift Shop. Festival brings out the holidays spirit in us all with fun activities for the whole family.  $6 adults, $2 students (13-18), 12 and under free.


Dec 3   (253) 591-5339

19th Century Christmas at Fort Nisqually

Point Defiance Park, 5400 N Pearl St, Tacoma

11am-4pm. Take a break from the bustle of the modern holiday and partake in the rich pleasures of an old-fashioned Christmas celebration at Fort Nisqually Living History Museum. $5-$8, and children 4 and younger are free.


Dec 3   (253) 383-3900

Asia Pacific Cultural Center Monthly Tea Experience

4851 South Tacoma Way, Tacoma

10am.  Come and learn about different teas and customs of the vibrant cultures of Asia and the Pacific Islands.  $10/person.


Dec 3   (253) 383-3900

Asia Pacific Cultural Center Monthly Taste of Asia

4851 South Tacoma Way, Tacoma

12pm.  Join us for a fun and tasty culinary journey of Asia and the Pacific Islands.  Learn to cook traditional foods from the many featured countries. Led by chefs that will take you through the steps in perfecting your dish, which you can make for your family or  friends.


Dec 3   (253) 591-5330

W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory "Santa Visits the Conservatory"

316 S G St, Tacoma

10am-3pm. Memorialize the holidays in the beauty of the Conservatory with a professional photograph with Santa $15. Refreshments, crafts and fun provided.


Dec 6   (253) 582-9400

Lakewood Chamber Government Relations

Great American Casino, 10117 South Tacoma Way, Lakewood

7:30-9am.  Join us to meet with elected officials who are invited to attend this casual roundtable discussion ~ get up-to-date information about what is happening in our community and state so you can take away what impacts your bottom line.


Dec 6   (253) 565-1603

Tacoma Audubon Society Fort Steilacoom Park Bird Walk

Fort Steilacoom Park, 8714 87th Ave SW, Lakewood

8am.  A monthly guided walk.  Bring binoculars and a field guide (if you have one).  Birders of all ages and skill levels are welcome at this rain or shine activity! Free admission.  


Dec 7   (877) 24-BLOOD

Lakewood Community Blood Drive at Big Lots

5401 100th St SW, Lakewood

1:30-5pm.   Give Blood Save Lives!  For 70 years, Cascade Regional Blood Services has provided blood for patients at hospitals in Pierce and South King Counties.  Before you donate, be sure to eat well and drink plenty of non-caffeinated beverages. Bring photo ID.


Dec 10   (253) 279-9777

Caring For Kids "Holiday Fair"

Hudtloff Middle School, 8102 Phillips Rd SW, Lakewood

Call for additional information.


Dec 10   (253) 983-7758

City of Lakewood Jingle Bell Rock 5K Fun Run and One Mile Kids Run, Presented by CHI Franciscan Health St. Clare Hospital

Fort Steilacoom Park, 8714 87th Ave SW, Lakewood

10am. Parents and strollers welcomed during the One Mile Kids Run.  Dig out your favorite elf hats, Santa beards, striped stockings, and other holiday-themed costumes. Everyone is welcome, including dogs, so bring the whole family and get your jingle on at Fort Steilacoom Park.  T-shirt (while supplies last) with registration.  Prizes for best individual adult costume, kid costumes, and best dog costume.  Warm up around the fire pit and roast s’mores at the finish line.  Packet pick up is from Friday Dec. 2, 5pm-8pm during the Tree Lighting Ceremony at Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main Street SW 98499.  Or Saturday at 8:30am at Fort Steilacoom Park 8714 87th Ave SW, Lakewood, WA 98499.  If registering on the day of the event, cash or check only.Register today at


Dec 10   (253) 582-5838

Historic Fort Steilacoom "Christmas at Fort Steilacoom"

9601 Steilacoom Blvd SW, Lakewood

4-7:30pm.  Reenactors will present a period candlelight Christmas in the remaining officers' quarters.  The gift shop will also be open for Christmas shopping.  $5 adults, $3 children, $10 family.


Dec 10   (253) 301-1321

Santa Runs Tacoma Half Marathon, 10K, 5K and 1K

1102 A St, Tacoma

Donner & Blitzer 21k (half marathon), The Scrooge 10k, Frosty's 5k, Tiny Tim's 1k.


Dec 10   (253) 591-5330

W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory "Victorian Holiday Festival"

316 S G St, Tacoma

10am-3pm.  ake part in some Victorian Holiday cheer at the Conservatory. Listen to children's stories and create a holiday themed craft. Staff and volunteers will be dressed in beautiful Victorian costumes to answer your questions and serve refreshments.  $3 suggest donation.


Dec 10   (253) 564-1623

West Pierce Fire & Rescue First Aid & CPR Class

Station 20, 10928 Pacific Hwy SW, Lakewood

9am-5pm.  A basic First Aid & CPR course. The course is subject to cancellation if the class minimum of 4 people is not met. One person, adult, child and infant CPR with airway management, first aid for choking, control of bleeding, splinting, bandaging, first aid for burns, sprains, strains, poison control, and other first aid procedures are covered.  $40/person.  Pre-registration and pre-payment are required.


Dec 17   (253) 591-6439

Pier Peer Around Tacoma

Foss Waterway Seaport Piers Peers, Tacoma

7:30-9pm.  Bring your family and join us for an aquatic night-time adventure as you explore hundreds of mysterious life forms below the docks with experienced naturalists!  Ages 8 and up.  $8/person.  Reservations required.


Dec 21  (877) 24-BLOOD

Lakewood Community Blood Drive at Big Lots

5401 100th St SW, Lakewood

1:30-5pm.   Give Blood Save Lives!  For 70 years, Cascade Regional Blood Services has provided blood for patients at hospitals in Pierce and South King Counties.  Before you donate, be sure to eat well and drink plenty of non-caffeinated beverages. Bring photo ID.


Dec 24   (253) 305-1000

Jingle Bell Run

Wright Park, 316 S G St, Tacoma

10am & 12pm. This race will feature hundreds of jingling bells that will definitely put you in the holiday spirit!  This a 3-mile run/walk at Wright Park with race times of 10am and noon.  $20/person.


Dec 29-30   (360) 832-6117

Winter Wildland at Northwest Trek

11610 Trek Dr E, Eatonville

11am-3pm.  See animals throughout the park enjoy winter-themed enrichments like fruit, evergreen trees decorated with treats, ice piles, and snowmen.


Dec 31 

First Night Tacoma

Downtown Tacoma

$14/person.   In its 20-year history, First Night has developed a reputation as a safe, exciting, family-friendly alternative to traditional New Year's celebrations.