11 Things To Do In Tacoma During The Holidays

This holiday season, Tacoma is taking a go big or go HO-HO-HOme approach. There’s so much to do in and around Tacoma during the holidays that there’s barely enough time to sit and write about it. By the time a single word is typed a whole event has come and gone. 


So let’s jump right to it! Here are some of the many holiday events perfect for just you or the whole family. 


Downtown Tacoma Holiday Haul Crawl

Dec 9-11th (11A-6P)


The 6th Annual Holiday Haul Craw is back in Downtown Tacoma! From the Snowglobe Photo Booth to Elf on the Shelf scavenger hunts you won’t want to miss out on this once-a-year family-friendly fun!


Holiday Blast with Santa at Norpoint and Eastside Community Center

Sat, December 11 (10A-2P)

Sat, December 18th (10A – 2P)


More fun for the entire family and.its.FREE! Enjoy ugly sweater contests, holiday music, activities for the youth and a hot cocoa bar!


Holiday Magic at Washington State Fair

Dec 10th-Dec 31st


It’s bigger and better than ever! Walk through this festive, magical and interactive experience for the whole family. 


Photos with Santa Paws at Northwest Spay & Neuter Center

Dec 11th – Dec 12th (9A-5P)


Dog moms and Cat dads of our fur friends – this is for you! Bring the whole family – pets included, of course – to the shelter or Northwest Spay & Neuter Center for professional photos with Santa Paws! How happy will your friends and family be to get THAT holiday card! Plus leave with a goodie bag and treats and toys!


Christmas Concerts at Life Christian Academy

Dec 14th at 6:45P


Celebrate the holiday season with LCA’s annual Christmas concerts!


Christmas Art Market at the Tacoma Art Market

Dec 18th – Dec 19th at 10:30A


A Christmas art market with all the bells, whistles, mistletoe and gluhwein you can handle! 


Chambers Elf Hunt at Chambers Creek Regional Park

Sat, Dec 18th at 11A


Oh boy do Santa’s Elves have some tricks up their sleeves! Come find and return these adventurous guys back to the North Pole. Enjoy hot chocolate and freshly popped popcorn on your exploration. 


Lighted Boat Parade at Tacoma Yacht Club

Sat, Dec 18th at 5:30 PM


Come and enjoy Tacoma Yacht Club’s annual Lighted Boat Parade! Festive and brightly decorated boats parade along the Ruston/Tacoma waterfront after dark.


Pictures with Santa at West of the Waterway

Sat, Dec 18th (10A-3P)

Sun, Dec 19th (11A-3P)


The perfect event for all you last-minute shoppers! Shop amazing vendors, get pictures with Santa and have lunch at the deli. 


Holidayz on the Hill Toy Drive and Photos with Santa at the Tacoma Arts Community Center

Donate toys up to December 12th at below locations

Photos with Santa and Toy Giveaway Sat, Dec 18th (2-5PM)


Donate new toys before December 12th to one of the following locations: Red Elm Café, Spun, Sam and Terrys, Johnsons Candy, People’s Barbershop, and 2nd Cycle. Then on December 18th toys will be handed out with a special guest, Kwabi, from The Peace Bus and live music by The Ben and Tony Show! 


Zoolights Holiday Light at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium 

Nov 26th – Jan 2nd


A holiday tradition you know and love featuring over 800,000 magical, colorful lights!


We hope you have a wonderful holiday season with your loved ones! See you in 2022.