When you need a break from football and shopping this Thanksgiving weekend and beyond, you have lots of choices for fun activities and quality family time in Tacoma + Pierce County.
Here are some suggestions for local holiday fun when the dinner leftovers are put away. Grab gloves and a coat—some of these activities are perfect for #OptOutside on Black Friday.
- Put a twinkle in your eye at the holiday light displays. You can drive the 2.5-mile Fantasy Lights at Spanaway Park, Nov. 24 to Jan. 1 from 5:30-9 p.m. Or, walk through the animal-themed displays at Zoolights inside Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium. Zoolights is open Nov. 25 to Jan. 1 from 5-9 p.m.
- Glide through the afternoon at the CHI Franciscan Polar Plaza outdoor ice skating rink in downtown Tacoma. Rent skates on-site and don’t let bad weather stop you—the rink is covered and partially surrounded by a tent. Open through Jan. 1.
- Enjoy Sumner’s small-town heritage with self-guided tours through its historical landmarks and artwork. The historic Meeker Mansion in Puyallup is decked out for the holidays and offers self-guided and guided tours (groups of eight or more).
- Walk where pro golfers played last year’s U.S. Open at Chambers Bay Golf Course. The more than 3 miles of paved trail at Chambers Creek Regional Park includes small hills and beautiful views of the Puget Sound.
- Ogle at muscle cars, NASCAR legends and all sorts of work-related vehicles at LeMay-America’s Car Museum. See more landmark vehicles and car memorabilia from Harold LeMay’s collection at Marymount in Spanaway.
- Escape gray skies with an overload of color. Hundreds of poinsettias and other winter blooms fill the W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory from Dec. 2 to Jan. 8. Or enjoy a free art walk with the brightly colored pieces that make up the Chihuly Bridge of Glass.
- Paint small rocks and hide them around town as part of the Tacoma Rocks! movement. Or keep your eyes open on a walk around town and you might discover cheerful rocks someone left for you to find!