Thanksgiving Dinner is Over. Now What Should We Do?


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.

Drive through Spanaway Park to enjoy the dazzling displays of the annual Fantasy Lights.

Drive through Spanaway Park to enjoy the dazzling displays of the annual Fantasy Lights.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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).
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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!