Holiday events near JBLM

Your calendar will be stuffed like a stocking

By Ranger Staff on November 21, 2023

Now that we are full on into the holiday season, we have put together a list of holiday events in the South Sound regions. Enjoy.

Through Jan. 15

Oly on Ice, days and times vary.

A local tradition and favorite, this year join in on the fun at this local outdoor skating rink. Be sure to dress extra warm!

Isthmus Park, 529 Fourth Ave. W, Olympia, for hours visit  

Nov. 24-Jan. 1

Fantasy Lights, 5:30- 9 p.m., $15-$45, discounts available.

Experience the largest holiday drive through display in the Northwest. Enjoy over 300 elaborate displays with thousands of twinkly lights, while listening to special holiday music prepared by AM 1700.

Spanaway Lake Park, Spanaway,

Nov. 24-Jan. 1

Zoolights at Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium, 4:30-10 p.m., $14-18, ages 2 and younger free, military discounts available.

This family favorite event features over 800,000 colorful LED lights bringing the area to life each night. The lights bring whimsical animal scenes to life and will provide fun for all. Parking is free.

5400 N Pearl St., Tacoma, 253.591.5337,     

Nov. 24-Dec. 24

A Christmas Carol, general $57, senior/military $53, student/youth $33, 7:30 p.m., Fri-Sat evenings; 2 p.m., Sun matinees.

Harlequin Productions presents Artistic Director Aaron Lamb's adaptation of Charles Dickens's timeless story of transformation, absolution, and grace, updated with new chills and thrills for 2023.

State Theater, 202 Fourth Ave. E, Olympia,

Nov. 25

Christmas at the Mansion Opening Night, 4:30-7 p.m., $10-$15.

The beautiful Ezra Meeker Mansion is decorated in authentic Victorian Christmas Style, in an effort to further preserve and protect the historical aspects of the Puyallup Valley. Also includes tours, hayrides, scavenger hunt and more.

312 Spring St., Meeker Mansion, Puyallup,

Nov. 30-Dec. 3

A Victorian Country Christmas Festival, 10 a.m.- 8 p.m., Thurs-Sat; 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday; General $12, Military $10, children 11 and younger Free.

Celebrate their 34th anniversary by finding the perfect gift for everyone on your list while enjoying professional stage shows and concerts. Parking is free.

Washington State Fair and Events Center, Puyallup,

Dec. 1-3, 8-10, 15-17, 20-23

Holiday Magic, 4:30-9:30 p.m., for prices see website.

Capture all the holiday magic with delicious food and holiday treats, festive light exhibits, The Manger display, Gnome Land, Joy Around the World displays, the Hometown Holiday Forest, the Yeti Bar & Fire Pit and more!

Washington State Fair Event Center, Puyallup, 253.845.1771,

Dec. 1

Seattle Men's Chorus, A TREEmendous Holiday Concert, 7:30 p.m., $39-$99.

It's time to ho ho ho with Seattle Men's Chorus. Seattle's most joyful holiday tradition is a fun-filled celebration of seasonal favorites along with the Pacific Northwest's gayest sing-along.

Pantages Theater, 901 Broadway, Tacoma,

Dec. 2

Run Rudolph Run 5K and 1K,10 a.m. $10-$30.

Registration is available over the phone at 253-967-4771, in person at Leisure Travel Services, Soldiers Field House and online at Online registration closes Nov. 29. You also can register the day of the race at the race site between 8:30-9:30 a.m. Packet pickup at MWR Fest Tent, S 12th St., behind Bowl Arena Lanes, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 1. Check website for more details.

S 12th St. and Liggett Ave., JBLM

Dec. 8-31

The Velveteen Rabbit, dates and timesat

This holiday season, bring the whole family to see this classic tale brought to life! At approximately 55 minutes and presented without intermission, it's perfect for the little ones - recommended for ages five and older. Based on the story by Margery Williams, and adapted for the stage by Thomas Olson, the show features a cast and crew with both adult and youth artists.

Olympia Family Theater, 612 4th Ave. E, Olympia,

Dec. 8-31

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, see website for performance times, adults $31, military/students/seniors $29, children 12 and younger $24.

The Tacoma Little Theater presents this holiday classic that soars off the screen in this musical adaptation of the beloved television special. Filled with holiday hits like "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" and "A Holly Jolly Christmas," Rudolph the Red-Nosed ReindeerTM features all of your favorite characters including Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius and, of course, Rudolph. It's an adventure that teaches us that what makes you different can be what makes you special.

Tacoma Little Theater, 210 N St., Tacoma, tickets: 253-272-2281 and

Dec. 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17

A Merry Poppins Christmas!7 p.m., Dec. 8, 15; 3 p.m., 7 p.m., Dec. 9, 16; 3 p.m., Dec. 10, 17.

Your invited to this December for Life Center's brand-new Christmas Production, A Merry Poppins Christmas! In all eight performances, we will see how Merry brings the light of Jesus to a family at Christmastime. Bring your friends and family to enjoy this 90-minute performance with no intermission. Lots of familiar favorites from years past, including singing, dancing, acting, and a full orchestra that are sure to bring joy to your heart.

Life Center, 1717 S Union Ave., Tacoma,

Dec. 8-10, 15-17

The Nutcracker, 7:30 p.m., Fri; 2 p.m., 7 p.m., Sat; 2 p.m., Sun; $17-$38.

Ballet Northwest presents a special holiday treat for the whole family. Watch the performances of the Sugar Plum Fairy, Nutcracker Prince, and an epic battle beneath the Christmas tree.

Washington Center Main Stage, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia, tickets at

Dec. 9

A Very Merry Market, 2-8 p.m., Free

Community event includes vendors, food trucks, live music, performers, family activities, a selfie photo booth with Santa, workshops, games, art installations and more!

Tacoma Armory, 1001 S Yakima, Ave., Tacoma,

Dec. 9

Lakewood Holiday Parade of Lights and Tree Lighting, 4 p.m., Free

Starting at 4 p.m. at City Hall, there will be food trucks, carolers, circus activities hosted by Vuelta La Luna and more.

At 4:30 p.m. intricately decorated floats illuminated by lights, and walkers handing out treats will parade from Park Lodge Elementary School down Gravelly Lake Drive to Main Street into Lakewood Towne Center. People are encouraged to line the parade route to cheer on their friends and neighbors.

Then, at approximately 5:30 p.m., as the last parade float makes its way to City Hall, the Lakewood City Council will ask the crowd to help with the annual countdown to the lighting of the city Christmas tree.

Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main St. SW, Lakewood,   

Dec. 16-17, 19-20

The Christmas Revels, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Sat; 1 p.m., Sun; 7:30 p.m., Tues; 2 p.m., Wed.

The theme of this year's show is Silk Road Merchants Meet Medieval England. Expect music, stories, dancing, singing, celebration... Revels! Military discounts available.

Rialto Theatre, 310 S Ninth, Tacoma, 253.591.5894,

Dec. 2-Jan. 7

Wonder: Winter Flower Show presented by Amazon, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., FREE.

The conservatory highlights the beauty of the seasons with four distinctive displays each year. As each show is planned, a theme is chosen that reminds us to breathe in magical moments when we come across them, and to remind ourselves to appreciate the joy of nature. Wonder: Winter Flower Show sparkles with 10 different poinsettias, vibrant tropical foliage and whimsical touches throughout our historical conservatory.

W.W. Seymour Conservatory, 316 S G St., Tacoma, 253-404-3975,