Happy December – a month full of chilly days, cozy indoor activities, magical light shows, and more! Bundle up and celebrate with your community at countless family-friendly events across Pierce County. We’ve put together our top picks for the month here, but keep an eye out for other family-friendly happenings around you! Admission to each event on our list comes at no cost.

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Holiday Haul Crawl

Holiday Haul Crawl

Downtown Tacoma | November 28 – December 9

Check out tons of events through Downtown Tacoma, including horse-drawn carriage rides, professional photos, shopping, and more! Be sure to check out the event posting to see which activities are happening on each date and the precise locations at which they’re occurring.

Salmon Saturdays

Salmon Saturdays

Swan Creek Park | December 2 and December 9

Join the community in welcoming home the spawning salmon at Swan Creek Park! With different educators for each day to teach about salmon and their conservation, community members are also invited to fill out a Salmon Challenge Bingo Card for a chance to win prizes. Bundle up and meet with community members at the Pioneer Way entrance to Swan Creek Park, 2820 Pioneer Way E.

A Very Merry Market

A Very Merry Market

Tacoma Armory | December 9

Black Night Market and Tacoma Arts Live present this lively market with vendors, food trucks, live music, performers, family activities, a photo booth, workshops, games, art installations and more at the Tacoma Armory at 1001 S Yakima Ave, Tacoma from 2 – 8 p.m.

Winter Solstice Celebration: Night Market

Winter Solstice Celebration: Night Market

Frontier Park | December 16

Enjoy live entertainment, tasty food, and goods from local vendors at Frontier Park! Admission and parking for the Night Market are free, but those wanting to attend the candlelit Luminary Walk and solstice craft projects will need to pay a small fee. The event will be held at Frontier Park at 21714 Meridian E. in Graham from 5 – 9 p.m.

Tacoma Light Trail

Tacoma Light Trail

Downtown Tacoma | December 31 – January 14

This winter, Downtown Tacoma is turning into a trail of light and art! Starting on December 31 with live music, circus, dancing and light art in Tollefson Plaza, this walkable and drivable trail will illuminate the streets of Downtown Tacoma each evening from 5 – 9 p.m. Check out the installation at the Children’s Museum of Tacoma!

Noon Years’ Eve Celebration

Noon Years’ Eve Celebration

South Hill Library | December 31

Join South Hill Library at 15420 Meridian East in South Hill from 11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. as they ring in the New Year with crafts, stories, and music, all before noon!

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