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Monday, December 1

Zoolights
Bundle up and stroll the Zoo as it comes aglow with more than a half-million lights. Warm up in the steamy South Pacific Aquarium, ride a camel or take a spin on the antique carousel. Be inspired by dazzling animal-themed displays, includi... More

Tuesday, December 2

Zoolights
Bundle up and stroll the Zoo as it comes aglow with more than a half-million lights. Warm up in the steamy South Pacific Aquarium, ride a camel or take a spin on the antique carousel. Be inspired by dazzling animal-themed displays, includi... More

Wednesday, December 3

Zoolights
Bundle up and stroll the Zoo as it comes aglow with more than a half-million lights. Warm up in the steamy South Pacific Aquarium, ride a camel or take a spin on the antique carousel. Be inspired by dazzling animal-themed displays, includi... More

Thursday, December 4

Zoolights
Bundle up and stroll the Zoo as it comes aglow with more than a half-million lights. Warm up in the steamy South Pacific Aquarium, ride a camel or take a spin on the antique carousel. Be inspired by dazzling animal-themed displays, includi... More

Friday, December 5

Zoolights
Bundle up and stroll the Zoo as it comes aglow with more than a half-million lights. Warm up in the steamy South Pacific Aquarium, ride a camel or take a spin on the antique carousel. Be inspired by dazzling animal-themed displays, includi... More

Saturday, December 6

Zoolights
Bundle up and stroll the Zoo as it comes aglow with more than a half-million lights. Warm up in the steamy South Pacific Aquarium, ride a camel or take a spin on the antique carousel. Be inspired by dazzling animal-themed displays, includi... More
Victorian Holiday Celebration

10:00 am

Visit with Santa, listen to children’s stories and take part in some Victorian Holiday cheer.  Staff and volunteers will be dressed in beautiful Victorian Costumes to answer your questions and serve refreshments.  Santa will be ... More
19th Century Christmas

11:00 am

Celebrate an Old-Fashioned Christmas Children can help tow in the yule log at Fort Nisqually Living History Museum during 19th Century Christmas, an old-fashioned holiday celebration that includes a visit from Father Christmas and a sa... More
Specialized Recreation Holiday Cruise

11:00 am

This special cruise for people with disabilities tours Thea Foss waterway in beautiful, privately owned boats. Cruise the Thea Foss Waterway in comfort and style, dance to music and enjoy the festive holiday atmosphere. Enjoy sights and sounds ... More
Pier Peer in Tacoma

7:30 pm

Bring your family and join us for an aquatic night-time adventure as you explore hundreds of mysterious life forms below the docks with experienced naturalists! See and touch creatures brought up from the deep by local divers. Participate in a ... More

Sunday, December 7

Zoolights
Bundle up and stroll the Zoo as it comes aglow with more than a half-million lights. Warm up in the steamy South Pacific Aquarium, ride a camel or take a spin on the antique carousel. Be inspired by dazzling animal-themed displays, includi... More

Monday, December 8

Park Board Meeting
A five-member Board of Park Commissioners governs Metro Parks Tacoma and is the policy determining body for the park district.Regular MeetingsThe Board meets at 6 pm on the second and fourth Mondays of each month in the Board Room at Metro Pa... More
Zoolights
Bundle up and stroll the Zoo as it comes aglow with more than a half-million lights. Warm up in the steamy South Pacific Aquarium, ride a camel or take a spin on the antique carousel. Be inspired by dazzling animal-themed displays, includi... More

Tuesday, December 9

Zoolights
Bundle up and stroll the Zoo as it comes aglow with more than a half-million lights. Warm up in the steamy South Pacific Aquarium, ride a camel or take a spin on the antique carousel. Be inspired by dazzling animal-themed displays, includi... More

Wednesday, December 10

Zoolights
Bundle up and stroll the Zoo as it comes aglow with more than a half-million lights. Warm up in the steamy South Pacific Aquarium, ride a camel or take a spin on the antique carousel. Be inspired by dazzling animal-themed displays, includi... More
Story Hour at the Conservatory

11:00 am

Join Bonnie Beaudoin in the tropical atmosphere of the Conservatory for monthly storytelling along with a short hands-on science and art project.Kids will have fun learning about nature through stories and crafts. $3 admission, ages 11 and youn... More
Capital Improvement Committee

5:30 pm

This committee meets two Wednesdays per month (every Wednesday following a Board Meeting) to review, influence, facilitate and monitor the capital improvement program, including bond projects, for the district. The public is invited to attend. ... More

Thursday, December 11

Zoolights
Bundle up and stroll the Zoo as it comes aglow with more than a half-million lights. Warm up in the steamy South Pacific Aquarium, ride a camel or take a spin on the antique carousel. Be inspired by dazzling animal-themed displays, includi... More

Friday, December 12

Zoolights
Bundle up and stroll the Zoo as it comes aglow with more than a half-million lights. Warm up in the steamy South Pacific Aquarium, ride a camel or take a spin on the antique carousel. Be inspired by dazzling animal-themed displays, includi... More

Saturday, December 13

Zoolights
Bundle up and stroll the Zoo as it comes aglow with more than a half-million lights. Warm up in the steamy South Pacific Aquarium, ride a camel or take a spin on the antique carousel. Be inspired by dazzling animal-themed displays, includi... More
Relax and Renew

9:00 am

Relax and renew with an hour of guided meditation & gentle movement. No experience necessary, accessible to all. Wear comfortable clothes and bring a mat or pillow to sit on. ... More
Salmon Saturday

10:00 am

Join us as we “welcome home” Swan Creek Salmon... The event includes tours of the park to see the spawning salmon, children’s activities, salmon-friendly home & gardening information and more. And, learn what a wa... More

Sunday, December 14

Zoolights
Bundle up and stroll the Zoo as it comes aglow with more than a half-million lights. Warm up in the steamy South Pacific Aquarium, ride a camel or take a spin on the antique carousel. Be inspired by dazzling animal-themed displays, includi... More
Second Sunday Concert Series

1:00 pm

Enjoy live acoustic music among lush tropical floral displays on the second Sunday of every month.The performers reflect a wide spectrum of musical tastes and the music is intended to appeal to audiences of all ages and sensibilities.Most of th... More
Holiday Wreath Spectacular

2:00 pm

Wreaths made by the local community will be displayed at STAR Center. Wreaths will be juried for the exhibition during the week of December 8. The reception will include a holiday choir, dance performances, pictures with Santa, holiday treats a... More

Monday, December 15

Zoolights
Bundle up and stroll the Zoo as it comes aglow with more than a half-million lights. Warm up in the steamy South Pacific Aquarium, ride a camel or take a spin on the antique carousel. Be inspired by dazzling animal-themed displays, includi... More
Committee of the Whole

5:30 pm

Committee of the Whole meetings are normally held at 5:30 pm on the 3rd and 5th (if there is one) Mondays of each month. All 5 Board members are scheduled to attend. The format is a 'Work Session.' (no public comment).Metro Park... More

Tuesday, December 16

Zoolights
Bundle up and stroll the Zoo as it comes aglow with more than a half-million lights. Warm up in the steamy South Pacific Aquarium, ride a camel or take a spin on the antique carousel. Be inspired by dazzling animal-themed displays, includi... More

Wednesday, December 17

Zoolights
Bundle up and stroll the Zoo as it comes aglow with more than a half-million lights. Warm up in the steamy South Pacific Aquarium, ride a camel or take a spin on the antique carousel. Be inspired by dazzling animal-themed displays, includi... More
Winter Arts Showcase

6:00 pm

A variety of Metro Arts theater and dance genres and classes will be showcased in these FREE, informal performances held at Jason Lee Middle School Auditorium. More

Thursday, December 18

Zoolights
Bundle up and stroll the Zoo as it comes aglow with more than a half-million lights. Warm up in the steamy South Pacific Aquarium, ride a camel or take a spin on the antique carousel. Be inspired by dazzling animal-themed displays, includi... More
Surprise Santa Visit to the Conservatory

5:00 pm

Exciting news!Santa is making a surprise visit to the Conservatory on our 3rd Thursday free admission day. He will be here from 5-7 pm, so bring your cameras and take pictures with him.W.W. Seymour Botanical ConservatoryLocated in Wright Park31... More

Friday, December 19

Zoolights
Bundle up and stroll the Zoo as it comes aglow with more than a half-million lights. Warm up in the steamy South Pacific Aquarium, ride a camel or take a spin on the antique carousel. Be inspired by dazzling animal-themed displays, includi... More

Saturday, December 20

Polar Bear Birthday Party
Slip and slide down to the Arctic Tundra to see our polar bears celebrate their birthdays! Enjoy a cold treat just like our polar bear pals. FREE with paid admission or membership. Skip the lines and save up to $10 on four tickets by p... More
Zoolights
Bundle up and stroll the Zoo as it comes aglow with more than a half-million lights. Warm up in the steamy South Pacific Aquarium, ride a camel or take a spin on the antique carousel. Be inspired by dazzling animal-themed displays, includi... More
Breakfast with Santa

9:00 am

Enjoy breakfast, family pictures with Santa and ornament making. $25 per family (up to 5 people). Portland Avenue Community Center3513 Portland Ave.253-591-5391 More
Point Defiance Beach Cleanup

9:00 am

Get hooked on helping at these cleanup events held every 3rd Saturday at the Point Defiance Marina. Join other volunteers to make a difference in the health and cleanliness of our beaches. Meet at Point Defiance Marina Complex, 5912 N. Waterfro... More

Sunday, December 21

Zoolights
Bundle up and stroll the Zoo as it comes aglow with more than a half-million lights. Warm up in the steamy South Pacific Aquarium, ride a camel or take a spin on the antique carousel. Be inspired by dazzling animal-themed displays, includi... More

Monday, December 22

Cancelled - Park Board Meeting
The December 22, 2014 Park Board Meeting has been cancelled.A five member Board of Park Commissioners governs Metro Parks Tacoma and is the policy determining body for the park district.Regular MeetingsThe Board meets at 6 pm on the second an... More
Zoolights
Bundle up and stroll the Zoo as it comes aglow with more than a half-million lights. Warm up in the steamy South Pacific Aquarium, ride a camel or take a spin on the antique carousel. Be inspired by dazzling animal-themed displays, includi... More

Tuesday, December 23

Zoolights
Bundle up and stroll the Zoo as it comes aglow with more than a half-million lights. Warm up in the steamy South Pacific Aquarium, ride a camel or take a spin on the antique carousel. Be inspired by dazzling animal-themed displays, includi... More

Wednesday, December 24

Jingle Bell Run
Take a break from holiday hustle and bustle. Bring your family and friends to Wright Park to enjoy a refreshing afternoon 3 mile run or walk. This race is a Fun Run! We'll listen to holiday music and have a festive time.New this year: Cho... More
Zoolights
Bundle up and stroll the Zoo as it comes aglow with more than a half-million lights. Warm up in the steamy South Pacific Aquarium, ride a camel or take a spin on the antique carousel. Be inspired by dazzling animal-themed displays, includi... More

Thursday, December 25

Zoolights
Bundle up and stroll the Zoo as it comes aglow with more than a half-million lights. Warm up in the steamy South Pacific Aquarium, ride a camel or take a spin on the antique carousel. Be inspired by dazzling animal-themed displays, includi... More

Friday, December 26

Winter Wildland
See animals throughout the park enjoy winter-themed enrichments like fruit, evergreen trees decorated with treats, wrapped gifts, ice piles, and snowmen. These special gifts are part of Northwest Trek’s animal husbandry program to help en... More
Zoolights
Bundle up and stroll the Zoo as it comes aglow with more than a half-million lights. Warm up in the steamy South Pacific Aquarium, ride a camel or take a spin on the antique carousel. Be inspired by dazzling animal-themed displays, includi... More

Saturday, December 27

Winter Wildland
See animals throughout the park enjoy winter-themed enrichments like fruit, evergreen trees decorated with treats, wrapped gifts, ice piles, and snowmen. These special gifts are part of Northwest Trek’s animal husbandry program to help en... More
Zoolights
Bundle up and stroll the Zoo as it comes aglow with more than a half-million lights. Warm up in the steamy South Pacific Aquarium, ride a camel or take a spin on the antique carousel. Be inspired by dazzling animal-themed displays, includi... More
Relax and Renew

9:00 am

Relax and renew with an hour of guided meditation & gentle movement. No experience necessary, accessible to all. Wear comfortable clothes and bring a mat or pillow to sit on. ... More

Sunday, December 28

Winter Wildland
See animals throughout the park enjoy winter-themed enrichments like fruit, evergreen trees decorated with treats, wrapped gifts, ice piles, and snowmen. These special gifts are part of Northwest Trek’s animal husbandry program to help en... More
Zoolights
Bundle up and stroll the Zoo as it comes aglow with more than a half-million lights. Warm up in the steamy South Pacific Aquarium, ride a camel or take a spin on the antique carousel. Be inspired by dazzling animal-themed displays, includi... More

Monday, December 29

Zoolights
Bundle up and stroll the Zoo as it comes aglow with more than a half-million lights. Warm up in the steamy South Pacific Aquarium, ride a camel or take a spin on the antique carousel. Be inspired by dazzling animal-themed displays, includi... More
Committee of the Whole
Committee of the Whole meetings are normally held at 5:30 pm on the 3rd and 5th (if there is one) Mondays of each month. All 5 Board members are scheduled to attend. The format is a 'Work Session.' (no public comment).Metro Park... More

Tuesday, December 30

Zoolights
Bundle up and stroll the Zoo as it comes aglow with more than a half-million lights. Warm up in the steamy South Pacific Aquarium, ride a camel or take a spin on the antique carousel. Be inspired by dazzling animal-themed displays, includi... More

Wednesday, December 31

Zoolights
Bundle up and stroll the Zoo as it comes aglow with more than a half-million lights. Warm up in the steamy South Pacific Aquarium, ride a camel or take a spin on the antique carousel. Be inspired by dazzling animal-themed displays, includi... More