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Saturday, December 1

Zoolights
Zoolights runs Nov. 23 to Jan. 6 (closed Dec. 24) See the Zoo transformed into a colorful winter wonderland with more than a half-million lights. The holiday spirit comes aglow in this magical world of dazzling 3-D animal light dis... More
China Lake Volunteer Work Party

9:00 am

Register Online   Help restore your local park's natural area every first Saturday. Our habitat steward and Friends of China Lake volunteers are there to provide a fun, open, and secure place to play, learn and grow. Vo... More
Ryan's Park Volunteer Work Party

9:00 am

Register Online   Help restore your local park's natural area every first Saturday. Volunteers will learn about restoration efforts happening at Ryan's Park, as well as get hands on experience with how to ... More
Santa Visits the Conservatory

10:00 am

Join us for this much anticipated visit from Santa and his reindeer friends. Cookies, crafts and and jolly good times will be provided. Memorialize the holidays in the beauty of the Conservatory with a professional photograph with Santa (separa... More
Christmas Regale

11:00 am

Take a break from the hustle and bustle of modern holidays and experience a real old-fashioned Christmas at Fort Nisqually Living History Museum. A highlight of the event is the arrival of the yule log, towed in by young visitors at 1 pm. Ev... More
Holiday Cruise for People with Disabilities

11:00 am

Join us for this year’s Holiday Cruise. Ride around the Sound with your friends and family, dance off the cold and make crafts full of holiday cheer. Meet at the Thea Foss Seaport Museum for fun, food, and a chance to see a special gue... More

Sunday, December 2

Zoolights
Zoolights runs Nov. 23 to Jan. 6 (closed Dec. 24) See the Zoo transformed into a colorful winter wonderland with more than a half-million lights. The holiday spirit comes aglow in this magical world of dazzling 3-D animal light dis... More
Garden Tour at the Zoo

10:00 am

Take a tour around the beautiful landscapes of Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, led by lead horticulturalist Bryon Jones.  This month: "Bamboo Paradise," an exploration of the many varieties of bamboo in the lush Asian Fores... More

Monday, December 3

Zoolights
Zoolights runs Nov. 23 to Jan. 6 (closed Dec. 24) See the Zoo transformed into a colorful winter wonderland with more than a half-million lights. The holiday spirit comes aglow in this magical world of dazzling 3-D animal light dis... More
Commitee 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). M... More

Tuesday, December 4

Zoolights
Zoolights runs Nov. 23 to Jan. 6 (closed Dec. 24) See the Zoo transformed into a colorful winter wonderland with more than a half-million lights. The holiday spirit comes aglow in this magical world of dazzling 3-D animal light dis... More

Wednesday, December 5

Zoolights
Zoolights runs Nov. 23 to Jan. 6 (closed Dec. 24) See the Zoo transformed into a colorful winter wonderland with more than a half-million lights. The holiday spirit comes aglow in this magical world of dazzling 3-D animal light dis... More

Thursday, December 6

Zoolights
Zoolights runs Nov. 23 to Jan. 6 (closed Dec. 24) See the Zoo transformed into a colorful winter wonderland with more than a half-million lights. The holiday spirit comes aglow in this magical world of dazzling 3-D animal light dis... More

Friday, December 7

Zoolights
Zoolights runs Nov. 23 to Jan. 6 (closed Dec. 24) See the Zoo transformed into a colorful winter wonderland with more than a half-million lights. The holiday spirit comes aglow in this magical world of dazzling 3-D animal light dis... More
Holiday Kids Night Out at STAR Center

6:00 pm

Need a night out to get some secret gift shopping or wrapping done? Bring the kids to STAR Center and let them play.   Participants will explore the 5,000 sq. ft. indoor/outdoor Treetops Playground and make holiday creations. Subway sa... More

Saturday, December 8

Zoolights
Zoolights runs Nov. 23 to Jan. 6 (closed Dec. 24) See the Zoo transformed into a colorful winter wonderland with more than a half-million lights. The holiday spirit comes aglow in this magical world of dazzling 3-D animal light dis... More
Franklin Park Volunteer Work Party

9:00 am

  Register Online   Help restore your local park's natural area every second Saturday. Our habitat steward Nori Kimura and volunteers are there to provide a fun, open, and secure place to play, learn and gr... More
Salmon Saturday

10:00 am

Welcome Swan Creek salmon as they return home to spawn! Experience the special wonder of watching salmon make their way upstream in an urban setting. Learn about the salmon, and how to protect them, with guided tours, children's activiti... More
Victorian Holiday Festival

10:00 am

Frolic and folly at our annual Victorian Holiday Festival honoring Tacoma's historic Victorian-styled Conservatory. Staff and volunteers will be dressed in beautiful costumes. Enjoy live music, crafts and delightful refreshments. $3 sugg... More
Squid Fishing Derby (JBLM)

3:00 pm

Enjoy a time limited squid derby with prizes for the winners based on number of squid caught in the time allowed. 1st Place Adult $50 Marina Gift Card 2nd Place Adult $30 Marina Gift Card 3rd Place Adult $20 Marina Gift Card Rule... More

Sunday, December 9

Zoolights
Zoolights runs Nov. 23 to Jan. 6 (closed Dec. 24) See the Zoo transformed into a colorful winter wonderland with more than a half-million lights. The holiday spirit comes aglow in this magical world of dazzling 3-D animal light dis... More
Second Sunday Music

1:00 pm

This month's concert features The Loving Tunefuls - Folk, Singer/Songwriter. 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 ... More

Monday, December 10

Zoolights
Zoolights runs Nov. 23 to Jan. 6 (closed Dec. 24) See the Zoo transformed into a colorful winter wonderland with more than a half-million lights. The holiday spirit comes aglow in this magical world of dazzling 3-D animal light dis... More
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 Meetings The Board meets at 6 pm on the second and fourth Mondays of each month in the Board Room at Metr... More
Center at Norpoint Blood Drive

8:00 am

A community partnership with Bloodworks Northwest is making it more convenient for you to give the blood that's needed at Tacoma-area hospitals. When you donate, you're saving lives!     December 10, 2018 Center a... More

Tuesday, December 11

Zoolights
Zoolights runs Nov. 23 to Jan. 6 (closed Dec. 24) See the Zoo transformed into a colorful winter wonderland with more than a half-million lights. The holiday spirit comes aglow in this magical world of dazzling 3-D animal light dis... More

Wednesday, December 12

Zoolights
Zoolights runs Nov. 23 to Jan. 6 (closed Dec. 24) See the Zoo transformed into a colorful winter wonderland with more than a half-million lights. The holiday spirit comes aglow in this magical world of dazzling 3-D animal light dis... More
Capital Improvement Committee - Canceled
The Capital Improvement 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 ... More
Story Hour

11:00 am

Kids will have fun learning about nature and plants with Bonnie Beaudoin through short stories, craft and science projects. Book: Red Sings from Treetops: A Year in Colors by Joyce Sidman Science: The Seasons Art: Sparkly Pine Cones Sugge... More

Thursday, December 13

Zoolights
Zoolights runs Nov. 23 to Jan. 6 (closed Dec. 24) See the Zoo transformed into a colorful winter wonderland with more than a half-million lights. The holiday spirit comes aglow in this magical world of dazzling 3-D animal light dis... More

Friday, December 14

Zoolights
Zoolights runs Nov. 23 to Jan. 6 (closed Dec. 24) See the Zoo transformed into a colorful winter wonderland with more than a half-million lights. The holiday spirit comes aglow in this magical world of dazzling 3-D animal light dis... More
Indoor Movie Night at STAR Center
Join us at STAR Center for a free indoor movie! Bring blankets, pillows or low chairs to relax on.  The Polar Express will be shown on a big screen. Admission is free. Children must be accompanied by an adult. We will provide chairs if ... More
Holiday Sing-Along

6:00 pm

Enjoy an evening of hot cocoa, cookies and singing holiday favorites with friends and family. Supported by Sound Credit Union $3 suggested donation W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory 316 South G Street in historic Wright Park (253... More

Saturday, December 15

Zoolights
Zoolights runs Nov. 23 to Jan. 6 (closed Dec. 24) See the Zoo transformed into a colorful winter wonderland with more than a half-million lights. The holiday spirit comes aglow in this magical world of dazzling 3-D animal light dis... More
Breakfast with Santa at Norpoint

8:30 am

Rise and shine for Breakfast with Santa at The Center at Norpoint. Enjoy a delicious pancake breakfast, holiday arts and crafts, pictures with Santa and more! The 2nd Annual Breakfast with Santa will feature two sessions of fun at 8:30 a.m. ... More
Oak Tree Park Volunteer Work Party

9:00 am

Register Online   Help restore your local park's natural area every third Saturday. Our Habitat steward and volunteers are there to provide a fun, open, and secure place to play, learn, and grow. Volunteers are removing inva... More
McKinley Park Volunteer Work Party

9:00 am

Help restore your local park's green space every 3rd Saturday. All ages welcome. Bring your garden gloves, wear long pants, long sleeved shirt and closed-toed shoes that you don't mind getting dirty. We will provide litter bag... More
Point Defiance Beach Cleanup

9:00 am

Register Online   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. Dress for the weather... More
Holiday Kids Night Out at STAR Center

6:00 pm

Need a night out to get some secret gift shopping or wrapping done? Bring the kids to STAR Center and let them play.   Participants will explore the 5,000 sq. ft. indoor/outdoor Treetops Playground and make holiday creations. Subway sa... More

Sunday, December 16

Zoolights
Zoolights runs Nov. 23 to Jan. 6 (closed Dec. 24) See the Zoo transformed into a colorful winter wonderland with more than a half-million lights. The holiday spirit comes aglow in this magical world of dazzling 3-D animal light dis... More

Monday, December 17

Zoolights
Zoolights runs Nov. 23 to Jan. 6 (closed Dec. 24) See the Zoo transformed into a colorful winter wonderland with more than a half-million lights. The holiday spirit comes aglow in this magical world of dazzling 3-D animal light dis... More
Committee of the Whole - Canceled
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). M... More

Tuesday, December 18

Zoolights
Zoolights runs Nov. 23 to Jan. 6 (closed Dec. 24) See the Zoo transformed into a colorful winter wonderland with more than a half-million lights. The holiday spirit comes aglow in this magical world of dazzling 3-D animal light dis... More

Wednesday, December 19

Zoolights
Zoolights runs Nov. 23 to Jan. 6 (closed Dec. 24) See the Zoo transformed into a colorful winter wonderland with more than a half-million lights. The holiday spirit comes aglow in this magical world of dazzling 3-D animal light dis... More

Thursday, December 20

Zoolights
Zoolights runs Nov. 23 to Jan. 6 (closed Dec. 24) See the Zoo transformed into a colorful winter wonderland with more than a half-million lights. The holiday spirit comes aglow in this magical world of dazzling 3-D animal light dis... More

Friday, December 21

Zoolights
Zoolights runs Nov. 23 to Jan. 6 (closed Dec. 24) See the Zoo transformed into a colorful winter wonderland with more than a half-million lights. The holiday spirit comes aglow in this magical world of dazzling 3-D animal light dis... More
Glow Golf

5:00 pm

Enjoy a fun night of golf in the dark with friends! 2018 Dates: Dec. 21, 22, 28 & 29 Tee Times: from 5-7 pm (must sign up online) Cost: $25 Includes: Green Fee for round of golf on the Williams Nine Course & Glow Ball Rang... More
Holiday Kids Night Out at STAR Center

6:00 pm

Need a night out to get some secret gift shopping or wrapping done? Bring the kids to STAR Center and let them play.   Participants will explore the 5,000 sq. ft. indoor/outdoor Treetops Playground and make holiday creations. Subway sa... More

Saturday, December 22

Zoolights
Zoolights runs Nov. 23 to Jan. 6 (closed Dec. 24) See the Zoo transformed into a colorful winter wonderland with more than a half-million lights. The holiday spirit comes aglow in this magical world of dazzling 3-D animal light dis... More
Charlotte's Blueberry Park Volunteer Work Party

9:00 am

Register Online   Help restore your local park's natural area every fourth Saturday. Our habitat steward and Friends of Blueberry Park volunteers are there to provide a fun, open, and secure place to play, learn, and grow. V... More
Glow Golf

5:00 pm

Enjoy a fun night of golf in the dark with friends! 2018 Dates: Dec. 21, 22, 28 & 29 Tee Times: from 5-7 pm (must sign up online) Cost: $25 Includes: Green Fee for round of golf on the Williams Nine Course & Glow Ball Rang... More

Sunday, December 23

Zoolights
Zoolights runs Nov. 23 to Jan. 6 (closed Dec. 24) See the Zoo transformed into a colorful winter wonderland with more than a half-million lights. The holiday spirit comes aglow in this magical world of dazzling 3-D animal light dis... More

Monday, December 24

Zoolights
Zoolights runs Nov. 23 to Jan. 6 (closed Dec. 24) See the Zoo transformed into a colorful winter wonderland with more than a half-million lights. The holiday spirit comes aglow in this magical world of dazzling 3-D animal light dis... More
Jingle Bell Run
Take a break from the holiday hustle and bustle! Bring your family and friends to Wright Park to enjoy a refreshing afternoon 3-mile run or walk. Learn More More
Park Board Meeting canceled
A five-member Board of Park Commissioners governs Metro Parks Tacoma and is the policy determining body for the park district. Regular Meetings The Board meets at 6 pm on the second and fourth Mondays of each month in the Board Room at Metr... More

Tuesday, December 25

Zoolights
Zoolights runs Nov. 23 to Jan. 6 (closed Dec. 24) See the Zoo transformed into a colorful winter wonderland with more than a half-million lights. The holiday spirit comes aglow in this magical world of dazzling 3-D animal light dis... More

Wednesday, December 26

Zoolights
Zoolights runs Nov. 23 to Jan. 6 (closed Dec. 24) See the Zoo transformed into a colorful winter wonderland with more than a half-million lights. The holiday spirit comes aglow in this magical world of dazzling 3-D animal light dis... More
Capital Improvement Committee
The Capital Improvement 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 ... More

Thursday, December 27

Zoolights
Zoolights runs Nov. 23 to Jan. 6 (closed Dec. 24) See the Zoo transformed into a colorful winter wonderland with more than a half-million lights. The holiday spirit comes aglow in this magical world of dazzling 3-D animal light dis... More

Friday, December 28

Zoolights
Zoolights runs Nov. 23 to Jan. 6 (closed Dec. 24) See the Zoo transformed into a colorful winter wonderland with more than a half-million lights. The holiday spirit comes aglow in this magical world of dazzling 3-D animal light dis... More
Glow Golf

5:00 pm

Enjoy a fun night of golf in the dark with friends! 2018 Dates: Dec. 21, 22, 28 & 29 Tee Times: from 5-7 pm (must sign up online) Cost: $25 Includes: Green Fee for round of golf on the Williams Nine Course & Glow Ball Rang... More

Saturday, December 29

Zoolights
Zoolights runs Nov. 23 to Jan. 6 (closed Dec. 24) See the Zoo transformed into a colorful winter wonderland with more than a half-million lights. The holiday spirit comes aglow in this magical world of dazzling 3-D animal light dis... More
Winter Wildland

9:30 am

Breathe in the crisp mountain air and watch in delight as our animals play with holiday-themed treats and enrichments: pine cones, trees, edible ornaments, ice popsicles and more. Free with admission. More information at nwtrek.org. More
Glow Golf

5:00 pm

Enjoy a fun night of golf in the dark with friends! 2018 Dates: Dec. 21, 22, 28 & 29 Tee Times: from 5-7 pm (must sign up online) Cost: $25 Includes: Green Fee for round of golf on the Williams Nine Course & Glow Ball Rang... More

Sunday, December 30

Zoolights
Zoolights runs Nov. 23 to Jan. 6 (closed Dec. 24) See the Zoo transformed into a colorful winter wonderland with more than a half-million lights. The holiday spirit comes aglow in this magical world of dazzling 3-D animal light dis... More
Winter Wildland

9:30 am

Breathe in the crisp mountain air and watch in delight as our animals play with holiday-themed treats and enrichments: pine cones, trees, edible ornaments, ice popsicles and more. Free with admission. More information at nwtrek.org. More

Monday, December 31

Zoolights
Zoolights runs Nov. 23 to Jan. 6 (closed Dec. 24) See the Zoo transformed into a colorful winter wonderland with more than a half-million lights. The holiday spirit comes aglow in this magical world of dazzling 3-D animal light dis... More
Committee of the Whole - canceled
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). M... More