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Friday, December 1

Zoolights
Zoolights runs Nov, 24 to Jan. 1 (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 displays. Clo... More

Saturday, December 2

Zoolights
Zoolights runs Nov, 24 to Jan. 1 (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 displays. Clo... More
Ryan's Park Volunteer Work Party

9:00 am

Help restore your local park's natural area every first Saturday. Our habitat steward Luis Yanez and volunteers are there to provide a fun, open, and secure place to play, learn and grow. Volunteers are removing invasive plants and ... More
China Lake Volunteer Work Party

9:00 am

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. Volunteers are removing invasive ... More
Santa Visits the Conservatory

10:00 am

Join us for this much anticipated visit from Santa and his reindeer friends. Memorialize the holidays in the beauty of the Conservatory with a professional photograph with Santa for $15. cookies, crafts and and jolly good times provided. $3 ... More
A 19th Century Christmas

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 3

Zoolights
Zoolights runs Nov, 24 to Jan. 1 (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 displays. Clo... More

Monday, December 4

Zoolights
Zoolights runs Nov, 24 to Jan. 1 (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 displays. Clo... More

Tuesday, December 5

Zoolights
Zoolights runs Nov, 24 to Jan. 1 (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 displays. Clo... More

Wednesday, December 6

Zoolights
Zoolights runs Nov, 24 to Jan. 1 (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 displays. Clo... More

Thursday, December 7

Zoolights
Zoolights runs Nov, 24 to Jan. 1 (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 displays. Clo... More

Friday, December 8

Zoolights
Zoolights runs Nov, 24 to Jan. 1 (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 displays. Clo... More
STAR Center Indoor Movie Series
Join us at STAR Center for a free indoor movie! Tonight we're showing The Polar Express on the big screen. Bring blankets, pillows or low chairs to relax on. Admission is free. Children must be accompanied by an adult. November 17 - Spid... More
Family Movie Night at Portland Ave

7:30 pm

Join us at Portland Avenue Community Center for the free indoor movie "Rise of the Guardians." Movie will be shown on large indoor screen. Free popcorn! You are welcome to bring bean bags, game chairs, pillows, etc. for comfortable... More

Saturday, December 9

Zoolights
Zoolights runs Nov, 24 to Jan. 1 (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 displays. Clo... More
Franklin Park Volunteer Work Party

9:00 am

Help restore your local park's natural area every second Saturday. Our Habitat steward and volunteers are there to provide a fun, open, and secure place to play, learn and grow. Volunteers are removing invasive plants and keeping the par... More
Wapato Hills Volunteer Work Party

9:00 am

Help restore your local park's natural area every second Saturday. Our Habitat steward and volunteers are there to provide a fun, open, and secure place to play, learn and grow. Volunteers are removing invasive plants and keeping the par... 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. 11:00 a... More

Sunday, December 10

Zoolights
Zoolights runs Nov, 24 to Jan. 1 (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 displays. Clo... More
Second Sunday Music

1:00 pm

This month's concert features Ken Jacobsen - Guitarist, Cellist, Composer. 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 th... More

Monday, December 11

Zoolights
Zoolights runs Nov, 24 to Jan. 1 (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 displays. Clo... 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

Tuesday, December 12

Zoolights
Zoolights runs Nov, 24 to Jan. 1 (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 displays. Clo... More

Wednesday, December 13

Zoolights
Zoolights runs Nov, 24 to Jan. 1 (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 displays. Clo... 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
Story Hour

11:00 am

Join Bonnie Beaudoin in the tropical atmosphere of the Conservatory for storytelling along with a short hands-on art project. This month featuring Winter Gardens: Fox's Garden by Princesse Camcam Art: Snowflake Design Kids will have ... More

Thursday, December 14

Zoolights
Zoolights runs Nov, 24 to Jan. 1 (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 displays. Clo... More

Friday, December 15

Zoolights
Zoolights runs Nov, 24 to Jan. 1 (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 displays. Clo... More

Saturday, December 16

Zoolights
Zoolights runs Nov, 24 to Jan. 1 (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 displays. Clo... More
Breakfast with Santa and the Grinch

9:00 am

Come to Who-Ville to feast on Who-pudding, Roast Beast sausage, Who-hash, green Grinch-cakes and green eggs with Jolly St. Nick and the grumpy Grinch! Admission includes a picture with Santa, holiday face painting and grinch-themed craft pro... 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. Water... More
Oak Tree Park Volunteer Work Party

9:00 am

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 invasive plants and keeping the par... 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
Breakfast with Santa at Norpoint

9:00 am

Bring the family to enjoy a pancake breakfast and visit with with Santa. Participants can have pictures taken with Santa, send letters to the North Pole and create holiday crafts. Space is limited. Sign up in advance to guarantee your spot. ... More
Cocoa and Caroling

6:00 pm

Bring the family and enjoy a hot cocoa bar and caroling at the Conservatory. $3 suggested donation W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory 316 South G Street in historic Wright Park (253) 591-5330 More

Sunday, December 17

Zoolights
Zoolights runs Nov, 24 to Jan. 1 (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 displays. Clo... More
Swan Creek Food Forest Work Party

1:00 pm

Location: E 42nd and E Roosevelt.  Meet at the south end of the permeable parking lot in Swan Creek Park. Our work parties manage the many aspects of the 1 acre Food Forest, est. 2013. walking trails strategic edible planti... More

Monday, December 18

Zoolights
Zoolights runs Nov, 24 to Jan. 1 (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 displays. Clo... 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). M... More

Tuesday, December 19

Zoolights
Zoolights runs Nov, 24 to Jan. 1 (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 displays. Clo... More

Wednesday, December 20

Zoolights
Zoolights runs Nov, 24 to Jan. 1 (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 displays. Clo... More

Thursday, December 21

Zoolights
Zoolights runs Nov, 24 to Jan. 1 (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 displays. Clo... More
Third Thursday Extended Hours

10:00 am

Visit the Conservatory during extended hours every third Thursday of each month! Conservatory hours on this day are 10am - 7pm. From the extra daylight hours during the summer to the enchantment of the Conservatory at night during the winter... More

Friday, December 22

Zoolights
Zoolights runs Nov, 24 to Jan. 1 (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 displays. Clo... More

Saturday, December 23

Zoolights
Zoolights runs Nov, 24 to Jan. 1 (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 displays. Clo... More
Charlotte's Blueberry Park Volunteer Work Party

9:00 am

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. Volunteers are removing invasive... More

Sunday, December 24

Zoolights
Zoolights runs Nov, 24 to Jan. 1 (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 displays. Clo... 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

Monday, December 25

Zoolights
Zoolights runs Nov, 24 to Jan. 1 (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 displays. Clo... More
Park Board Meeting-cancelled
This 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 Meetings The Board meets at 6 pm on the second and fourth Mondays of ... More

Tuesday, December 26

Zoolights
Zoolights runs Nov, 24 to Jan. 1 (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 displays. Clo... More

Wednesday, December 27

Zoolights
Zoolights runs Nov, 24 to Jan. 1 (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 displays. Clo... 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 28

Zoolights
Zoolights runs Nov, 24 to Jan. 1 (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 displays. Clo... More

Friday, December 29

Zoolights
Zoolights runs Nov, 24 to Jan. 1 (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 displays. Clo... More
Winter Wildland
Get in the holiday spirit at Northwest Trek Wildlife Park and watch animals enjoy winter-themed enrichments like ice piles and trees decorated with treats. Enjoy a narrated tour of the park's free-roaming area from the comfort of a heated t... More

Saturday, December 30

Zoolights
Zoolights runs Nov, 24 to Jan. 1 (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 displays. Clo... More
Winter Wildland
Get in the holiday spirit at Northwest Trek Wildlife Park and watch animals enjoy winter-themed enrichments like ice piles and trees decorated with treats. Enjoy a narrated tour of the park's free-roaming area from the comfort of a heated t... More

Sunday, December 31

Zoolights
Zoolights runs Nov, 24 to Jan. 1 (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 displays. Clo... More
Winter Wildland
Get in the holiday spirit at Northwest Trek Wildlife Park and watch animals enjoy winter-themed enrichments like ice piles and trees decorated with treats. Enjoy a narrated tour of the park's free-roaming area from the comfort of a heated t... More