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Blog / December 2, 2019

3 Not-to-Miss Holiday Events in the South Sound

Every community has their own unique holiday traditions and the South Sound is no different! We asked a few local residents which holiday events in the South Sound they look forward to each year and they shared some not-to-miss happenings with us.

Who knows—one of these festive attractions just might become part of your family’s holiday tradition if it isn’t already!

The Christmas Ships at Redondo Beach

28608 Redondo Beach Drive South
Des Moines, WA 98198

The Christmas Ship Festival by Argosy Cruises is one of the many perks of living in the South Sound! Jennifer Dovey loves this seaside holiday tradition and being able to take in the sights with neighbors is her favorite part.

In 2019, the Christmas ships will be passing by Des Moines Beach Park and Redondo Beach on Thursday, December 12th. (Click here to see the ship route!) The Dickens Carolers will be performing on the ship and you can catch the Des Moines Beach Park performance at 7:20 PM and the Redondo Beach performance at 8:10 PM.

Bundle up, bring a thermos of hot cocoa, and make sure your phone is charged!

Zoo Lights at Point Defiance

5400 North Pearl Street
Tacoma, WA 98407

This marvel comes highly recommended by local Chad Beckwith, and Point Defiance Zoo Lights is sure to make for a truly memorable time. Delight in the sight of over 700,000 twinkling lights throughout the park as you enjoy a happy hour that includes adult beverages, cocoa, and s'mores you make yourself around the campfire!

You can visit this festive extravaganza from November 29th through January 5th, 2020 from 5:00 to 9:00 PM. Purchase General Admission tickets here.

Holiday Pantomime at Centerstage

3200 Southwest Dash Point Road
Federal Way, WA 98023

“My favorite holiday tradition in Federal Way is attending the Pantomime at Centerstage with Knutzen Family Theatre at 3200 SW Dash Point Rd,” says Terri Reade. “This little intimate not-for-profit theater takes a fairy tale and revives it [with a holiday spin.] My family makes an evening of it and goes for dinner at the Browns Point Diner just 4 miles down the road from the theatre. We look forward to this every year!”

From November 30 - December 22, 2019, Centerstage will be performing Robin Hood - A Holiday Panto. Click here for dates/times and buy tickets!