Walk and Roll Through the Holidays
As we near the end of 2023, there are many holiday-themed events to check out across Pierce County. Ride Together Pierce has gathered information on a variety of these events from DuPont to Fife to University Place along with tips on how to arrive in a sustainable fashion. Check out events in your own neighborhood, or hop on a bike, bus, or scooter and see what neighboring towns are up to!
Step back into the Zoolights tradition you know and love: your Zoo, transformed into a colorful winter wonderland with over 800,000 lights. Closed Dec. 24 and 25. Open Dec. 31 and Jan. 1. Timed online tickets required.Editing
Ice Lights and Ice Bumper Cars, Dec. 1-31
ICE lights is a new lighted ice experience being offered during the holiday season at Sprinker Recreation Center. This year the ice rink will be transformed into a winter wonderland with over 35,000 lights and animated displays. Check back shortly for more details and a video preview of what you can expect!
Arrive at Sprinker Center via walking, rolling, or Pierce Transit Route 1.
Cascade Bicycle Club Bike Rides
DuPont Walking Tour (available year-round)
Visit interpretive signs in the City of DuPont to learn the history of the town which dates back over 5,000 years.
Lights of Fircrest (self-guided walk tours), starting Sunday, Dec. 10
Fircrest residents are putting on a holiday light show for the Annual Lights of Fircrest Outdoor Holiday Display Contest.
The list of registered homes will be available to the community for self-guided tours on Sunday, December 10. The touring guide will be posted on the City of Fircrest website as well as its Facebook page. Paper copies will be available at the Fircrest Community Center.
Metro Parks Tacoma Holiday Events
Metro Parks Tacoma annually hosts a wide range of holiday themed events throughout November and December, including holiday workshops and music events at the W.W. Seymour Conservatory, ornament decorating and "Holiday Blast" events at various Community Centers and much more.
Tacoma Light Trail, Dec. 31 - Jan. 14
A trail of light art and sound that winds around the city. Discover downtown Tacoma and find the light displays and live performances via walking, biking, Link Light Rail or Pierce Transit. Check out all the bus routes that can get you there.
Velofemmes New Year's Day Bike Ride, Jan. 1, 6:15 p.m.
Join Velofemmes on a New Year's Day bike ride! Riders will meet at Starbucks in Lincoln District at 3737 S G Street, Tacoma at 10:15 a.m. and will be ready to ride at 10:30 a.m. Riders will explore the Pipeline trail for about 10 miles, with a couple of short hills. Helmet required, no one will be left behind on this ride.
Arrive at Starbucks in Lincoln District by bike, or Pierce Transit Route 54.
Tacoma Light Rail Bike Ride, Jan. 4, 6 p.m.
Light up your bike and ride to see the sights! Hosted by Downtown: On the Go! (DOTG), celebrate the light and the new year with a free, family friendly bike ride on Thursday January 4th, 2024, meeting at the plaza at 1201 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma WA 98402. Gather together at 6 p.m. to decorate your bike with lights and reflectors. Free materials available while supplies last, zip ties and tape provided. Snacks and hot drinks will be provided. The ride will leave around 6:30 p.m.
This special event is in partnership with the Tacoma Light Trail, which uses light art to uplift and unify our community during dark times. The ride will highlight light art on the trail, with details on the installations provided by Tacoma Light Trail staff. Bring your friends and light up your bikes!
Participants will ride together, following a ~2-mile route across Downtown Tacoma. This ride is open to all ages and abilities. Youth must be accompanied by adults. Helmets are required. There will be some hills, which will be taken slowly.
Visit the DOTG website to learn more and pre-register.
Tacoma Walk Series by Downtown; On the Go! (Available year-round)
Downtown Tacoma's transportation advocacy group Downtown: On the Go! has created a variety of walk tours featuring Tacoma's waterfront, murals, musical history, the Puyallup tribe, and more. Find a walk that interests you and follow along with the GeoTourist app!
Check out the walks here.
City of Tacoma History Walking Tours (available year-round)
The City of Tacoma's Office of Historic Preservation invites you to learn more about Tacoma's history on one of the many walking tours that are hosted in their community. Walking tours feature Tacoma sweets, historic schools, sacred spaces, and many historic districts.