Holiday happenings

By Kyli Pigg and Natalie Moeller - Staff Reporters



Turkey's done. Christmas looms. Finals are nigh. It's time to get your holiday game face on.

If you are looking for activities to get you in the spirit of the season, read on:

The Des Moines Holiday Tree Lighting and Pajama Party will be on Friday, Dec. 1.

It will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Big Catch Plaza, 21634 Marine View Dr. S. in Des Moines.

There will be live music and caroling, as well as face painting and Santa photos for the kids.

Don't forget to wear your favorite pajamas.

There will also be a table with staff accepting food and monetary donations to the Des Moines Area Food Bank.

You can donate new pajamas for children in need as well.

For more information visit www.destinationdesmoines.org/holiday-tree-lighting.

Federal Way hosts its own Holiday Tree Lighting from 4 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2.

This holiday experience includes appearances by Santa and performances from local groups.

The free event will be at 31620 20th Ave. S.

Highline's Marine Sience and Technology Center celebrates the season with it's Holiday Open House on Wednesday, Dec. 6 from 7 to 9 p.m.

Families can enjoy the aquarium and warm up by the bonfire on Redondo Beach while they are waiting to see the Argosy Christmas Ship. The ship will arrive at 8:20 p.m. equipped with speakers so the choirs performing on deck can be heard from the shore.

Highline has been participating for almost 10 years with an attendance of several hundred people.

This event is free and is not only for people who celebrate Christmas.

Event facilitator and Highline professor Rus Higley describes it has a community family night.

"It doesn't matter how and if you celebrate the holidays, family is always number one and that's what this event is all about," Higley said.

This event takes place the week before finals, and this event is billed as an inexpensive way to take a break and immerse yourself in some healthy fun.

The address for the MaST Center is 28203 Redondo Beach Dr. S.

Normandy Park hosts its own Winterfest on Saturday, Dec. 2.

There are two parts to this event. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. there will be cookie decorating at QFC, along with Santa, carolers and school choirs all in the Manhattan Village Shopping Center, 17847 1st Ave. S.

The fifth annual tree lighting at the Normandy Park Towne Center will be from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

The address is 19805 1st Ave. S.

Along with viewing the tree you can listen to choirs singing, and the Marvista Elementary string ensemble.

Children will be able to paricipate in arts and crafts, and will see Santa.

Warm up with hot beverages, and snacks while you meet the Winterfest emcees from KOMO News.

For more information visit, normandyparkblog.com/.

The holiday season flows into Federal Way at Wild Waves Theme Park. Usually known for its summertime fun, Wild Waves is also recognized for its annual Holiday with Lights celebration.

Millions of lights set the theme park aglow with elaborate displays that bring out the Christmas and holiday spirit.

Highline student and employee of Wild Waves, Brooke Buxton, describes the event as, "When all the lights are turned on and arranged there is no dispute that a sense of magic of the Christmas season comes over us."

There is a Toyland for the younger kids where they can play in the snow tent, and write letters to Santa as well as meet him.

"Having a 6-year-old nephew, I have to think about if everyone will have something to enjoy at family outings, with this event my nephew can play in Toyland while my parents enjoy the carolers and the lights and I enjoy the food," Buxton said.

New this year is a "Laser Light Spectacular" where lasers beam through the air onto a panoramic screen, choreographed to the tunes of Christmas hits.

The show is performed three times nightly.

The festivities will run from Dec. 3-31.

It will be open from 5 to 10 p.m., except Dec. 3, and Dec. 10.

At the box office, general admission is $19.99. If you buy your tickets online or at any local Safeway or Albertson's, admission is $14.99.

For people shorter than 48" admission is $14.99 at the gate and online.

Wild Waves is at 36201 Enchanted Pkwy S.

For more information visit https://www.wildwaves.com/holidaywithlights.php

Starting on Nov. 23 you can visit the Northwest's largest drive-through display, Fantasy Lights.

This two mile drive includes nearly 300 displays and thousands of lights.

It is sure to be fun for people of all ages.

The 23rd annual Fantasy Lights will be on display until Jan. 1 from 5:30 to 9 p.m. each night.

The address is 14905 Bresemann Blvd. S., in Spanaway.

Admission is $14 per vehicle, with up to 24 passengers, and $45 for buses carrying more than 25 people.

Discounted tickets for $11 per vehicle are available at the Lakewood Community Center and the Sprinkler Recreation Center.

Fantasy Lights also offers half price admission nights Nov. 27-29 and Dec. 4 to 5.

Enjoy the lights for just $7 per vehicle.

For more information visit co.pierce.wa.us.

Witness another fun season of Zoolights at Tacoma's Point Defiance Zoo.

The zoo will be transformed with thousands of lights and 3-D animal light displays.

Admission will be $10 per person.

"The lights are quite extravagant and hard not to enjoy," said Ahmed Abdulle, Highline student and volunteer at the Point Defiance Zoo.

There are many fun activities at Zoolights. You can ride the carousel or a camel, visit the gift shop, see some animals and, of course, enjoy the lights.

"Zoolights is fun for the entire family, and it doesn't matter what the age is. There's something for everyone to do," Abdulle said.

This event runs from Nov. 24 - Jan. 1 but will be closed on Dec. 24 for Christmas Eve.

The zoo will be open from 5 to 9 p.m. on operating days.

The Point Defiance Zoo is at 5400 N. Pearl St.

For tickets and more information about this event visit pdza.org.

If the weather outside is too frightful, you can always celebrate,Dickens style at A Victorian Country Christmas at the Washington State Fairgrounds.

Spend the day shopping in more than 500 booths, eating gourmet food and desserts, drinking wine, and enjoying professional stage shows.

This event will be held at the fairgrounds Nov. 29-30 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Dec. 1-2 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Dec. 3 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The address is 110 9th Ave. S.W. in the Mattress Firm Showplex, the Pavilion. and the Exposition Hall.

Enter the through the Blue or Gold gates.

Prices for this event range from 8-$10, and ticket sales at the gate are cash only.

For tickets and more information go to thefair.com.

Looking for something closer to home?

Discover Burien's Winterfest happens on Dec. 2 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Get in the holiday spirit by exploring the local shops, enjoying free horse rides, carriage rides, and free Santa photos during your visit.

Admission to this event is free so if you're on a budget this is a cheap and fun way to get in the holiday spirit.

This event will be held along S.W. 152nd St. in Downtown Burien.

Visit Discoverburien.org for more information.

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