Friday (Jan. 1)
Get Dirty at TNC
Help care for the park area around the Tacoma Nature Center by removing invasive plants and rehabilitating sections with native plants. Dress for the weather and prepare to get dirty. The next volunteer work party will be 9 a.m.-noon Friday (Jan. 1.) Children are welcome at the free event, but must be accompanied by adults. The center is at 1919 S. Tyler St., Tacoma. Go to metroparkstacoma.org.
Take the Point Defiance Plunge
If you’re at the Point Defiance boat launch, 5912 N. Waterfront Drive, for the Resolution Run, then stick around for the exciting and invigorating annual Polar Bear Plunge. Come out to join in the tradition or to just watch the fun. There will be a Cub Plunge at 11:30 a.m. for kids younger than 10, with the adult/family plunge at noon. Participants in the free plunge can warm up in heating tents and sip free hot drinks, plus get $3 off general admission to the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium and a commemorative event T-shirt or towel. For more information, go to metroparkstacoma.org.
Or, Leap into Long Lake
If you’re in the South Sound on New Year’s Day, check out the annual Polar Bear Plunge at Long Lake Park, 2790 Carpenter Road SE, Lacey. Join fellow enthusiasts for the annual tradition, plus enjoy campfires, music, hot cocoa and coffee. The plunge is at 1 p.m. If you’d rather stay dry, come out to cheer the participants. For more information, call 360-491-0857 or go online to ci.lacey.wa.us.
Fantasy Lights Finale
If you’re looking to enjoy holiday lights from the comfort of your car, you can still take in Fantasy Lights from 5:30-9 p.m. Friday (Jan. 1). It’s magical world of animations, lights and music at Spanaway Park, 14905 Bresemann Blvd. S., Spanaway. Admission is $14 per vehicle and $45 for bus with 25 or more passenger capacity.
Friday (Jan. 1) — Sunday
Last Nights for Zoo Lights
There’s still time to take in the spectacular Zoo Lights display at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, 5400 N. Pearl St., Tacoma. If you couldn’t make it before the holidays, this is the final weekend to view the colorful exhibits. Bundle up and stroll through the thousands of lights, check out the aquarium and kick off the New Year. Hours are 5-9 p.m. Friday (Jan. 1) through Sunday. Admission is $10 at the gate, free for kids 2 and younger.
Friday (Jan. 1) — Sunday (jan.10)
Party at the Plaza
Join the fun at Franciscan Polar Plaza in downtown Tacoma. In its fifth season, the open-air ice skating rink features special events throughout its run through Jan. 10. While you’re downtown also check out the museums and grab a bite from local food trucks at the rink. Hours are 4-10 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturdays and 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sundays through Jan. 10. Tickets are $8, $7 military and seniors, $4 for children 5 and younger; skate rentals are $2. For more information, go to polarplaza.com.
Monday — Tuesday
‘Moore’ Patti Smith
With a nod to her first album, “Horses,” Patti Smith honors the longevity and lasting influence of the album she recorded in 1975. Accompanied by two members of the original group, Lenny Kaye and Jay Dee Daugherty, and joined by Tony Shanahan, Smith brings her original works of rock and word back to the stage for two shows at The Moore Theatre, 1932 Second Ave., Seattle. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. Tickets are $32.50-$52.50 and are available online at stgpresents.org.