At A Glance | December 2022

Santa runs, toy drives, Live Nativities, and the ever-popular Snow on Cole.

The monthly At A Glance community calendar is published once a month in the last edition of the month. To submit event items for the calendar, email


Dec. 2

Holiday Fantasy: Rainer Foothills Wellness Foundation’s biggest fundraiser event of the year is Dec. 2, started at 6 p.m. at the Thunder Dome Car Museum.

Money raised at this fundraiser accounts for as much at 30% of the nonprofit’s budget (the goal this year is about $70,600), which funds programs like hot meal deliveries for seniors, weekend backpack food programs for local students, free meal programs every Thursday, in-school mental health counseling, and more.

Tickets, which are $95 per person or $675 for a table of eight, are already sold out, but you can put yourself on a waitlist at

Dec. 3

Christmas Parade: Enumclaw’s 56th annual Christmas Parade will start rolling down Cole Street at 6 p.m.

If you haven’t already signed up, it’s too late — the parade is already totally full.

Dec. 4

Stocking stuffer bazaar: More than 30 vendors will be descending on the Buckley Fire Department on Dec. 4 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. to put on a hobby bazaar. In addition to crafts and Christmas decor, raffle tickets for various prizes will be sold to benefit the Buckley Firefighters Association.

Santa will also be appearing at the bazaar from noon to 2 p.m.

Enumclaw Santa Run: Santa will be partnering with the Enumclaw Fire Department to visit Enumclaw neighborhoods from Dec. 4 – 8, from 6 to 9 p.m. every night. Santa will be hanging out candy canes, but more importantly, he will be collecting new, unwrapped gifts and food for the Plateau Kids Network; donations go to local families in need of a little extra holiday spirit.

On Sunday, Ol’ St. Nick and his helpers in red will be hitting up homes in the south-east portion of Enumclaw, south of Roosevelt Avenue and east of state Route 410.

On Monday, the crew will be driving through neighborhoods between 244gh Avenue SE and Semanski Street.

Homes around Byron Kibler Elementary (between McHugh Ave. and Griffin Ave., west of Division St.) will be hearing fire sirens and hearty laughter on Tuesday.

The streets south of Griffin Avenue, east of Semanski Street will be filled with joy on Wednesday.

And finally, homes east of Division St., including downtown Enumclaw, will be visited by Santa on Thursday.

To track Santa, head to the Santa Run event page on Facebook for a live link.

Dec. 10

Pack The Truck: The Plateau Kids Network, which collects new, unwrapped gifts and food donations for local families in need of extra holiday cheer, is hosting its third annual Pack the Truck event at The Casting Iron on Dec. 10 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Santa will be setting up inside the restaurant/ax throwing venue for photos.

Hometown Christmas: The Black Diamond Historical Museum is hosting its annual Hometown Christmas on Dec. 10 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the museum. There will be train-themed treasure hunt with prizes, s’mores, activities with the King County Library System, and visits with Santa and Mrs. Clause.

There will also be a Christmas bazaar at the Black Diamond Elementary School from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Black Diamond Tree Lighting: Black Diamond’s Ten Trails is hosting its Christmas tree lighting event on Dec. 10 from 3 to 6 p.m.

The event starts out with carolers parading from the Welcome Center to the Village green from 3 to 5 p.m.

Santa arrives at 5 p.m., and the lights will be lit at 5:30.

There will also be a D.J., yard games, food and dessert trucks, and an ugly sweater contest.

Black Diamond’s Community Center is not organizing its own tree lighting this year.

“Ugly Sweater Christmas Party” Concert: The Cascade Foothills Chorale s hosting a “Ugly Sweater Christmas Party” holiday concert on Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 11 at 2:30 p.m. Both events will be hosted by Clavary Presbyterian Church. Tickets are $15, but children 12 and under can attend for free.

A Christmas Experience: The Enumclaw Expo Center is organizing a brand-new “Christmas Experience” on its grounds this year. On Dec. 10 (4 to 9 p.m.) and 11 (4 to 8 p.m.), visitors can walk around the grounds to enjoy Christmas lights; duck inside the Les Schwab Hall for photo shoots with Holiday Barbie, Buzz Lightyear, Ana and Elsa, Buddy the Elf, and Santa, enjoy story time with Ms. Claus and dance performances from Dance It Up, and make take-home crafts; or head to the Rocking Bar H Livestock Barn for an interactive Live Nativity walkthrough organized by Grace Point Church.

There will also be a gingerbread house lighting and caroling event each night at 6 p.m.

Tickets are $5 per person (ages 2 and under are free), and can be bought at

You can also buy VIP tickets for $50 total, which includes a 40-minute s’mores session at a fire pit for you and five guests.

Dec. 17

Caroling at Fill’s: Fill’s Growlers is hosting its second-annual Caroling Party on Dec. 2; First Track will be leading the carols on the front porch starting at 2 p.m. Make sure to dress warmly.


Snow on Cole: We might have got a small flurry of the real stuff last Monday, but you can plan on snow falling on Cole Street every Friday and Saturday from now through Jan. 28, 2023, so long as the weather holds.

The event, organized by the Enumclaw Business Owners Collective, is free to attend — grab a hot meal (or cold beer) and sit around a pit fire and enjoy the spectacle.

Rumor is, Santa may be occasionally visiting Cole Street during these events, so it’s best to come prepared and on your best behavior.

Brewskis with a Newsie: Come meet your local journalists on every first Wednesday of each month at Cole Street Brewery (1627 Cole Street, Enumclaw) from 5 to 6 p.m. This is an informal event where residents can pitch stories, fact-check articles, and talk shop. For more information, email or call 360-802-8220.

WIBIT Night: The Enumclaw Aquatic Center hosts WIBIT Night every first Saturday of the month, and features large, inflatable pool obstacle courses. Call 360-815-1188 to reserve your spot. Tickets for reservations are $7.75 an hour; drop-ins are $9 an hour.