At A Glance | December 2023

Donate some toys to the Plateau Kids Network and watch the upcoming Christmas Parade!

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The Plateau Kids Networks’ Helping Hands toy and food drive is happening now through Dec. 10 to help hundreds of local kids celebrate the holidays. You can drop off your donations at the Enumclaw Fire Department, Fugate Ford, Grocery Outlet, and Works Sports & Outdoors, or numerous other local businesses. For more information on what to donate, head to


The Enumclaw Business Owners Collective holds special events on Cole Street almost every weekend, closing it to traffic. Here’s what’s happening this month.

Snow on Cole: Every Saturday until Christmas, snow will fall on Cole Street starting at 6 p.m.

Elvis Blue Christmas Concert and Craft Market: A live concert and craft market will pop up under the Cole Street/Stevenson Avenue white tent on Dec. 1 from 4 to 8 p.m.; you can also get professionally-taken photos with Santa at the Williams Ave. Real Estate office from 4 to 7 p.m.

Tree lightings: The large tree on Cole Street will have lighting ceremonies and snowfall on Dec. 9, 16, and 23, starting at 6 p.m.; there will also be opportunities to take photos with Santa on the 16th or “The Mean One” on the 23rd at these events with your own device.


Dec. 1

• Holiday Fantasy: Tickets for the Rainier Foothills Wellness Foundation’s annual Holiday Fantasy fundraiser are going fast. The fundraiser helps build support approximately 40% of the nonprofit’s annual budget. The event will be held on Dec. 1 at the Thunder Dome Car Museum, starting at 6 p.m. Tickets are $95 for individuals, and includes appitizers, dinner, and champagne; note that tickets for groups and presenting sponsors are sold out.

Dec. 2

• Santa Parade: The Enumclaw Chamber of Commerce’s annual Santa Parade is Dec. 2, and will start rolling down Cole Street at 6 p.m.

Dec. 3

• Santa Run: The big man himself will be joining the Enumclaw Fire Department on Dec. 3 through 7 as they drive through various Enumclaw neighborhoods from 6 to 9 p.m. During the Run, families can donate new toys and nonperishable food donations for the Plateau Kids Network’s Helping Hands event. Santa and firefighters will be in southeast Enumclaw on Dec. 3; southwest on Dec. 4; south and middle Dec. 5; north Dec. 6; and northeast on Dec. 7. For more information and a map of which neighborhoods Santa will be visiting each day, head to

• Wilkeson Tree Lighting: The town of Wilkeson is hosting a tree lighting on Dec, 1 from 3 to 5 p.m.

• Gateway Band concert: A free concert put on by the Gateway Band will be hosted at the Enumclaw High School auditorium on Dec. 3 (2 p.m.) and 4 (7:15 p.m.). The title of the event is “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year”. For more information, head to

Dec. 8

• Photos with Santa: Local professional photographer Lauren Lilly will be taking photos with jully Ol’ Saint Nick at Puget Sound Draperies on Dec. 8, 9, and 10 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. This is not a free session, and package information will be available at the event. Walk-ins are accepted, but you can also contact Lilly for a slot at 253-797-3188 or Don’t forget to bring a toy or canned food donation for the Plateau Kids Network’s Helping Hands event, and in exchange, get a raffle ticket for prizes from local businesses.

Dec. 9

• A Christmas Experience: The Enumclaw Expo Center’s annual Christmas Experience kicks off Dec. 9 (4 to 9 p.m.) and 10 (4 to 8 p.m.). There will be opportunities for photos with Santa and other winter-related friends, Christmas carolers, story time with Mrs. Clause and myriad other activities for kids, and — of course — the walk-through Live Nativity, hosted by Gracepoint NW. General admission for the event is $10, $5 for children ages 4 to 12, and $8 for seniors.There is also an $85 VIP fire pit package for five people, which includes a s’mores kit. Buy tickets at

• One Mean Christmas: MN Magical Events is hosting its annual One Mean Christmas bar crawl on Dec. 9 from 3 to 9 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to dress in their Christmas best (or worst) to win prizes, participate in the scavenger hunt, or get photos with The Mean One himself. Tickets are $20 online at or $30 on the day at the will-call door; online ticket sales end Dec. 8.

• Hometown Holiday: Black Diamond’s Ten Trails neighborhood is hosting a Hometown Holiday from 3 to 6 p.m. The free event features carolers, live reindeer, an ugly sweater contest, food and dessert trucks, a live Dj and yard games. Santa arrives at 5 p.m., and the tree lighting is at 5:30 p.m.

Dec. 16

• Fill’s Caroling: Fill’s Growlers is hosting its third-annual Caroling Night on Dec. 16 starting at 5 p.m.; there will be carols, drinks, and cheer ‚ just make sure you bring something warm to wear.

• Holiday Market: Black Diamond’s Ten Trails neighborhood is hosting a Holiday Pop-up Market on Dec. 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with local vendors and a food truck at the Welcome Center.

Dec. 31

• New Year’s Bash: The Simple Goodness Sisters in Wilkeson is hosting a family-friendly New Year’s Eve party on Dec. 31 from 6 to 8 p.m., with a count down at 7:30 p.m. Tickets to the event are $25, and includes noisemakers and kid and adult toasts. Tickets can be bought at


Cancer Support Group: The Plateau Prostate Cancer Support Group, which is open to everyone diagnosed with any cancer and their loved ones, is meeting at the Enumclaw airport every second Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m.

Plateau Scottish Country Dancing: The Plateau Scottish Country Dancers are continuing weekly classes on Monday nights. We meet from 7-9 pm at the Danish Hall (1708 Porter St., Enumclaw). Cost is $5 per person and a partner is not required. Dances are taught according to the skill level of those attending, so beginners are always welcome. Scottish Country Dancing is a centuries-old tradition reflecting the music and culture of Scotland. It’s great exercise and a lot of fun. For more information call 360-825-6572 or go to

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.

Coffee with the Mayor: Coffee with the mayor of Enumclaw is held at City Hall on every first Monday of the month (Tuesday if it is on a holiday) from 9 to 10 a.m. This is a casual session for citizens to meet with Mayor Jan Molinaro to discuss issues, concerns, and projects.