Enumclaw packed with holiday events and activities

Tree lightings, Snow on Cole, pictures with Santa, and more are coming to Cole Street and the Enumclaw Expo Center.

The Enumclaw Business Owners Collective, the local Chamber of Commerce, and numerous other groups hope to pack Cole Street throughout the rest of November and most of December with myriad holiday and Christmas events.

Kicking off the season was the Nov. 11 Winter Stoke Block Party, hosted by the Chamber and the Crystal Mountain Resort, where people could start to gear up for the winter season and enjoy a roasted marshmallow while they were at it.

Then on Nov. 24 and 25, the Collective has organized a Small Business Shopping Holiday all day long.

Also on that Saturday, there will be be free photos (use your own device) with “The Mean One” at the Roaring Underground that Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m; a pop-up holiday market under the white Cole Street tent from 4 to 8 p.m., and the city of Enumclaw’s official tree lighting in front of city hall, starting at 5:30 p.m.

Following the tree lighting will be the first “Snow on Cole” event on the corner of Cole Street and Myrtle Avenue, organized by the Collective.

Snow on Cole will continue every Saturday until Christmas, starting at 6 p.m.

On Nov. 26, Mrs. Clause will be reading and helping kids with crafts, like making their own snow globes, under the white Cole Street tent, from 1 to 4 p.m.

On Dec. 1, there will be an Elvis Blue Christmas Concert and Craft Market under that white tent from 4 to 8 p.m.; The Mean One will be making an appearance for photo opportunities.

There will also be free professionally-taken photos with Santa at the Williams Ave. Real Estate office from 4 to 7 p.m.

The Chamber’s annual Christmas parade will start rolling down Cole Street at 6 p.m. on Dec. 2.

Off Cole Street is the Enucmlaw Expo Center’s annual Christmas Experience and Live Nativity on Dec. 9 (4 to 9 p.m.) and 10 (4 to 8 p.m.), where 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 enumclawexpo.com/p/events/hometown-holiday.

Santa will be at Puget Sound Draperies on Dec. 8, 9, and 10 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. with professional photographer Lauren Lilly. 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 laurenlilly8@gmail.com.com.

There will be a toy drive at the event; every toy donated gets your name entered into a raffle to win prizes from local businesses (you can also purchase raffle tickets as well). All money and toys will go to the Plateau Kids Network nonprofit.

Back on Cole Street is One Mean Christmas bar crawl, hosted by NW Magical Events, from 3 to 9 p.m. on Dec. 9, plus the Cole Street Christmas tree lighting and snow starting at 6 p.m.

There will be another tree lighting with snow on Dec. 16 and Dec. 23 at 6 p.m.; there will be an opportunity to grab photos with Santa at the former, and The Mean One at the Latter.

The Mean One will be also be at Headworks Brewery from noon to 4 p.m. on Dec. 16, and at The Roaring Underground at the same time on Dec. 23.