Enumclaw’s annual holiday parade is going to look a little different than this year — but organizers are hoping it’s going to be a bigger, better event than ever.
It’s being called the Hometown Holiday, said Enumclaw Chamber of Commerce’s Events Director Kerry Solmonsen, and it’s being held Dec. 4, 5, and 6 from 5 to 9 p.m.
“Hometown Holiday is a new and innovative way to celebrate the holidays in our beautiful small town without standing shoulder to shoulder at a parade we are not allowed to have,” Solmonsen said. “I know there is great sadness surrounding the lack of the parade — we understand all those feelings. However, it would be unethical of us to produce a parade. Also illegal.”
Instead of floats driving down Cole Street, Hometown Holiday is going to feature static displays at the Enumclaw Expo Center for families to enjoy from their vehicles as they drive through.
“Think Zoo Lights, only you’re driving in your car,” Solmonsen said, adding that the Expo Center has been working to “Christmas the grounds — there’s going to be lights, there’s going to be a live Nativity, there’s going to be ballet, there’s going to be Santa, [and] there’s going to be a toy and food drive for local families in need.”
Tickets to Hometown Holiday are $10, and can be bought on the Enumclaw Expo Center’s website at https://www.enumclawexpo.com/event-info/hometown-holiday or at the Expo Center. It’s advised you buy your ticket and arrive early — 8:30 p.m. is when the last car will be allowed to enter the line.
A regular “drive-through” ticket is good for any night of the event. However, you can upgrade your ticket to a VIP Package for $35, which includes getting your own special parking area and 40 minutes of roasting s’mores over a fire pit for up to six people.
“Marshmallows, roasting sticks, Hershey’s Milk Chocolate, Reese’s Cups and Peppermint Bark along with a hot cup of cocoa are included in the package,” The Expo’s website reads. “Afterwards, you and your group will return to your auto and will be directed to a entrance to by-pass the rest of the line of cars, to go immediately into the drive thru.”
VIP tickets are time-specific, so make sure you pay special attention to when you buy yours.
STILL TIME TO SHOW OFF YOUR DISPLAY
There’s still time to register a display for the Hometown Holiday event.
“We will take exhibitors up until Thanksgiving,” Solmonsen said. “The only requirements are that the displays are lit. Christmas lights required. You do not have to stay there — it’s a static display and does not need to be manned.”
Displays are to be set up Dec. 2 and 3.
Entry fees are $65 for displays 50 feet or less, and an additional $20 for each additional 25 feet, with a maximum of 100 feet.
In order to register, head to the Enumclaw Chamber’s webpage at www.enumclawchamber.com/events/54th-annual-chamber-christmas-parade-51?book=1607130000.
For more information, contact Solmonsen at 360-825-7666 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.