Not even the coronavirus can stop Santa from visiting the Plateau.
As usual, Old Saint Nick will be driving through the Enumclaw and Buckley communities in early December to greet children and collect toys and food donations for local families in need.
Santa will be social distancing, of course (he can’t get sick before Christmas), but here’s where and when you can meet up with him in your local neighborhood:
Santa will be starting off the 2020 holiday season across the river in Buckley on Dec. 7.
Starting at 6 p.m. and going through 8:30 p.m., he’ll be heading down, in order, Naches Street, Second Street, Third Street, Fourth Street, Cascade Street, Edith Street, Norma Street, Fulton Street, Hatch Street, the Meadowbrook mobile home park, Rosewood Drive and Rosewood Court, Park Place Manor, Park Avenue., Mountain Circle, Fourth Avenue, Dundass Avenue, Balm Avenue, Main Street (west of SR 410), Mason Avenue (west of 410), and Jefferson Ave, (also west of 410), Hinkleman Road, Hinkleman Extension, and Wheeler Avenue.
On Dec. 8, Santa will continue his Buckley tour starting at 6 p.m. on 112th Street (from Ryan Road to Mundy-Loss), River Avenue (from A Street to Ryan Road), Pearl Street, Mill Street, Perkins Street, Division Street, Cedar Street, Cottage Street, Ashley Court, A Street, Jefferson Ave (from SR 410 to A Street), Mountainview Avenue, Ryan Road (from River Avenue to Spiketon Road), Mason Avenue, Spiketon Road (from Ryan Road to the bottom of the hill) and White River Meadows.
Buckley’s east side will be seeing Santa on Dec. 9, starting at 6 p.m. as he travels on B Street, C Street, D Street, Rainier Street, Elsa Street, Monte Vista Street, Spruce Street, Shamrock Court, Hamilton Court, Hamilton Place, Franklin Street, Mason Avenue (from A Street to Collins Road), and Collins Road (from Rainier Street to Shamrock Court).
Buckley’s Copperwynd neighborhood is the first to see Santa on Dec. 10 at 6 p.m., followed by Whitmore Way, Heather Lane, Sergeant Street, Mellish Place, View Place, Collins Road (from Main Street to McNeely Street), McNeely Street, and finally, Fieldcrest Place.
On Dec. 11, Southeast Buckley is next on Santa’s list, starting at 6 p.m. on Ryan Road (from Spiketon to Levesque) to Rose Place, Bevlo Street, Sheets Street, Klink Street, the Rainier State School, Shay Estates, Perkins Prairie, and Elk Heights.
Santa ends his Buckley tour Dec. 12 by visiting the town of Wilkeson, starting at 6 p.m.
Santa will be making his rounds through Enumclaw on five consecutive nights, Dec. 8-12, each from 6 to 9 p.m.
The first night he and his fire department helpers will visit neighborhoods generally north of Griffin Avenue and south of McHugh; on Dec. 9, he’ll be in the heart of town, east of Semanski and mostly north and west of SR 410; on Dec. 12 he’ll be on the west side of town; Dec. 11 will see the Santa run in the northeastern part of town; and, on the final day, the crew will be in neighborhoods east of 410 and nestled between the highway and Warner Avenue.
Santa can be tracked at www.facebook.com/EnumclawFire beginning Dec. 8.
Fugate Ford and their volunteers, following the fire trucks, will be accepting new, unwrapped toys/gifts and nonperishable food from the community. If community members are more comfortable they can set out donations in garbage bags, clearly marked TOY & FOOD DRIVE and volunteers will pick them up on their way by. All volunteers will be adhering to safety guidelines. All donations will go to local families in-need this Christmas through the Enumclaw Holiday Helping Hands program.
The Enumclaw Fire Department is also a toy and food collection site for the Enumclaw Holiday Helping Hands, a Christmas gift and charity program. The program enrolls in-need families, identified through the Enumclaw School District and sent an enrollment letter just after Thanksgiving. If the families choose to participate, they will have the opportunity to receive a holiday food basket, a local grocery store gift card and be able to “shop” for gifts for each child (up to 18 years of age) in their household. This year the distribution event will be held at the Enumclaw Expo Center on Dec. 19 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. All volunteers with the program and participating families will be adhering to the COVID safety guidelines.
Families are offered local resources for immediate and pressing need requests. Families who are not registered in the Enumclaw School District but live within the boundaries may be eligible to enroll. Those in need can contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 253-350-2263.