The first two weekends of the month will host many community activities for all ages.
The Holiday Market, in its third year, will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in downtown Puyallup.
“Ultimately, a lot of our consumers from the market wanted to buy locally,” said Shawn Edwards, the manager of the Puyallup Farmers’ Market. “It’s something we decided kind of on a wing and a prayer to try.”
The Holiday Market will be focused on gifts and decorations, and a few vendors will have food and holiday treats.
High Point Family Farms will have lamb or pork available. South Creek Farm’s herb also will have products in stock. A seasonal market will be located at the Pioneer Park Pavilion.
Puyallup’s Hometown Santa Parade will begin at 5 p.m. Saturday at the intersection of Main and Meridian, and it will head south in a loop that will end at Pioneer Park.
The parade is a large-scale production and can involve as many as 2,000 community members.
“The parade is always coordinated by Kiwanis Clubs and Key Clubs in Puyallup,” said Larry Bargmeyer, who works with parade logistics. “There’s close to 100 total. We haven’t had that many in the past.”
The grand marshal will be Ed Hume of Ed Hume Seeds, a Pacific Northwest company. Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts and youth in Camp Fire will be in the procession. The Sumner High School Band will be leading the parade.
Community members from “just barely able to walk to elected officials” will take part, Bargmeyer said.
Central Pierce Fire and Rescue will host Santa Claus on a fire engine at the end of the parade. The event is expected to last about an hour and will lead to a tree lighting ceremony at Pioneer Park. Santa will help light the tree, and then he’ll head to the Rotary Stage for photo opportunities.
Santa will return to the Pioneer Pavilion for a breakfast Dec. 14. The event will run from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Tickets are $16 for children 4 and older and $5 for those 2-3. Children 1 and younger can eat for free. Tickets can be purchased by calling 253-841-5457. They will not be available at the door.
The annual event has been produced for more than 10 years and consists of a full catered breakfast. Scrambled eggs, sausage, pancakes and other standard foods will be provided. The meal will be served about 9 a.m.
The pavilion will be adorned with fake snow, lit trees and other seasonal decorations. About 300 people attend each year, said Tyler Eidson, a recreation coordinator for the Puyallup Parks and Recreation Department.
Santa will interact with the guests at the breakfast. Legends Photography will be available for those who wish to purchase photos. Those who want to take their own pictures can bring a camera.Elsy Pawelak is a freelance reporter for the Herald.