East Pierce Santa Runs begin Sunday

East Pierce Fire and Rescue firefighters will accompany Santa during his annual visit to local neighborhoods in Bonney Lake, Sumner, Lake Tapps, Prairie Ridge, South Prairie, Wilkeson, Edgewood and Milton.

"This is such a fun event," East Pierce Firefighter James Parke said. "It really puts us all in the Christmas spirit."

Parke is coordinating Santa’s visit again this year.

Firefighters, who volunteer their time for this event, will also be collecting donations for local food banks.

Santa’s visit is sponsored by the International Association of Firefighters Local No. 3520 with assistance from the East Pierce Volunteer Firefighters’ Association.

Look for the fire engines in these neighborhoods:

Dec. 4, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.: Jenks Park, Tacoma Point, Skyline Estates, Quiet Waters, Inlet Island, Cedar View, White River Estates and Spring Haven;

Dec. 11, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.: Sky Island, Willow Brook, Falling Water, Rhododendron Park, Prairie Ridge, Timber Ridge, Russelwood, Sunset Meadows and Mountain Creek;

Dec. 16, 5:30 to 8 p.m.: Towns of South Prairie and Wilkeson, plus the Sierra neighborhood; and

Dec. 17, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.: City of Sumner.

Maps of the exact routes can be found at

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