Santa Claus made an early stop in View Royal last weekend

Santa, firefighters teaming up for West Shore tour

Local fire departments collecting for Goldstream Food Bank

Santa’s coming to town and he’s getting a special firefighter escort, as crews collect donations on behalf of the Goldstream Food Bank. But instead of jingle bells, Santa will announce his arrival with the help of sirens, so listen carefully and you should be able to hear him coming.

Santa will land in Highlands tomorrow (Dec. 10) starting at the East Fire Hall on Woodridge Place at 9:30 a.m. His east side tour winds up around 10:45 and after a quick lunch break, Santa will visit west side residents, starting at noon from the West Fire Hall on Millstream Road. He’ll finish up on River Road around 3 p.m. Firefighters invite all residents to meet Santa and note that treats will be available.

This Saturday (Dec. 17), Santa will be collecting non-perishable food donations with the View Royal Fire Rescue. Crews will be out from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. With Santa trying to see as many neighbourhoods as possible.

On Sunday (Dec. 18), Santa stops in Colwood, departing with his helpers from the Metchosin Road fire hall around 9 a.m. The group will make its way down as many streets as possible, finishing up at approximately 3 p.m. Organizers ask those who live on shorter streets or in strata complexes to gather on the nearest main street or road so as not to miss out. Like the other departments, Santa’s elves will be collecting donations for the Goldstream Food Bank.

With a little ingenuity and magic, Santa will also be having breakfast that Sunday at the Metchosin Fire Hall on Happy Valley Road from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Join volunteer firefighters and their special guest for pancakes, hot coffee/tea, hot chocolate and holiday crafts for the kids. And don’t forget to grab a photo with the big guy in the red suit.

If you know someone in Metchosin who would like to visit with Santa but can’t make the breakfast, call the fire department at 250-478-1307, as they may be able to make special arrangements.

Last but not least, Santa will make an appearance in Langford on Christmas Eve before heading out on his yearly trip around the world. He’ll be in the area at about 5:30 p.m. and will visit with firefighters from each of Langford’s three stations. Crews will depart from those stations and cover their surrounding neighbourhoods. Just listen for the sirens and Santa won’t be far behind.

katie@goldstreamgazette.com

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