Capital City Fire and Rescue confirmed on Monday that Santa Claus will be traveling aboard a CCFR fire truck in the downtown and Douglas areas on Friday, Dec. 20, and in the Auke Bay area on Saturday, Dec. 21.
The jolly old fellow, known to wear a red plush velvet suit, will be greeting all of the children of Juneau and perhaps passing out candy to those who made the “nice” list.
Old Saint Nick passed on the message to CCFR through his elves, who talked to CCFR Administrative Officer Victoria Godkin despite being on a very tight toy-making deadline.
The elves relayed the fact that the Friday event will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Tram, with the fire truck and firefighters then proceeding up to Franklin Street to Fourth Street, along Calhoun Avenue, down 12th Street to Glacier Avenue up Highlands Drive along Behrends Avenue, looping back to Glacier Avenue. At approximately 7:45 p.m., Santa will continue his route across the Juneau-Douglas Bridge up Cordova Street to Foster Avenue around the loop at Cedar Park, back down Cordova Street continuing to Douglas. Santa will arrive in Douglas and continue down Second Street to Saint Ann’s, looping back toward the middle of town on Fifth Street at approximately 8:30 p.m. There, the candy canes will be plentiful as Mr. Claus are planning on greeting all the boys and girls of Douglas.
The next day, Saturday, Dec. 21, Santa aboard the fire truck will begin his route in Auke Bay at about 4:30 p.m. The truck will depart the Auke Bay Fire Station then travel down to back loop road to Lake Shore Drive, Steelhead, Silver, Wren Drive and then onto Montana Creek Subdivisions. The truck will then return to back loop road, stopping at the All Season Subdivision.
“Ho, ho, ho! Merry Christmas to all!” the elves said in their best Santa voice, according to Godkin.
Known for their secrecy, the elves refused to comment on where the reindeer will be held during the time of the event. A glowing red nose, however, might give the undisclosed location away.
CCFR Chief Richard Etheridge said he couldn’t let Santa have all the fun — he’s going to be reading Christmas stories to all the children who attend the Christmas Open House at the Auke Bay Fire Station. The open house will take place from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 21.
• Contact reporter Emily Russo Miller at 523-2263 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Editor’s note: The above article has been updated to include information about the Santa on the Fire Truck in the downtown and Douglas areas. Additionally, a previous version of this article incorrectly stated the date that the Auke Bay Santa on the Fire Truck event will be held, based on misinformation from mischievous elves who said Saturday, Dec. 22 is an actual date. (It is not.) The event will be held on Saturday, Dec. 21.