Santa Claus will be ditching his sleigh and hopping aboard a fire truck as he takes his annual ride through the Ocean Pines community on Saturday, Nov. 30 beginning at 5:30 p.m.
This year’s ride will coincide with the annual “A Hometown Christmas” tree lighting ceremony in White Horse Park on 235 Ocean Parkway, scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m.
“We are excited to partner with the Ocean Pines Volunteer Fire Department to get the magic of the holidays underway,” Recreation and Parks Program Supervisor Debbie Donahue said.
Santa will depart from the northside fire station and begin his cruise at the north gate entrance of Ocean Pines, traveling south on Ocean Parkway to Points Reach. He will then turn around and head north up the parkway to White Horse Park, just in time for the tree lighting.
Once he arrives at the park, Santa’s ceremonial duties will include lighting the large Christmas tree in the White Horse Park Pavilion and greeting visitors in his little house.
Santa’s parade down the parkway couldn’t have happened without the help of some community elves.
“It is a fire department tradition to have Santa cruise the parkway for all the children to see. We are thankful that they allowed us to combine events, so that Santa gets to his house in time for the tree lighting ceremony and the start of the holiday season,” Donahue said.
In addition to Santa’s visit, the tree lighting ceremony will feature dozens of Christmas trees decorated by area businesses, organizations and individuals; musical performances by local choirs; and hot chocolate. The winner of this year’s “Pup of the Pines” photo contest will also be announced.
The event is free and open to the public.
For more information, contact the Recreation and Parks Department at 410-641-7052.