Long after the Christmas decorations strung along a Radcliff Fire Department truck are put away for the year, Chief Jamie Henderson routinely will be asked if Santa Claus, aboard a fire truck, again will roll through many of the city streets.
“We get asked that a lot, really,” he said. “That’s good. People like what we do.”
For the fourth straight year, the department’s Santa Tour, with Christmas music and sirens blaring around town, will be part of the festive season in Radcliff.
It all begins Friday.
“We try to amp it up every year and do something a little different,” Henderson said. This year, Santa Claus is riding in the back of a truck in a makeshift chimney.
Also, letters to Santa Claus are being accepted at the Radcliff Fire Department and some will be read by Santa during the tour on a Facebook Live feed, he said.
The tour, held every Friday and Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m. through Dec. 21, with the exception of Dec. 7, starts this week at Eagle Pass and then onto Dixie, Redmar and then Wingard and many other areas. The complete list of streets and days of the Santa Tour is on the Radcliff Fire Department Facebook page.
“This is something people seem to really look forward to,” Henderson said. “It’s getting bigger and bigger every year. We’ll have people ask us in the summer if we’re going to have it.”
Henderson got the idea from the Zoneton Fire Department in Bullitt County in which a fire truck, decorated in lights with Santa Claus aboard, drives through city streets to a welcoming community.
Candy, donated by Walmart, is tossed to those waiting to get a glimpse of December’s most famous visitor, Henderson said.
Henderson said there are no rain dates this year so if a night is rained out, it won’t be rescheduled.
“Santa has a tight schedule this year,” he said.
Henderson said he’s appreciative of the effort from his department, many family members and volunteers, who made the truck look festive and who help bring some joy to the community.
“It’s pretty much all volunteer,” he said of the tour.
Residents can keep up with Santa’s whereabouts on Santa Tour on the department and city’s Facebook page as the ride is tracked live.
“It gives people a chance to see where we’re at,” he said, “if they don’t hear us coming.”