For the fourth year in a row, Santa will be appearing in Radcliff neighborhoods, forgoing his reindeer driven sleigh to ride on a fire truck.
“This year has been rough on everyone and we all need our spirits lifted a little,” Radcliff Fire Department Chief Jamie Henderson said. “Many people have had to alter their holiday traditions and won’t be able to visit their families or even spend time with their friends.”
The Santa tour will maintain normalcy and Henderson said it’s important in the “roller coaster of a year” 2020 has been.
“People look forward to seeing the fire truck decked out with Christmas lights and music playing as it rolls down their street, elves and Santa waving and smiling and tossing candy,” Henderson said. “It has become a tradition that families look forward to, and we want to maintain that tradition for them and for us.”
He said it takes Santa several hours to complete the routes each night.
Dates and routes for each night can be found on the Radcliff Fire Department and City of Radcliff Government pages on Facebook.
“Routes are posted in advance as well as each night before we leave the station,” Henderson said. “We leave at 6 p.m. on each of our scheduled nights.”
There’s also a Santa tracker link posted to Facebook each night that tracks the GPS locations in real time for families to know exactly when Santa will appear in their neighborhood.
“Seeing how people react to the truck and Santa is by far the best part for our firefighters on the truck,” Henderson said. “Seeing a child’s eyes wide with wonder and a big smile spread across their face as it’s pressed up against the window, a group of siblings running out the front door in their pajamas yelling out their greetings and Christmas wishes to Santa, elderly couples with their arms around each other waving from the front porch, young parents with babies perched on their hips who are mesmerized by the sights and sounds of their first Christmas — those are the moments that warm our hearts and make it all worth it.”
Henderson said the people they encounter bring the firefighters just as much Christmas spirit as they bring to them.
“We know how lucky we are to live in a city full of wonderful people who consistently show us their appreciation and support,” he said. “We are thankful for the opportunity to give back and share some holiday joy and connect with them in this special way.”
To continue the Christmas spirit, the City of Radcliff is hosting a house decorating contest. Homes will be judged most traditional, most creative and best use of lights.
Lights must be on Dec. 14-18 and the winner will be announced Dec. 21.