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Santa Rides Rescheduled Due to Bad Weather

This week was a washout for Santa Rides in Palm Harbor!

Storms and rainy evenings caused Santa to cancel his neighborhood visits on the Palm Harbor Fire Rescue truck Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings this week.

But, Santa's gonna give it another try. Our pals at Palm Harbor Fire Rescue say Santa's visits have been rescheduled for next week. Santa is also going to visit the areas that were missed during his rides Dec. 3 and 5.

Here's a look at the updated schedule-

  • Thursday, Dec. 13: Santa will visit the areas that were missed on Dec. 3 and 5 (neighborhoods south of Tampa Rd. to Curlew Rd., between U.S 19. and Alt. 19 and neighborhoods east of U.S. 19, north of Tampa Rd. to Lake Tarpon Dr.)
  • Monday, Dec. 17: Santa Ride originally scheduled for Monday, Dec. 10 (Neighborhoods north of Alderman Rd., west of U.S. 19, except Crystal Beach, Baywood Village, Indian Bluff Island, Enniswood, Autumn Woods, Beacon Villas, Dove Hollow E., Glen Eagles, Dove Hollow W. and Fox Hunt Drive)
  • Tuesday, Dec. 18: Santa Ride originally scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 11 (Old Palm Harbor, north of Nebraska Ave. between Alt. 19 and U.S. 19 from Tampa Rd. to Nebraska Ave.)
  • Thursday, Dec. 20: Santa Ride originally scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 12 (Crystal Beach and Ozona)

Tips for from Palm Harbor Fire Rescue for when Santa visits your neighborhood-

  • Please keep in mind that Santa's truck attempts to stay on main streets where turning around is not an issue. 
  • Santa's truck does not drive on dead-end streets, or cul-de-sacs. This is for safety reasons.
  • The Santa Ride will begin at 6 p.m. each night and generally finishes between 8 to 8:30 p.m. with cookies and hot chocolate at Station 66 - 1123 Illinois Ave. in Palm Harbor.
  • The times listed are approximate and depend on several variables.

Thanks to Palm Harbor Fire Rescue for providing this information.

Heather Mac December 13, 2012 at 01:54 PM
I know one little boy in eniswood that is going to be so excited!!! :-) Rain rain go away.
Sunde Farquhar December 13, 2012 at 02:11 PM
Yay! Glad to hear it, Heather! Hope you have fun. FYI, If you happen to take photos, you are welcome to upload them onto Palm Harbor Patch. By the way, I'm crossing my fingers it does not rain as well! I went out each night this week, hoping to photograph Santa on the truck ;)
Karen December 13, 2012 at 02:19 PM
You put that Santa will be in Crystal Beach Wednesday the 20th is he coming on Wednesday or the 20th? The 20th is on a Thursday.
Sunde Farquhar December 13, 2012 at 02:31 PM
Hi Karen! Thanks for pointing that out. Santa will be in Crystal Beach on Thursday the 20th, I changed the story to reflect this. Have fun during his visit :) You are also welcome to upload any photos you take on Patch, we'd love to see them!
Bendooti Vuncannon December 19, 2012 at 02:01 AM
Green Valley Rd. I waited on the sidewalk over an hour Dec 11 and Dec 18. No Santa this year!

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