Santa Claus touched down in Mount Shasta and toured the city streets on Friday and Saturday night, Dec. 15 and 16, with Mrs. Claus, Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph, the Grinch, and Santa’s Elves.
With help from the Mount Shasta Fire and Police Departments, Santa Claus was escorted with flashing lights and sirens.
Santa’s helpers placed stopping points around the city to let the children know he was coming to town.
In all, Santa was accompanied by more than 20 helpers each night who helped escort children to their sleigh.
With Christmas music in the air, each child had a turn to walk onto the sleigh, sit on Santa’s lap, and share what they wanted for Christmas.
“We are up here for the holidays from the Bay Area, and I had no idea how awesome this was,” said Leslie Smith. “Santa’s sleigh and fire trucks look great.”
One of Santa’s elves said the turnout of children was amazing this year. “There are so many children coming to see Santa this year! It is so cool to see the community come together and really get into the spirit of the holidays,” the elf said.
As the sleigh toured through Mount Shasta, some homes prepared cookies and hot chocolate for Santa and the elves. Santa thanked them with a “Ho-ho ho! Merry Christmas!”
Mount Shasta Fire Department Chief Matt Melo said, “I want to thank all of those that helped to make this event special. To the volunteers, those who donated, and those organizations that helped host our Santa’s Sleigh donation boxes, thank you so much.”