Many helped Santa's sleigh slide through Mt. Shasta

Giovanni Lamanna
Santa and Mrs. Claus during their visit to Mt. Shasta in mid-December 2018.

When Santa came to Mt. Shasta Dec. 14 and 15, Mr. and Mrs. Claus were escorted by Mount Shasta Fire Department and Elves through the City streets. Rudolph and the other reindeer led the sleigh.

The elves, Mount Shasta Fire Department, and Mr. and Mrs. Claus gave candy to everyone that they could.

Sirens blazing and lights flashing, Santa made multiple stops throughout the town. Santa stopped and asked the children of Mount Shasta what they wanted for Christmas.

With a bellow and a merry “Ho-ho-ho,” Santa slid to each stop in Mount Shasta.

Santa has a tradition of coming to Mount Shasta – the tradition goes back decades.

Mount Shasta Fire Department wants to thank all of the families and children that came out to see Santa on his tour. In addition, the department wants to thank all volunteers and participants that made the Santa’s Sleigh tour possible.

Santa’s sleigh history

The following article by Dorothy Barnett was published in the Dec. 17, 1953 Mount Shasta Herald under the headline: “Santa Claus will be here on float Tuesday night”

By Dorothy Barnett

Word has been received from the North Pole that Santa Claus will arrive for his tour of Mount Shasta Tuesday night, December 22nd. He will leave the armory at 6 p.m.

Candy, oranges and apples will be handed to the children by Santa and his elves at each stop.

Santa’s location will be announced from time to time over station KWSD through the courtesy of the station and the ham radio club.

The tradition behind the Christmas Float in Mount Shasta began in 1937, when things were not so plentiful and the firemen put in many hours mending old discarded toys for the needy children of the community.

The next year, they put the little red boxes that you still see in the stores today and gave the children a free show and candy as well as toys to the needy.

This practice continued until 1941, at which time they dropped their mending and repairing of old toys but continued their free show and candy for the youngsters.

In 1945, with lights bright and sirens blowing the firemen paraded the streets with their first Christmas float which was made on “Lulubelle,” the departments 1913 Model T fire truck.

That first float had a sleigh and two reindeer and over all was about 24 feet long. It has grown each year until now we have one 44 feet long with all the reindeer and lead by Rudolph with his flashing nose.

Mount Shasta Post 5288 Veterans of Foreign Wars is proud indeed to help the firemen carry on this fine tradition and thanks all the business men, organizations and individuals who have helped them to do it.