Fire Companies Present Santa Saturday, Sunday

If it seems like Santa Claus will be everywhere at once this weekend, well, it’s because he can be! You’ll find him, accompanied by volunteer firefighters and in some cases entertainment too, in local municipalities across western Montgomery, eastern Berks, and northern Chester counties.

Not all departments or companies are listed here. Some held their so-called “Santa runs” earlier during the month. Others are trying different methods to showcase Santa. Still others are not hosting Santa runs this year for a variety of reasons.

In Pottstown

Santa is due to arrive in Pottstown on Saturday (Dec. 18) at noon, thanks to the Pottstown Fire Department and its trucks, according to its Facebook page. The department said it will do its best to ensure Santa visits all parts of the borough.

In Lower Pottsgrove

The Sanatoga Fire Company will escort Santa on Saturday (Dec. 18) from 10 a.m. to roughly 3:30 p.m. across a lengthy list of locations found on its Facebook page. Find the list with times and locations here. A rain date of Sunday (Dec. 19) also has been set. The list of stops allows parents to plan for a convenient time for them and their children to see Santa, the company explained, rather than wait at home to hear sirens heralding his arrival. Candy canes will be given to children.

The Ringing Hill Fire Company shouted on Facebook that Santa will make his return to its coverage area also on Saturday (Dec. 18), starting at about 10 a.m. He’ll make his way around parts of Lower Pottsgrove “to make sure that everyone is being nice,” it stated. “Make sure to listen for the sirens” as he makes his way, volunteers added.

In Upper Pottsgrove

Upper Pottsgrove Township Fire Company said on Facebook it will escort Santa around the township on Saturday (Dec. 18) beginning from the fire house, 1409 Farmington Ave., at 9 a.m.

In Royersford

Santa’s back in Royersford on Saturday (Dec. 18) to join the Royersford Fire Department and “check in on all the last minute preparations” before his big night, according to the department’s website.

To let everyone in its coverage area know Santa’s in the borough, firetrucks and ambulances provide his escort. The department’s own elves plan to use the Glympse platform to supply Santa’s real-time locations, beginning at about mid-morning. Its team will make an effort to hit as many streets as possible, but asks that residents understand if it’s unable to “make it down a specific road.”

In North Coventry

The wholly volunteer Norco Fire Company, 144 W. Schuylkill Rd., will operate its Carnival of Lights entertainment through New Year’s Day (Jan. 1, 2022). The exhibit includes more than 250,000 holiday lights and figurines covering more than 11 acres of ground, with strollers accompanied by holiday music. A variety of food, games, and amusement rides are available, as is a holiday shopping marketplace filled with gift ideas.

The event will run nightly from 6-10 p.m. beginning Friday (Dec. 17), although hours may change subject to weather conditions. It will be closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day (Dec. 24 and 25). Tickets are available for purchase online through Eventbrite, here.

As a special treat, the fire company said it will end the year with a bang (actually, many of them) as it conducts a fireworks show Dec. 30 (Thursday) at the carnival.

In Gilbertsville

Three Gilbertsville Fire and Rescue Company trucks, all starting their routes on Sunday (Dec. 19) at 9 a.m., will magically put Santa in three different areas at once, the company said on its Facebook page.

Find your neighborhood in the company’s coverage areas on street lists for Route 1, here and here; Route 2, here and here; and Route 3, here.

For all three routes, the company urged residents to “keep your eyes and ears open as we make our way through the neighborhoods. Also, please keep in mind that the fire company is still in service to respond to emergencies throughout the event. This may create some delays to our schedule throughout the day.”

In New Hanover

Santa contacted the New Hanover Fire and Rescue Company, the company said on Facebook, “advising its chief that Santa and his helpers wanted to return again this year and ride the company’s white fire trucks.” His trip around the township is planned for Sunday (Dec. 19) from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

In Amity Township

Santa will join members of the Monarch Fire Company on Sunday (Dec. 19) beginning at 10 a.m. for a drive throughout the township during the day. A live GPS tracker will be turned on during the day, so residents can see where Santa can be found at any given time, its Facebook page reported. Residents also are encouraged to listen for its sirens.

In Oley

The Oley Fire Company will host a breakfast with Santa on Saturday (Dec. 18) from 9-11 a.m. at the Oley Fair Centre, its Facebook page reported. Tickets cost $10 for adults and can be purchased at the door. Children age 10 and younger eat for free. Raffle tickets also are available for prizes. For more information call 484-256-8008.

In Collegeville

Collegeville Fire Company volunteers will accompany Santa on Saturday (Dec. 18) beginning at 8 a.m. as he makes rounds to homes only in Collegeville Borough. Collegeville residents who hope for a visit must deliver a wrapped present bearing their child’s name and address in advance to the fire house at 29 E. 5th Ave.

Because the fire company is operating with only two trucks, it said it anticipates Santa’s deliveries may be slower than in past years. It cannot offer “promises they will be in a timely manner,” it added on Facebook.

After all presents are delivered Santa will take a break, it said, “and then mount up again and stop in areas of our coverage outside the borough to see the kids.”

In Upper Providence

It’s the last weekend to enjoy Upper Providence Township‘s “Woodland Wonderland” light display at Anderson Farm Park, 499 Hopwood Rd., Collegeville. The display is open Friday and Saturday (Dec. 17-18) from 5-8 p.m., and features live entertainment from a variety of community groups. Featured children’s characters available for visits Saturday will be Elsa and Olaf from Disney’s “Frozen” movies.

Advance registration is requested. Registration and tickets are available online, here.

In Lower Frederick

Santa will visit Schwenksville Borough on Saturday (Dec. 18) from 8-9 a.m., the Lower Frederick Fire Company‘s Facebook page said, on specific borough streets mapped here. For the safety of children and drivers, Santa will not stop on Main Street in the borough, it added.

Across the township, he’ll arrive from 9-10 a.m. in an area bordered in part by Game Farm Road and Gravel Pike, mapped here; from 10-11:30 a.m. in an area involving Little Road, Gravel Pike, and Salford Station Road, mapped here; and from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in an area bordered in part by Spring Mount and Clemmers Mill roads, and Main Street, mapped here.

Santa will “do his best to visit as many roads as possible,” but all times and areas indicated are “approximate,” the company noted.

In Upper Salford

The Upper Salford Volunteer Fire Company on Facebook said Santa will visit its coverage area residents on Saturday (Dec. 18) from about 11:15 a.m. to 3:55 p.m. along a list of 18 stops. Find its list with locations and times here.

The company will collect non-perishable food items for families in need. Those who can are encouraged to bring items to donate with them when visiting a Santa stop at its stated time.

In Harleysville

Foods will be collected for the Shepard Shelf Food Pantry on Saturday (Dec. 18), beginning at 9:30 a.m., as volunteers for the Harleysville Community Fire Company bring Santa through its coverage area, the company’s Facebook page said.

In addition to canned goods, the pantry is in need of baking supplies (sugar, flour, vanilla, and others), coffee, dish soap, strawberry jelly, diapers size 4 and 6, toothbrushes in single packs, toothpaste, deodorant, paper towels, and napkins, it said.

In Perkiomen

The Perkiomen Township Fire Company will drive Santa through the township Saturday (Dec. 18) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on one of its fire trucks. The company encourages residents in its coverage area to listen for the sirens, it said on Facebook.

In Upper Frederick

Members of the Upper Frederick Fire Company participated in a breakfast with Santa and its Christmas tree lighting earlier this month. A big day of the season, however, will be Saturday (Dec. 18) when it joins Plymouth Community Ambulance on its 12th annual Operation Toy Run, it said on Facebook. Their toy drive benefits Bryn Mawr Hospital and St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children.

Refreshments and portraits with Santa will be available Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the ambulance station, 902 Germantown Pike, Plymouth Meeting, representative Kristen Kovacs said. A procession of equipment carrying the toys will leave the station at 1 p.m.

Area residents still have time to donate a new, unwrapped toy to the drive, which ends Friday (Dec. 17). Toys may be dropped off at these local businesses during their regular hours:

  • Lords & Ladies, 646 Fagleysville Rd., Perkiomenville;
  • Upper Frederick Township Building, 3205 Big Rd., Zieglerville;
  • Upper Frederick Fire Company, 2837 Little Rd., Perkiomenville;
  • Country Chef’s Kitchen, 1446 Gravel Pike, Perkiomenville;
  • Straight Shooter’s, 1463 Gravel Pike, Perkiomenville; and
  • Union Jack’s Olde Congo Hotel, 373 Hoffmansville Rd., Barto.

In Phoenixville

The Phoenixville Fire Department will chauffeur Santa Claus around the borough Saturday (Dec. 18) beginning at 9 a.m., its Facebook page announced. A rain date also is scheduled, for Sunday (Dec. 19).

Santa will ride atop a fire engine, making plenty of noise as he visits borough neighborhoods. His tour will run throughout the day, until near dusk. Santa and his firefighting elves will deliver candy canes to children, and Santa will also have biscuits for dogs. Families should meet elves on the sidewalk or at the end of their driveways. Children may hand deliver a letter for Santa to one of his elves.

It’s possible that, using his special powers, Santa might be seen at opposite ends of the borough only minutes apart as he tries to thoroughly cover the area, volunteers said. And because Santa’s firefighting sleigh cannot safely make it down some smaller streets, residents may have to meet him at a cross street, they added. By the way, rely on social media to keep track of Santa’s whereabouts at any time during the day. Don’t call 9-1-1 or any other phone number, the department said.

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