Santa to spread Christmas cheer aboard fire truck in Beaumont

Santa and some helpers greet each vehicle at the drive-thru Soboba Christmas Party, Saturday, Dec. 12, making sure each child receives a present. Valley News/Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians photo

BEAUMONT (CNS) – Old Saint Nick will park his sleigh and hop aboard a
fire truck Saturday Dec. 11 in Beaumont for an 18-mile goodwill tour through the city,
with a police escort.

“Operation Santa” will be the second part of the city’s annual
Holiday Light Parade, slated for 5 p.m., beginning at the intersection of
Beaumont Avenue and 10th Street.

The parade will feature uniquely decorated floats and golf carts, marching bands and a number of civic organizations sporting their holiday spirit, according to organizers. Operation Santa will start as soon as the parade concludes at the Beaumont Civic Center.

The jolly bearded man will board a fire engine, with police patrol
units in front and behind, and make a circuit through numerous residential
areas, including along Oak Valley Parkway, Orange Avenue, Trevino Trail, Harmon
Heights and the Sicily neighborhood.

The goal is to spread some holiday cheer and give children a chance to visit with Kris Kringle while meeting some of the city’s public safety officials. Santa’s journey will be announced with lights and sirens and will include brief stops. More information, including a live map of the journey, will be available at Copyright 2021, City News Service, Inc.