Murrieta ‘Santa Stops’ program for the holidays revived by slim Council vote

Ron Holliday, left, placed the topic of bringing back the Santa Stops program to Murrieta on the Aug. 1 council meeting agenda. Valley News/Courtesy photo
Murrieta’s traditional Santa’s Stops program with its neighborhood stops, choirs, food collections and visits from Santa Claus, was revived the upcoming holiday season with the needed help of hundreds of residents and city businesses, and with the approval of the City Council.The Santa Stops program, a unique tradition during the holiday season for the residents of Murrieta for many years was halted during the COVID-19 pandemic and only partially returned in 2022, without the neighborhood Santa visits because of the lack of proper transportation, increasing costs and city staff limitations.The decision to bring back the traditional Santa Stops program was first sought by a growing number of local residents and Murrieta Council member Ron Holliday who had it placed on the Tuesda
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