Santa to tour in Waynedale neighborhoods next month

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (ADAMS) – Santa is coming in person to visit the families of Waynedale, a Fort Wayne community next month.

But this year, to let his 9 reindeer rest up for the big Christmas night, he’ll be riding through the community on a Christmas Trolley. On December 19 from 1pm – 4pm, Santa and Mrs. Claus will slowly make their way through most of the Waynedale neighborhoods to give a wave to all good boys and girls.

Event organizers released the following:

To spread Christmas cheer, in light of current events and the lack of safe holiday activities, Camille Garrison and Alex Cornwell say they designed this event for children to safely see Santa and experience the magic of Christmas that only Jolly Old Saint Nick can bring.

“It’s a tradition for kids to see Santa.” Alex Cornwell continued, “Families have made many concessions to stay safe from COVID-19, but Camille and I wanted to make sure seeing Santa wasn’t one of them. For many, Santa stands for hope and fond memories that inspire the child inside all of us. We felt that this year, our community needs all of those things to stay positive and to bring joy to the season.”

Santa will be driving through the following neighborhoods on December 19 (at the approximate times): Indian Village (1pm); Sand Point & Belle Vista (1:20pm), Old Trail (1:35pm), Southwest Waynedale (1:50pm), Avalon (2:30pm), Lake Shores West & Lakewood (2:50pm), Lakeshores East & Winterset (3:15pm). Santa has chosen the roads that would be the most convenient for families to see him from their front windows or step out of their homes to cheer him on as he rides by. Residents can find the event on Facebook for more details and a map of Santa’s route.

Organizers recommend families bundle-up, mask-up, socially distance from other families and to stay safe while waiting for Santa. Times for Santa’s drive-by are approximate within about 15-20 minutes. Adults are required to accompany children who should stay on sidewalks (away from road) and should not approach the trolley and recommend being aware and careful of all traffic as the roads will have active traffic other than Santa’s Trolley. And if you appreciate events like this, give our sponsors your thanks by using their services and donating to preserve the newspaper’s longevity and positive action in the area.