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Major route changes in store this year
It's that time of year again. Santa Around Town, one of Deer Park's most cherished and anticipated Christmas traditions is Dec. 15-18 from 6 to 9:30 p.m. each night.
This year marks the 26th year the Deer Park Volunteer Fire Department has escorted Santa Claus through the city's neighborhoods. DPVFD Chief Greg Bridges said this year also marks major changes to Santa's ride and route through the city. Earlier this year, DPVFD purchased new fire trucks and placed its older apparatus out of service. Among these vehicles was the truck where Santa's sleigh was mounted.
"When we put the sleigh on the truck, we would damage the truck," DPVFD Chief Greg Bridges said, explaining the event at a recent Rotary Club meeting. "These trucks cost more than $700,000, so we have to be a lot more careful with them because budgets are tighter."
This year, Santa's sleigh will be mounted on a trailer and pulled through the streets of Deer Park. Like years past, the sleigh will be lit and Santa will throw candy while holiday favorites announce his presence.
Unfortunately, because Santa will travel on a trailer-mounted sleigh, he will not be able to visit every street like he has in the past. "It will be impossible to go down dead-end streets," Bridges said. Also, streets that have a large number of vehicles parked in the street may be impassable for Santa's sleigh.
DPVFD recommend residents and their guests to limit their street parking and try not to park vehicles directly across from each other on the streets. Doing so will make Santa's tour much easier.
Streets that have already been deemed impassable for the tour include mostly dead-end streets without cul-de-sacs. However, DPVFD said Santa still wants to see those children. Residents who live on streets are urged to find the nearest street that Santa will visit. The streets most affected are: Amanda Lane, Bayou Bend, Fairfax, Frances (east side), Grace (east side), Haley's Comet, Helen Drive (1100 to 1200 block), Janell Rene', Mark, Mesa Verde, Pearl, Walnut Court, Whatley and Z-Z Lane.
Residents can find what night Santa will visit their street or the nearest passable street by clicking here.
For more information, contact the DPVFD at 281-478-7285.