Santa’s on his way, and this year he’s taking a new route! A holiday tradition since 1995, the volunteers and staff of South Whidbey Fire/EMS will be visiting communities three nights on December 16, 18 and 20. A change this year is an extended stop at your new Bayview Station 36 on Monday night where you’ll have more time to take pics with Santa and check out the new fire station bay and apparatus.
Here’s the approximate schedule, but weather can be a factor, with updates posted on the department’s social media:

Monday, December 16
At 6 p.m., meet Santa and elves at the Payless Foods parking lot. At 6:15 p.m., the team travels to Honeymoon Bay Road, Chipshot Way, Antelope Drive, Spinnaker Drive, Honeymoon Bay Road, Sealawn Blvd., Haines Road, and Harbor Hills Drive. At approximately 7:30 p.m., come join Santa and the elves at the new Bayview Station 36.

Wednesday, December 18
At 6 p.m., meet Santa and elves at Bailey’s Corner Store parking lot. At 6:15 p.m., the team travels to: Blakely Avenue, Harper Street, Decatur Avenue, Casey Street, Guemes Avenue, Harper Street, San Juan Avenue, Hat Street, and Blakely Avenue; Haven Way, Meadow Lane, Lake Shore Drive, and Brook Street; and then Wintergreen Drive, Timberline Road (to Pineridge Lane). At approximately 8 p.m., join Santa and the elves at Ken’s Corner Red Apple.

Friday, December 20
At 6 p.m., meet Santa and elves at Clinton Foodmart. At 6:15 p.m., the team travels to: SR525, Cedar Vista Drive, Cedar Cove Lane, Shadowood Drive, and back to SR525; Tartan Way, Heather Drive, and Tartan Way; and then Ridenour Street, Hodges Avenue, and Herring Street. At approximately 7:30 p.m., join Santa and the elves on Second Street in Langley, behind the Star Store, in front of Callahan’s Firehouse.

South Whidbey Fire/EMS provides emergency services to 15,600 people over 66 square miles. The fire district has some full-time and part-time personnel but relies primarily on volunteers to respond to an average of 2,700 calls a year.