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Melissa FD to host Santa run

Staff reports
Santa Claus adjusts his protective face shield between visits from children and their families  in Miami.

An extra special visitor is returning to Melissa this weekend. Santa Claus will team up with the Melissa Fire Department Dec. 18- 20 to visit as many local kids as possible.  The man of the season will ride atop the department’s brush truck while other firefighters accompany him on their engines.

“We obviously want Santa Claus to be so familiar with Melissa neighborhoods that he and his reindeer will not miss any of the city’s kids on Christmas Eve,” Interim Fire Chief Carl Nix said.

“Taking him from neighborhood to neighborhood and pointing out the different residential areas ensures that on Christmas Eve, his flying sled will make it to every Melissa home.” 

The Santa Run has become a treasured tradition for many Melissa residents. While COVID-19 forced the cancelations of the city’s annual breakfast with Santa, Melissa firefighters and old St. Nick himself weren’t about to let a little global pandemic ruin all the holiday cheer. To help families plan ahead, Santa has released an expected itinerary for his weekend trek across town.

Friday, Dec. 18 

6 p.m. - the Auburndale amenity center (Auburndale at Lexington)

6:30 p.m. – the Quarry (Canyon at Fieldstone) 

7 p.m. – the Hunters Ridge amenity center (Quail Creek Road)

7:30 p.m. – Country Ridge (Country Ridge Court at Country Ridge Road) 

8 p.m. - the Villages of Melissa amenity center (Kendall Road)

8:30 p.m. – the Villages of Melissa amenity center (Wysong Road)

Saturday, Dec. 19 

6 p.m. – Brookside (Brookside at Creek Haven)

6:30 p.m. Hunters Run (Hunters Run at Wolf Creek)

7 p.m. Magnolia Ridge (Magnolia Ridge at Robin Trail)

7: 30 p.m. Creek Crossing (Copperhead at Winchester)

8 p.m. – the North Creek amenities center (3100 Pecan)

 8:30 p.m. – the North Creek amenities center (Throckmorton)

Sunday, Dec. 20 

6 p.m. – Berry Hollow (Dew Berry Court at Thornberry)

6:30 p.m. – Trails of Melissa (Whispering Pines at Pinecrest)

7 p.m. – Enclave and Provisions Apartments (Clubhouse)

7:30 p.m. – the Liberty amenities center (Liberty Way at Revere)

8 p.m. – the park in Liberty (Republic at Capital)

8:30 p.m. – Liberty (Greenspace Circle on Jersey). 

Of course bad weather and real-life emergencies could affect Santa’s schedule. City officials also ask parents and guardians to please closely watch their young children and make sure that the excitement of Santa doesn’t cause them to stray into oncoming traffic.