The Santa Monica Police Officers Association and Santa Monica Firefighters Local 1109 are partnering to bring Santa Monicans some much needed holiday cheer. For the last 25 years, public safety officials in Santa Monica have brought Santa to area parks as part of the annual Candy Cane Drive, this year some creativity was required to bring Santa and his helpers to locals.

This Saturday, December 19, Santa and his helpers will move from neighborhood to neighborhood so residents can come out, wave a socially distant hello and snap some photos while adhering to all public health guidelines including mask wearing and remaining physically distant from those not in their households.

“This year has been hard on all of us and I think we all take comfort in our traditions, we wanted to give folks a chance to safely indulge in the spirit of the holiday season. The Candy Cane Drive always brings a smile to faces young and old,” said Santa Monica Police Lieutenant Rudy Flores

This year Santa can be tracked at, https://bit.ly/SAMOSanta so people can avoid gathering or waiting for Santa’s arrival, an approximate schedule of the procession’s timing is below:

10 – 10:30 a.m.

Start on 23rd and Navy

North on 23rd – West on Ashland – South on 17th – West on Marine

North on 16th- West on Hill Street – South on 14th – West on Ashland – South on 11th – West on Marine West on Navy – Continue West across Lincoln – North on 7th

10:20 – 10:50 a.m.

West on Marine. – North on Main

East on Pico – South on 4th – East on Ocean Park- North on 6th

West on Hollister- South on 5th- East on Ocean Park

North on 11th- East on Pearl- North on 28th- East on Exposition

South on Warwick – West on Delaware – South on Stewart

West on Kansas- North on Cloverfield – West on Virginia- North on 20th – West on Delaware

North on 17th – West on Michigan- North on 11th

West on Broadway- North on Ocean Ave – East on Santa Monica Blvd

North on 5th – West on Wilshire

10:40 – 11:10 a.m.

North on Ocean – East on Montana – South on 4th. – East on California

North on Lincoln – East on Alta – South on 9th

East on Montana Ave – South on 17th

East on Washington- South on Chelsea- East on California

11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

South on 25th, West on Wilshire – North on Chelsea. – West on California- North on 20th

North on 20th. -West on Alta

North on Ocean- East on Marguerita

South on 26th – East on Washington

South on Stanford – East on Lipton – South on Centinela

West on Wilshire -South on 14th – East on Ocean Park

Return to North Pole

Overview map of Santa’s Route: https://bit.ly/SMSantaRoute

Rob Schwenker