The Santa Monica Police Officers Association and Santa Monica Firefighters Local 1109 have welcomed Santa to town for decades and this year the organizations escorted St. Nick through town as part of a holiday parade.

The event brought some much needed holiday chee and continued a 25 year tradition. In past 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 and determination was required to bring St. Nick to locals while staying pandemic-safe.

On Saturday, December 11, Santa and his helpers moved from neighborhood to neighborhood so residents could come out, wave a socially distant hello and snap some photos. Many planned to meet the parade at a specific location while other residents were pleasantly surprised by the commotion.

“This has been a year of recovery and it’s comforting to see our traditions begin to return. The Candy Cane Drive always brings a smile to faces young and old,” said Santa Monica Police Lieutenant Rudy Flores

Matthew Hall

Matthew Hall has a Masters Degree in International Journalism from City University in London and has been Editor-in-Chief of SMDP since 2014. Prior to working at SMDP he managed a chain of weekly papers...