Bundle Up - Santa is Coming and It's Going to be COLD

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Tomorrow's forecast is a chilly one, with temperatures expected to plummet into the single digits! For most of us, that means we'll be staying inside where it's warm. But for some very dedicated volunteers, the show must go on and Santa is set to ride!

 For more than half a century Clifton has been graced with a much-anticipated Christmas Eve tradition - Santa's ride through the city on Christmas Eve. Santa, along with a small handful of helpers, rides through the city on a decorated float with sirens, lights, and Christmas music spreading holiday cheer. For many Clifton residents this is a tradition that they grew up with and are now sharing with their own children or grandchildren. For newcomers to our city, this year's ride could be the start of an exciting new tradition.

It takes many hours to cover the whole, sprawling city as the float visits most of our many streets (narrow or dead-end roads are not possible for the float to navigate) and they have only one planned stop for the night. Covering so many square miles - this year in near-zero temps - means that they have to move at a brisk pace so listen for the music and sirens if you want to catch a glimpse before Santa "ho ho ho's" out of sight!

Last year Mayor Anzaldi shared the general route they take to help everyone plan their evening and know when to be on the lookout. So use this guide, follow along on Clifton News and Community where neighbors will be updating a post to track Santa's movements, keep your ears open, and good luck with your own Santa sighting! 

Santa's Ride:

The Santa float on Christmas Eve begins around 3 PM from E. 7th St. (the DPW garage).

He proceeds to Lakeview Avenue, then to Hamilton Avenue towards the Botany section, then he goes towards Clifton Center towards the Dutch Hill section.

Santa then completes the entire Clifton Center section through the area of Luddington Avenue.

He then proceeds to Clifton Avenue towards Colfax and then goes to the Oakridge section off of the Clifton extension and heads back for the only stop at City Hall.

From there Santa proceeds to the Athenia section and then towards Rosemawr/Delawanna.

Following that he goes towards the Knollwood Development and after that, the Allwood and Richfield sections.

Santa then goes to Broad Street towards Montclair Heights.

Following Montclair Heights he goes to Maple Valley towards the Albion section and does the entire section from Van Houten to the Paterson line.

Then he heads to Hazel Road to the Middle Village/West Lakeview area and then to the Piaget Avenue area back to Lakeview and all the streets off of Lakeview Avenue to East 1st.

Finally Santa and the other volunteers proceed back to the city garage to end the night.



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