Here Comes Santa - Clifton Style
Every year, for more than fifty, a small team of dedicated volunteers ride a decorated float through our city on Christmas Eve. Santa brings a small handful of helpers, lots of sirens and lights, and amplified music as they move through Clifton 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.
It takes many hours to cover the whole city as the float visits most of our many streets (narrow or dead-end roads are not possible) and they stop just once all night. Covering so many square miles means that they have to move at a brisk pace so listen for the music and sirens if you want to catch a glimpse!
Mayor Anzaldi shared the general route to help everyone plan their evening and know when to be on the lookout. So use this guide, keep your ears open, and good luck with your own Santa sighting!
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 we proceed back to the city garage to end the night.