Castaic Lions Club Santa Float Spreads Christmas Joy – Hometown Resort | KHTS FM 98.1 & AM 1220 – Radio Santa Clarita

The children of Castaic can once again experience the magic of the season in December with Santa Claus and his sleigh coming to visit their neighborhoods, thanks to the help of a local charity.

For 35 years, the Castaic Lions Club has helped Santa visit the neighborhoods of Castaic in a nine-night event on a brightly colored float, giving children of all ages the opportunity to tell him what they are want for the holidays, to receive a candy cane and take a picture with the man himself.

“What we do is take our Santa Float to different neighborhoods each night. Each night consists of about eight to 10 stops. We give the kids the opportunity to go see Santa and him. say whatever they want for Christmas. We’re also having a food drive, and it goes to different Castaic families who are in need, “said Louie Diaz, president of Santa Float.

Each evening is sponsored by a different local organization, the Monday float running through the streets of Castaic with the help of volunteers from KHTS Radio, who provided the music throughout the evening.

Santa’s arrival is first announced by a music truck that airs Christmas classics, letting families know it’s time to go out and see Santa, before St. Nick himself arrives. , accompanied by an escort of the local sheriff’s deputies.

Then the kids can line up to see Santa, where the elves can check to see if Santa is ready – and make sure he knows their names – before they go to make their gift requests.

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“A lot of the parents we see nowadays were once kids who were on the chariot, and now they’re bringing their kids there,” Diaz said. “So it’s really cool to come out and see all the lives that this tank has affected and the joy it brings to Castaic. “

Father Christmas for the first time, the president of the local Santa Clarita nonprofit grocery store, Bradley Grose, listened intently to the wishes of children throughout the night, from infants as few months old to near-adults guiding their younger siblings.

“What an unexpected joy to visit the children of Castaic this year. All these wonderful kids, ”said Grose. “None of them were on my list for smut, and the majority were added to my list as Santa’s helpers in the years to come. “

Many children asked for popular toys, such as LOL dolls or a Playstation 5, while others asked for world peace or a puppy. A few embraced the spirit of the holiday season and also gave gifts to Santa, including a bag of popcorn and a Coors Light.

Gifts given to Santa Claus during the Castaic Santa Float

“My message this year was’ I want to share something with you, how important it is for you to never let the pleasure leave your heart. That when the pleasure leaves you, the joy of living becomes hard. But if you can have fun in your toughest times, when you’re growing up and life gets tough, this is the 3 letter word FUN. ‘ They all responded with the same response – “Santa Claus – thank you – I promise to never let the fun escape my heart” “

Although the COVID-19 pandemic has put the event on hold for the 2020 holiday season, the event is now in full swing, spreading Christmas cheer and collecting food donations for the needy through December 12. .

“Deck the Halls, Joy to the World, Hark the Herald Angels Sing. Christmas time is now here! Merry Christmas Santa Clarita, ”said Grose.

To see the route maps and evening hours of the Castaic Santa Float, click here.

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