Once again this year the Golden Fire Department has worked some magic to bring a special guest to town on Christmas Eve. This year Santa himself will be taking a break from travelling around the world to stop in Golden where he will take a break from his red sleigh to ride on a red truck. The annual Golden Fire Department Santa Claus Drive Around event will start at 6 p.m. on December 24. The truck will go up and down the streets (not the avenues) and will stop at the street corners where children will have the chance to see Santa and get a candy cane.
“All the lights will be on, there will be lots of noise coming from the air horns to make sure everyone will know we are coming on to that street.” said Lt. Eddie Leigan of the Golden Fire Services.
This event has been going on since Leigan was a child who came out to see Santa and the firefighters on Christmas Eve.
“I remember being a little child and doing this. I just remember seeing this big truck. It was very exciting for me,” he said.
The event is just another part of a busy Christmas season for the firefighters but it is an evening they look forward to every year.
“We will have Santa on the truck along with some of Santa’s helpers. To the firemen this means a great deal. As a firemen you just love to see kids smile. We are trying to make these kids happy and make Christmas special while serving the community,” Leigan said.
Golden Fire Chief Ken McClure is looking forward to the event and said “I think it is a really wonderful season and the firefighters are giving their time. People should come out and see Santa. I think it is a nice touch and it is a fun event. The firefighters feel this is very important and I do too. It is part of a nice thing of being in a small community. Santa will be spotted around Golden. It is a fun event and that is what it is all about. To have fun during the holidays..”