Santa's Sleigh Coming to Town

This year's Santa tour, courtesy of the Department of Public Safety, is making stops from Dec. 3 through Dec. 11.

Santa is coming to town! This year, instead of visiting individual neighborhoods, the Department of Public Safety is visiting more central locations aimed at drawing the community out to partake in festivities.

Donations of new unwrapped toys will be accepted during these events, for our 2011 Christmas Toy Program, or can be delivered to any city facility. All toys collected will be distributed to local families within the Rohnert Park city limits. Here are the Santa Sleigh dates:

Saturday, Dec. 3: Santa will make an apprearance at the city's tree-lighting ceremony, held from 5 to 7 p.m. at City Center Plaza.

Sunday, Dec. 4: Santa is visiting the Community Center this Sunday, also from 5 to 7 p.m., located at 5409 Snyder Ln., at the intersection of Rohnert Park Expressway.

Saturday, Dec. 10: Santa is making a repeat appearance at City Center Plaza the following weekend. The sleigh will be at at the plaza, next to the Rohnert Park-Cotati Regional Library, from 5 to 7 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 11: Santa will be visiting the Community Center again. The community is invited to come out. Donations will be accepted, and residents will be able to take photos with Santa. The sleigh will be on site from 5 to 7 p.m.

Paul Lawson November 30, 2011 at 10:42 PM
Paul Lawson November 30, 2011 at 10:44 PM
Is Santa still making neighborhood visits? This is the best tradition RP has!! Thanks DPS!
Angela Hart December 01, 2011 at 01:46 AM
Paul, no this is their shortened schedule.
Kimmersz December 12, 2011 at 02:56 AM
Showed up at 6:30 p.m. tonight at the Community Center to avoid the crowds and was SO DISAPPOINTED to see the Santa Float was gone. This has been an annual tradition for our family for the past six years. I had the hardest time tracking down the new schedule and it's even more disappointing when they don't even stay for the times that they post. Times are tight, but come on, folks. We'll have to find another place to drop off our Toys For Tots donation now.
Paul Lawson December 13, 2011 at 01:39 AM
We were there til 5:45 pm last night, very thin crowd. On top of sitting with santa, my little guy got to sit in a fire truck AND wear a firefighters hat!! Sorry you missed the opportunity! Perhaps feedback like this will help next years program!?
Angela Hart December 13, 2011 at 01:41 AM
Thanks for your comments Paul and other readers. I've submitted an inquiry to Dan Adam, the city's fire marshal about next year's plans and what the outcome was for this year's event. I'll keep you posted when I hear back. Thanks, Angela.
Vincent Bunker December 17, 2011 at 02:59 AM
We look forward to the Santa Float in our neighborhood every year. I've lived in neighborhoods all over the Western United States and not one of them had this tradition. It's sad to see a unique tradition like this not take place this year. I hope the planners of next year's event consider bringing the Santa Float back to the neighborhoods.


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