SANTA MONICA—Santa Claus rides into town Saturday, December 10 to spread early holiday cheer. Santa will be cruising with local police officers and firefighters leading the 24th Annual “Candy Cane Drive.”

“Santa and his public safety helpers will be distributing good cheer and thousands of candy canes,” states a press release from the Santa Monica Police Department.

Mr. Claus and those accompanying him have a full day of spreading festive cheer with scheduled stops on Saturday, December 10 as follows:

10:30-11:00 a.m. – Douglas Park – California Avenue & 25th Street

11:15-11:45 a.m. – Christine Reed Park – California Avenue & 7th Street

12:00-12:30 p.m. – Third Street Promenade & Wilshire Blvd

1:45 – 2:15 p.m. – Virginia Avenue Park – 2200 Virginia Avenue

2:30 – 3:00 p.m. – Marine Park – Marine Avenue & 17th Street

3:15 – 3:45 p.m. Clover Park – Ocean Park Blvd. & 25th Street

Police officers and firefighters are encouraging children to look and listen for the lights and sirens of public safety vehicles present at Santa’s numerous stops. They are urging parents to bring cameras or have their cell phones available to snap pictures of their children with Santa and his public safety helpers.

For more information about the “Candy Cane Drive,” call the Santa Monica Police Department, Community Affairs Unit at (310) 458-8474 or email Lauralee Asch at