Santa Run Takes Over Vienna Neighborhoods
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Santa Run Takes Over Vienna Neighborhoods

Antique fire truck brings Santa and his elves to Vienna streets in annual tradition.

Santa and his elves prepare for the night ride through Vienna on Dec. 10, the second Santa Run of the day. The Santa Run is an annual tradition run by the Vienna Volunteer Fire Department; volunteers brave the frigid temperatures to ensure Vienna children meet Santa in-person.

Santa and his elves prepare for the night ride through Vienna on Dec. 10, the second Santa Run of the day. The Santa Run is an annual tradition run by the Vienna Volunteer Fire Department; volunteers brave the frigid temperatures to ensure Vienna children meet Santa in-person. Photo by Matt Jones/Vienna Volunteer Fire Department

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As the first night-time Santa Run begins, Santa himself waves to his friends at the Vienna Volunteer Fire Department station house.

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Honorary firefighter Bill Sonntag joins Santa at the helm of the antique fire truck cruising through Vienna neighborhoods on Dec. 10.

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The first 2016 Santa Run night-ride through Vienna began on Dec. 10.

It’s December ... it’s cold and blustery; it’s dark late afternoon … it’s time for the Vienna Volunteer Fire Department’s annual one-week Santa Run through the streets of Vienna. Ten shifts manned by Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, and a team of elves direct from the North Pole brave frigid temps even as their faces freeze as the wind slaps their cheeks.


Santa Run Schedule

[SE​ Vienna and NW1 between Lawyers Road and W&OD completed]

• Thursday, Dec 15, 5 p.m. - SW1, between Park and Hillcrest;

• Friday, Dec 16, 5 p.m. - NE1, between W&OD and Beulah;

• Saturday, Dec 17, 1 p.m. - NW2, west of Madison HS and Laywers;

• Monday, Dec 19, 5 p.m. - NE2, east of Beulah. See map at http://vvfd.org/s....

Write to Santa at santa@vvfd.org. A very hip Santa has his own Twitter account, too: @vvfdsanta.

Follow him and his touring fire truck as he rides through Vienna on Twitter, on the Glympse app (which his designated driver activates as Santa begins his runs), or at Santa’s temporary-home page, http://vvfd.org/s....

As the 1946 antique fire truck makes its way through neighborhoods, its sirens blare, holiday music booms, and bells jingle-a-lingle, announcing its arrival. Santa waves as he rides — to cars honking a greeting, to children and their parents running out to the curb, to grandmas and grandpas — perhaps, remembering the childhoods of their own grown children — standing outside their doorways, smiling, and to landscapers and construction workers happy to see Santa in person. Even family dogs race around their yards — presumably, in glee — as the siren neared.

As children race outside their homes, the fire truck stops, the elves — dressed in fire gear — jump off to give the children candy canes, and Santa leans over the side of the truck, waving. Chief Elf Adam Searle recommends that children come to the curb as soon as their parents hear the sirens and music on the street.

Write to Santa at santa@vvfd.org. A very hip Santa has his own Twitter account, too: @vvfdsanta.

Follow him and his touring fire truck as he rides through Vienna on Twitter, on the Glympse app (which his designated driver activates as Santa begins his runs), or at Santa’s temporary-home page, http://vvfd.org/santa.html. Weather, mechanical issues, or immediacy at the North Pole, may prompt a deviation from Santa’s run schedule.

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The annual all-volunteer Vienna Volunteer Fire Department Santa Run kicked off on Saturday, Dec. 10, at 1 p.m. Santa and his elves traveled to Vienna to visit the community’s neighborhoods filled with good boys and girls and grandparents. On the kick-off run were driver Matt Jones, Chief Elf Adam Searle, elf-in-training Chris Jones, 7, Luisa Schwarzott, Lauren Colon, Victoria Thai, and Cameron Davis. A jolly man-in-red stood perched aboard his antique fire truck.

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Children and their parents run to the curb to meet Santa in-person as North Pole elves hand out candy canes.

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Believers of all ages run outside to greet Santa as he rides through Vienna-area neighborhoods.

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Dogs aren’t the only living creatures chasing fire trucks; parents with their young children in their cars do as well, sometimes. When the elves became aware that a mom was trying to catch up to the Santa ride, Santa had the fire truck stop and wait. An elf jumped off and made the children inside the car happy.

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A young boy rivals Santa in holiday dress. Many parents used their cell phone cameras to immortalize the moment.

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Elf-in-training, Chris Jones, 7, takes pointers from North Pole Santa Run driver, Matt Jones — who, coincidentally, is Chris’s dad.