Record file — Santa and his elves sing Christmas carols in front of the crowd at Maple Ridge Assisted Living in 2016.

Record file — Santa and his elves sing Christmas carols in front of the crowd at Maple Ridge Assisted Living in 2016.

Santa has new route on South Whidbey

Santa Claus is coming to town once again, but this year he’ll have a different itinerary.

A holiday tradition since 1995, Santa visits South Whidbey families on his vehicle — a fire engine-turned sleigh.

Volunteers from South Whidbey Fire/EMS will join Santa on his tour across the South End, visiting communities on the nights of Dec. 11, 13 and 15.

The sleigh can be heard from afar; residents just have to listen for the Christmas music and sirens.

Santa’s route begins at 6 p.m. each night. Below are his routes.

MONDAY, DEC. 11: Begin at Honeymoon Bay Road, then Chipshot Way, Antelope Drive, Spinnaker Drive, Sealawn Boulevard, Haines Road, and Harbor Hills Drive.

At 6:30 p.m., the sleigh stops and parks at the Payless Foods parking lot. Santa continues to Bayview Road, Delphi Drive, April Drive, Hi Crest Road, Mercer Drive, Lakeview Way, Island Way, Hi Crest Drive.

The final stop is at the Goose Grocery Store parking lot at 7:45 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 13: Begin at Bailey Road, Scatchet Head Road, Swede Hill Road, Blakely Avenue, Harper Street, Decatur Avenue, Casey Street, Guemes Avenue, Harper Street, San Juan Avenue, Hat Street, Blakely Avenue.

At 7 p.m. the sleigh stops and parks at Bailey’s Corner Store. He continues to Deer Lake, Wintergreen Drive, Timberline Road, and Wintergreen Drive. Santa stops and parks at Ken’s Corner Red Apple at 7:50 p.m.

FRIDAY, DEC 15: Begin parked at the Clinton Foodmart at 6 p.m. The crew continues on to Cedar Vista Drive, Cedar Cove Lane, Shadowood Drive, Campbell Road, Tartan Way, Heather Drive, Ridenour Street, Hodges Avenue and Herring Street.

Santa and his helpers stop and park at the Star Store at 7:50 p.m.

• Visit www.swfe.org for more information.

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