BERLIN – Santa is in town early this week as part of the 11th annual Santa Express, run by Kensington Fire-Rescue.
“A lot people are doing bigger things this year at the houses,” said Amy Pajor, coordinator of the program. “Lots of families are getting together, one house had 15 to 20 kids.”
On Tuesday night, Santa rolled down Cedarwood Road in a fire truck covered in Christmas lights with Christmas music blaring through the speakers. It was the third stop of the night out of a dozen.
One parent at the house said the kids inside were watching through the window for Santa’s arrival.
The seasonal program started over a decade ago with less than 20 stops around town, Now in its 11th year, the Santa Express visits nearly 300 homes.
Often families throw parties with neighborhood kids to greet Santa.
“It’s just gotten so big,” Pajor said.
For a donation of $10 for the Kensington department, families were able to register their children in October to receive a gift from Santa in the fire truck. The sign-up line extended from the community center to the library up the hill.
In years past, registration was done at the fire house. Due to increased interest however, the fire house could no longer accommodate all the people.
The Santa Express also visited the tree lighting last month and a few businesses around town.
The program runs until Dec. 10.