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Harker Heights Evening Star
Harker Heights Evening Star

Santa will visit Harker Heights

Santa will visit Harker Heights

Sara Escobar

Evening Star

Children all over the world will be anticipating Santa’s arrival on Christmas Eve. Those in Harker Heights and the surrounding areas will have the opportunity to see the jolly fellow in the flesh before he embarks on his worldwide journey. Santa will wave to those who gather to see him throughout the streets of Harker Heights.

“We petitioned the North Pole and they kindly agreed to let us escort Saint Nicholas in a fire truck,” said Andrew Latimer, the administrative assistant at the Harker Heights Fire Department. The annual tradition is more than 30-years-old, and never fails to bring a smile to children’s faces.

Designated routes have already been drawn and are adjusted yearly due to the growth of the city. This year, there are three separate routes. Due to Santa’s busy schedule on Christmas Eve and the growing commitment the Fire Department has to local residents to provide emergency service, Santa will be unable to drive down every street in town. In an effort to ensure everyone has an opportunity to see and visit Santa, he has agreed to several stops throughout the area.

The truck will leave the Central Fire Station around 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 24. The stops will include Harker Heights Elementary School, 726 S. Ann Blvd, H-E-B, located at the intersection of Central Texas Expressway and Indian Trail, Harker Heights High School, 1001 FM 2410, and Union Grove Middle School, 101 E Iowa Drive. Santa and his escorts will gradually make their way through the designated neighborhoods; times will vary from street to street.

“The only reason the one of the routes might be interrupted would be due to one of the units being dispatched to the scene of an emergency. Once their work is complete, they will rejoin the route.” Said Latimer. The HHFP expresses their gratitude for everyone’s excitement and patience to see Santa, and encourages anyone who can bring their kids for a wonderful time. Follow the HHFD on Facebook for the latest updates and maps of Santa’s route.  For any questions, or would like a copy of Santa’ route, call 254 699 2688.

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