25th Annual City of Riverside Fire Department Santa’s Ride-Along

Published: 12/07/2022


The City of Riverside Fire Department is excited to announce the 25th annual Santa's Ride-Along. The program is a cooperative effort between the City of Riverside Fire Department and the Riverside City Firefighters Association Local 1067 (RCFA 1067). 

The fire engine will travel slowly through the neighborhoods with lights and intermittent siren sounding and stop in specific areas along the route. The Santa Ride-Along will end at an assigned city park between 7:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. nightly where Santa and the Firefighters will be available for a meet and greet and photos. 

The ride-along will begin December 15, 2022 and run through December 21, 2022 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. daily. Two stations per night will be escorting Santa through their neighborhoods.

Fire Engines will remain in service and “Santa” will respond with the unit if they get an emergency call for service. If Santa is not at the designated park by 7:30 p.m., Santa is assisting the City of Riverside Fire Department with an emergency response and will not be able to make the designated park time. There will be no make-ups due to inclement weather or emergency responses.


Santa Ride-Along Schedule, Routes, Assigned Units, and Park Locations:

December 15th – Station 02 (Hunt Park) and Station 06 (Reid Park)

December 16th – Station 12 (Harrison Park) and Station 13 (Sycamore Highlands Park) 

December 17th –  Station 03 (Shamel Park) and Station 11 (Orange Terrace Park) 

December 18th – Station 08 (La Sierra Park) and Station 09 (Castleview Park)

December 19th – Station 05 (Nichols Park) and Station 14 (Andulka Park)

December 20th –  Station 01 (Ryan Bonaminio Park) and Station 10 (Villegas Park)

December 21st – Station 04 (Patterson Park) and Station 07 (Bryant Park)

The program distributes nearly 4,000 candy canes throughout the city.