Santa's Ride-Along

Published: 12/11/2023

The City of Riverside Fire Department is excited to announce the 26th 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.

Santa’s Ride-Along dates are December 11-14 & 19-21, 2023, 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 Ride Along End Park Locations:

December 11th Station 13 – Sycamore Highland Park; Station 12 – Rancho Loma Park

December 12th Station 9 – Castleview Park; Station 8 – La Sierra Park

December 13th Station 6 – Reid Park; Station 2 – Hunt Park

December 14th Station 3 – Shamel Park; Station 11 – Orange Terrace Park

December 19th Station 14 - Andulka Park; Station 5 – Nichols Park

December 20th Station 4 – Patterson Park; Station 7 – Bryant Park

December 21st Station 1 – Bonominio Park; Station 10 – Villegas Park


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