Santa arrives by fire truck to spread holiday cheer

Santa Claus arrived early for Christmas at the Airport Park Saturday, traveling on board a fire engine rather than his more regular reindeer sleigh transport. For more than 30 years, the Kiwanis have been hosting ‘Santa’s Landing,’ ensuring that there are gifts galore for local children. - Photo: Jewel Levy

Santa Claus arrived on Saturday on a big red fire truck with lights flashing and siren going to the delight of children waiting to greet him at the Airport Park.

Santa and his elves made their way into the park and dozens of excited children ran to meet him as parents formed long lines with smaller kids to receive gifts.

While enjoying all the fun activities, people had the chance to choose hamburgers and hot dogs, snow cones and cotton candy, as well as lots of drinks and popcorn, before Santa and his helpers handed out books, candies and presents to the children. There was also an activity corner with face painting and games.

For more than 30 years, the Kiwanis have been bringing Santa’s Landing to the Airport Park. The Cayman Islands Fire Service, in a joint venture with the Kiwanis, has long been a supporter of the festive event.

Children line up to get balloons during Santa’s visit at the Airport Park. – Photo: Jewel Levy

At the park, a team of local firefighters, with their big red truck parked on the roadside, kept everything running smoothly, taking time out of their day to spread a little holiday joy. They were in charge of cooking hamburgers and hot dogs and making sure everyone had enough to eat and drink.

Fire Service sub-officer Roy Charlton said the fire department officers enjoyed bringing Christmas cheer to the children.

The firefighters have also been making special trips in certain neighborhoods to deliver gifts and candies to children.

“We have sponsors who, over the years, have given either monetary donations or cut costs on goods so that these children can have a merry Christmas,” Mr. Charlton said.

 

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