Santa Mobile

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Santa Mobile

santa-mobile-spotlightThanks to everyone who participated in the 2016 Santa Mobile tours of the streets. This year was an exceptionally trying year, we had torrential rains, ice, and even a little snow. Although this hampered the Santa Mobile from visiting as many neighborhoods as he would have liked to, it is obvious the weather did not affect the continued generosity of the community. Santa reported that cash donations totaled $1,520.00 and 111 boxes of food weighing 3,885 pounds were delivered to the Thurston County Food Bank. Thank you City of Tumwater for making such a positive difference.  

Every December, the Tumwater Fire Department operates a Santa Mobile for children in the area. For two or three weeks before Christmas, Santa drives an antique, open cab, fire engine down the streets of Tumwater. Along with a small crew of volunteer elves, Santa visits nearly every street – weather permitting – in the City in an effort to bring some holiday cheer to families in our community. Santa and the elves pass out candy canes, purchased and donated by the Fire Fighter’s Union, to children while playing an array of melodies from inside the fire engine. Santa and his elves also collect gifts food or money – all of which are delivered to the Thurston County Food Bank.

The Santa Mobile has been a long-standing tradition with the Tumwater Fire Department. We are proud to be part of this special community service.

What is the Santa Mobile schedule?

During the week, Santa and the Elves leave the Tumwater Fire Department North End station at 6:00 p.m. and are out until around 8 or 9:00 p.m. On the weekend, they leave at 4:00 p.m. and don’t return until 9:00 p.m. All scheduled outings are weather-dependent. With an open cab fire engine, there is no protection against rain, snow, or cold winds, so Santa and the elves do their best when faced when wintry weather conditions. But at times, it’s just impossible for them to get out.

Questions about the Santa Mobile or to volunteer to be one of Santa’s elves

Contact the Tumwater Fire Department at (360) 754-4170 or