Thursday, November 28, 2013

Santa Claus is coming to town!

For the eighth year in a row, the Christmas season is bringing two “famous guests” to Maricopa, and once again local firefighters are helping them out!

This Friday at 6:00 pm, the Maricopa Fire Department will pick up Santa and his wife in one of their fire trucks and escort them safely to the “Southwest Pole” in Desert Cedars to kick off the “12 Days of Christmas with Mr and Mrs Claus”.

Richard and Linda Huggins, Maricopa residents since 2006, decorate their home each year for the City of Maricopa’s “Holiday Homes on Parade” event. As a bonus, the couple appear as the Clauses each weekend through the holiday season to hear what local kids hope to find under the tree come Christmas morning. Last year more than 1000 children visited over the 12 days.

The children of the community are invited to greet them as they arrive and let Santa know what’s on this year’s wish list! Can’t make it on Friday? Santa and the misses will be available every Friday, and Saturday night, from 6:00 to 9:00 pm, and Sunday night from 6:00 to 8:00 pm, through December 22nd.

What will it cost for your kids to sit on Santa’s lap? Only a non-perishable food item to be donated to F.O.R. Maricopa, or a toy item for the Maricopa Fire Department toy drive. A one-time single parent herself, Linda says “There is nothing worse than a parent having to worry at Christmas on ‘How am I going to be able to provide my child with a toy from Santa when I can’t afford it?’”

This year's sponsors include Orbitel Communications, H&N Landscaping, News of Maricopa, and Maricopa Pool & Spa.  Orbitel provides the Clauses' local website which can be found at

If you go:

Santa and Mrs Claus will be appearing every Friday and Saturday night from 6:00 to 9:00 pm, and Sunday night from 6:00 to 8:00 pm, through December 21st at their residence, 44267 West Cypress Lane, in Desert Cedars. Take John Wayne Parkway (SR347) south to Bowlin Road, turn left to Greythorn Drive, left again, then one block to Cypress. Turn right, go one block and look for the Christmas lights!

(Photos: Howard Waggner/Maricopa Community News)

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