CANADA (CNN) – Santa will not make his traditional run through a Canadian town this year thanks to some new rules that ban nighttime parades.
“This is the first time in 65 years that we haven’t been able to go around with Santa on our truck to visit. The residents of our area. It’s canceled.”
The 64-year-old tradition has come to an end.
CBRM’s new rules are not only eliminating night-time parades, but it also applies to Santa visiting communities on a fire truck at night.
Scotchtown’s fire chief says people are upset.
“Elderly people, people with disabilities and stuff at least they can get to see Santa. We go around with candy canes we have firefighters if someone can make it out onto their patio, but they can’t get to the truck. We up the driveway with a couple of candy canes and a Merry Christmas and it is very festive. It’s enjoyed by our residents.”
The new rules also require a parade permit for Santa to ride on the fire truck.
Scotchtown fire chief says they don’t have enough volunteers because most work during the daytime.
“Santa is no longer coming. And how do you explain that to a child? The other people i feel bad for the firefighters they love it. They love seeing the kids’ faces.”
The local councilor says it’s a sad day for her community.
And feels the CBRM should’ve done a better job.
“Santa doesn’t deserve the blame for this. But you know the blame belongs to the decision makers. A further consultation i believe should have taken place.”
Fire departments also need permission from the traffic authority to have Santa visit the community.
The police say they would like to meet with the department to come up with a plan to help save the tradition.
“Have a discussion with the traffic section with the traffic sergeant. We can go through points and maybe come up with some solutions that would satisfy everyone.”
The fire chief says they have another plan in the works to bring Santa to their community.
(This story was originally published on Nov. 19, 2019)