Santa rides on a Cahaba Valley fire truck. (Contributed photo)

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Santa drops reindeer, gets fire truck

Published 1:29pm Wednesday, December 1, 2010

By AMY JONES / Associate Editor

NORTH SHELBY — Move over, Rudolph. Santa Claus will get a new ride Dec. 18.

That day, the Cahaba Valley Fire Department will drive Santa Claus around different neighborhoods for North Shelby families to see.

Cmdr. Grant Wilkinson said the fire department is looking forward to carrying on the tradition of driving Santa around.

“This is our way of letting our kids see Santa,” he said. “They always love to see Santa Claus come by, and we like to see their smiles. We’ve been doing it for about 20 years now.”

Although there’s only one Santa, he will have two routes to follow “through the magic of Santa,” Wilkinson said. One route will go from the north end of the fire district to the central part, and the other route will go from the center of the district to the southern end.

The routes will both start at 8 a.m. and will end around 4:30 p.m.

For more information, check the department’s website at or call the department at 991-5267.

Below is the schedule for the day. Wilkinson said the schedule could be affected by traffic, and the listed times are approximate.

Route No. 1:

8 a.m. — Kenley Way

8:20 a.m. — Colonial Village Inverness Rental Info Center

8:30 a.m. — Colonial Village Inverness Mail Boxes

8:40 a.m. — Cahaba Beach Road

8:55 a.m. — Beach Circle

9:10 a.m. — Edenton Street/Portabella Road

9:25 a.m. — Lenox Lane / Lenox Drive

9:40 a.m. — Cahaba Lakes Clubhouse

9:55 a.m. — Eagle Ridge Lane (The Hills of Brook Highland)

10:05 a.m. — Eagle Ridge Drive (Eagle Ridge Apartments)

10:20 a.m. — Eagle Ridge Drive (Eagle Ridge Townes)

10:35 a.m. — Meadow Drive (Club House)

10:50 a.m. — Brook Highland Lane (Mail Station)

11:05 a.m. — Stone Brook (All Streets)

11:25 a.m. — Magnolia Place

11:45 a.m. — Calumet Drive

Noon — Reindeer Rest Break

12:45 p.m. — Brook Highland (All Streets)

2:20 p.m. — The Narrows (All Streets)

4:15 p.m. — Forest Parks 280

Route No. 2:

8 a.m. — Turtle Lake Apartments

8:20 a.m. — Stone Crest Apartments

8:40 a.m. — Eagle Point

10:15 a.m. — Highland Lakes

1:15 p.m. — Reindeer Rest Break

1:45 p.m. — Aaronvale Circle

2 p.m. — Villa Belvedere/Belvedere Cove

2:20 p.m. — Regent Park

2:35 p.m. — Highland Village Trail

2:50 p.m. — Mt. Laurel

3:30 p.m. — Mt. Laurel Park

3:50 p.m. — Old Dunnavant Valley Road

4:05 p.m. — Dunnavant Place/Birch Creek II

4:35 p.m. — Birch Creek

  • southtowngirl

    This would be funny if it weren’t so sad.

    First – the headline shouts to us that there are no reindeer on this trip …. yet we are taking a ‘reindeer break’ on both routes.

    Which brings us to the second problem …. One Santa (because after all, there is only one Santa for the whole world, right?) is running Two routes simultaneously. Thank goodness most ‘Santa-aged’ children will not be reading the Shelby Country Reporter.

    (In all fairness I’m sure it’s more the CVFD who has created the issue than the SCR.) But me being me, I couldn’t help but point it out.

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