The route for the 7th annual Firefighter Christmas Eve Santa Run has been set.
It'll be a bit different this year because of COVID-19, but every Cochranite will have the opportunity to see the big guy.
Firefighter Dave Levisky says "This year we're going to start at 4. So the exciting part of that is it'll be when the sun sets, so the trucks will be well lit up and Santa will be on top of the firetruck."
"We won't be doing any stops this year, but we've extended the length of runs through the communities. We're trying to hit the main roads in each community."
Levisky says they're hoping everyone who wants to see Santa will be able to just step outside their home or take a short walk to go see him.
"By going through all the main routes we're hoping people will have a short walk to those main routes and watch Santa go by, and then start your Christmas Eve."
He says they'll have three firetrucks on hand in addition to RCMP and EMS vehicles.
For the last couple of years they did accept donations for the Cochrane Food Bank, but because of COVID-19 restrictions they are not making any stops and are not able to accept donations this year.
The 2020 Firefighter Christmas Eve Santa Run route:
BOW RIDGE / JUMPING POUND : 4:00 - 4:15
George Fox Trail to Jumping Pound Common to the full loop of Jumping Pound Terrace then back on George Fox and out.
FIRESIDE : 4:20 - 4:45
Starting at Fireside Traffic Circle South on Fireside Blvd, West on Fireside Drive, down and around Emberside Glen/Hollow, East on Fireside Drive, North on Fireside Parkway, to Fireside School, Left at Fireside School then North on Fireside Link, around the entire Fireside Place loop, back down Fireside Link the East on Fireside Way and out.
WILLOWS : 4:55 - 5:05
Willow Gate around the big traffic circle, South on Willow Green Way (By the Park), East on Willow Park to small traffic circle and North on Willow Drive
RIDGEVIEW : 5:05 - 5:10
To Ridge View Close around the loop and out.
RIVER HEIGHTS 5:10 - 5:25
West on River Heights Crescent around the full loop THEN West on River Heights Green around the full loop to the Park and out.
RIVIERA 5:30 - 5:45
Down Riviera Way, around the traffic circle to the very end of Riviera Way, Down Riviera View, then down Riviera Crescent and out.
JACK TENNENT MEMORIAL BRIDGE 5:45
Down James Walker Trail (By Precedence) over Jack Tennent Memorial Bridge, down Griffen Road to Petro-Canada, South on River Ave.
RIVERVIEW 5:50 - 6:00
West on River View Drive and out
GLENPATRICK 6:00 - 6:15
Down Glenpatrick Drive then North on Glenpatrick Road, Cross Over to Northside, staying on Glenpatrick Road, West on Glendale Way doing the loop and back out on Glenpatrick Road.
QUIGLEY 6:15 - 6:30
Down Quigley Drive the full Length and to West Point Way then back out the full length of Quigley Drive (you get the Santa Show twice).
HEARTLAND: 6:35 - 6:50
South on Heartland Blvd, full 360 around the Traffic Circle, then West on Heartland Way, North on Horse Creek Road THEN around the full loop of Horseshoe Crescent (at the Park) and out.
HERITAGE: 6:55 - 7:10
North on Horse Creek Road, East on Heritage Blvd, South on Heritage Drive (the full length), Heritage Gate and out.
SUNSET: 7:15 - 7:35
North on Sunset Drive (past St. Tim’s), East on Sunset Blvd, Sunset Road to Sunvalley Road, past RancheView School, then North on Sundown Road and Turning around and back down Sundown Road at the Park (you get the Santa Show twice) and out
SUNTERRA / TRI SCHOOL AREA 7:40 - 7:55
North on 4 Ave N to the End, down the full length of Chinook Drive, the down full length of Cochrane Crescent and out.
GLENEAGLES 8:00 - 8:20
Gleneagles Drive starting at the top of the Cochrane Hill down to Gleneagles Blvd, West on Gleneagles View around the entire Gleneagles View, back to Gleneagles Drive then down to 1A by the underpass and out.
EAST END 8:20 - 8:40
East on Williams Street, then down East on Powell Street, South on Pope Street, East of Sibbald Street to Carolina Drive to 1 St E., West on 1st St E to RCMP station the Santa Route is completed.
Please Note : We will try out best to keep to the schedule but please be patient if we are running behind (its a new route for Santa this year)