Surprise your child and support our department….
Thank you to all those who registered for Santa’s Express for 2020!
We had an overwhelming response and have sold out all spots….
We look forward to seeing everyone this year!
This year we are also selling Santa’s Express shirts as part of a fundraiser for the department. For all shirts sold, the department will get a small percentage of the total. For many that don’t know, we own the land and the building itself and these donations help to fund repairs and ongoing maintenance for our property.
It’s that time of year again. Here is the information for Santa’s Express for 2020. Please be sure to read through all of it as we are trying to streamline a lot of our processes due to our growing popularity and due to COVID-19 changes. Thanks everyone and we appreciate your continued support for our Volunteer Organization!
Please read this entire page, as there are a number of adjustments this year that we have had to make to be able to hold our event.
Ho Ho Ho! Santa is making stops early this year and he is teaming up with the Kensington Fire-Rescue looking for good girls and boys!
For a donation of $10 per child, Santa, assisted by firefighters from the Kensington Volunteer Fire Department, will deliver a Christmas present to your child using a real fire truck!
REMINDER: The delivery address MUST be within the Town of Berlin.
Please understand though, that this event is contingent on the status of COVID-19 and the guidelines and procedures set forth by the local health department. In the event that the local health department has us cancel the event, all donations will be returned to each participant.
Here’s how it works:
Step 1: Register and donation drop will be online this year! Registration will take place starting ONLINE at 8:00AM on October 31th The link will be accessible on this page at the above date and time. Once delivery dates and times have been set, rescheduling will be extremely difficult, so please be sure to check the date you have chosen. Dates are on a first come first serve basis. Also, please understand that Santa has a limited amount of time at each stop so please try and write all children that may be in attendance.
** NOTE: We will not be accepting payments online. You will pay for your stop at gift dropoff. The donation is still $10 per child. After you register online, you will receive an email asking you to pick a gift dropoff date. In the event that you don’t come to your dropoff date or are unable to reach you, you will lose your spot that you registered for and it will be given to someone else.
Step 2: Be on the lookout for delivery times.
Notification of delivery times will be made the week of Nov. 9th, 2020, after all registrations have been processed, by email or phone if your email is not working. ALL DATES AND TIMES ARE FINAL ONCE THEY HAVE BEEN RECEIVED VIA EMAIL/PHONE.
Step 3: Drop off your gift for Santa to deliver.
Gift drop off will take place at the Kensington Fire House, 880 Farmington Ave., Kensington from Nov. 16, 2020 – Nov. 20, 2020. Gift drop off times will occur as follows: Mon, Tues, Wed., Thurs., & Fri. between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Dropoff will be a bit different this year due to COVID-19 restrictions. You will pull up in your car and members will come out to greet you at a distance and retrieve your gifts from either the back seat or trunk. You won’t even need to get out of your vehicle. Your items will be placed in bags and tagged with your stop.
Please make sure that each gift is wrapped and labeled clearly with each child’s name.
Step 4: Here comes Santa!
Santa will be making his early deliveries on the following dates and times:
December 5th and 6th between 11:30 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.
December 7th through the 11th between 5:50 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
December 12th and 13th between 11:30 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.
Please note the following changes for delivery this year due to COVID-19 restrictions (per the local health department regulations):
- All stops will be outdoors. Unfortunately Santa will not be able to enter any homes, but you’ll be able to take plenty of pictures outside.
- All participants must be wearing masks.
- All fire department personnel will be masked as well for your safety.
- These rules have been put into place per the CDC/local health department and are not flexible.
Now that you have seen our list, please check it twice because we hope this information has made the start of your holiday season so nice! Hope to see you at registration.
(If you have any questions please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Merry Christmas from Kensington Fire-Rescue!