Surprise your child and support our department….
(Last updated: 11/28/23)
It’s that time of year again. Here is the information for Santa’s Express for 2023.
Please be sure to read through all of it as we have to keep a lot of our processes the same as last year.
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.
Here’s how it works:
Step 1: Registration will be online this year!
*** Registration will take place starting ONLINE at 8am on October 28th *** *** UPDATE: Santa is now FULL! Our firehouse event with Santa is posted below if you’d like to sign up for that. It’s Friday December 1st at the Kensington Firehouse:
Santa’s Express at the Fire House! The link will be accessible on this page at the above date and time. Be aware that all stops have typically sold out within minutes! 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. 6th, 2023 (not the day of the 6th, anytime that week), 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. *** UPDATE (11/11): All sign-ups have gone out via email. Please check your email or spam for the message.
Step 3: Drop off your gift and donation for Santa to deliver.
Gift drop off will take place at the Kensington Fire House, 880 Farmington Ave., Kensington from Nov. 14, 2023 – Nov. 16, 2023. Gift drop off times will occur as follows: Tues, Wed. & Thurs. between 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
Dropoff Procedures: You will pull up in your car and members will come out to greet you 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. If the labels are not clear or are difficult to read, they will need to be fixed at gift drop-off before we can take them in.
** To make it easier for Santa and his helpers, we are also trying to limit gifts to one per child if possible. This helps Santa be as efficient as possible!
*** WE ARE WORKING ON THE STOPS AND WILL BE EMAILING THIS WEEK (through 11/11)…. please be patient with us, we have a lot of stops to coordinate.
Step 4: Here comes Santa!
Santa will be making his early deliveries on the following dates and times:
December 2th and 3th between 11:30 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.
December 4th through the 8th between 5:50 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
December 9th and 10th between 11:30 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.
Reminder, we have adjusted our delivery procedures over the past few years. See below:
- All stops will continue to be outdoors. We have found this makes it easier overall for Santa and his helpers.
- Please feel free to take any and all pictures outside.
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!