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UPDATED: Santa will be heading out to Ferndale neighborhoods with firefighters and police

WCFD7 firefighters and Santa out collecting food donations (December 9, 2017). Photo: My Ferndale News

FERNDALE, Wash. — During the next couple Saturday evenings, Ferndale neighborhoods will be treated to a visit by Santa on decorated antique firetrucks and a police department vehicle accompanied by firefighters with Whatcom County Fire District 7 and officers with the Ferndale Police Department.

This will be the 3rd year Santa and his entourage will be visiting Ferndale neighborhoods to collect non-perishable food items for the Ferndale Food Bank. Santa helps and hands out candy canes.

Last year, neighbors with grocery bags filled with donations could be seen lining the sidewalks waiting with excitement ahead of Santa and his entourage. The result was 5,078 pounds of donated food delivered to the Ferndale Food Bank.

Whatcom 7 Firefighters and Ferndale Food Bank Executive Director Suzanne Nevan work to receive of 5,000 pounds of community donations (December 19, 2018). Photo courtesy of Whatcom 7 Firefighters
Whatcom 7 Firefighters and Ferndale Food Bank Executive Director Suzanne Nevan work to receive over 5,000 pounds of community donations (December 19, 2018). Photo courtesy of Whatcom 7 Firefighters

This year, organizers say, neighbors will again be able to track Santa’s progress through Ferndale neighborhoods with an online tracker. That information will be made available here on both Saturday nights as the groups head out.

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On Fridays, December 6th and 13th, there will be fire station open houses at the Washington Street Fire Station (2020 Washington) and the Church Road Fire Station (6081 Church Road) respectively from 6pm to 8pm. Donations will also be collected at the fire stations and Santa will be available too.

On Saturdays, December 7th and 14th, Santa and his entourage will be headed to the following neighborhoods to collect food donations and hand out candy canes. WCFD7 firefighter and food collection organizer Matt Cagle said they wanted to reach more neighborhoods this year but were challenged with their small group. They contacted the Ferndale Police who did not hesitate to join in and offered to decorate their unique military light tactical vehicle to also be used to carry collected food donations and Santa according to Cagle. As a result, additional neighborhoods will be included this year.

Saturday, December 7th, starting at 4pm

  • Spoonbill
  • Rainier/Shields
  • Meyers
  • Belaire/Belwest
  • Northwest from Smith to Axton
  • Lingbloom
  • Paradise
  • Laurel Grove
  • Willow Springs/Burnham
  • Deer Creek/Judy Way
  • Old Settler
  • Portal Way

Saturday, December 14th, starting at 4pm

  • Pacific Heights (north of Thornton)
  • Pheasant/Tyler
  • Sunshine/Evergreen
  • Apollo/Aquarius
  • Maureen
  • Lincoln
  • Parkland
  • N Beulah
  • Willow/Oxford
  • Malloy
  • Sunrise (east of Vista)
  • Ferndale Terrace/ Seamount
  • Pacific Heights (south of Thornton)
  • Sievers/Lakeridge/Cresent
  • Heights/Fieldview
  • Shannon
  • Pine/Briar/Orchard
  • N & S Bakerview
  • Heather
  • Diamond/Pearl
  • Sunshine (south of Thornton)
  • Artist/Augustine
  • Gardiner
  • Ferndale/Seamount
  • Stratus Place
  • Blue Sky Way
  • Cirrus Lane
  • Cirrus Court
  • Clearview Drive
  • Fisher Place
  • The Meadows neighborhood

December 5th at 12pm
This story was updated to reflect the addition of the Ferndale Police Department participation and their contributions to the effort.


  1. Sharon Patrick December 5, 2019

    Thank you for posting this!

  2. Amy Jean Harman December 5, 2019

    We really enjoyed this last year! We did a special grocery shopping trip, filled up the stroller, and walked up the neighborhood until we found Santa. We are excited to make this a tradition!

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