Newburyport Santa Claus Parade – See Santa on the Fire Truck

By Caitlin Dowling, Correspondent
Caitlin is a freelance editor/writer and former news producer for CNN. As a local mom of three, her family can be found enjoying all Newburyport has to offer, from strolling downtown to biking the rail trail to swimming at the beach.
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Mark your calendars because Santa Claus is coming to town aboard a fire truck at the 2022 annual Santa Claus parade Wednesday, December 21st starting at 4:00 pm. With Christmas just days away, Santa will cruise through town waving to all the good little boys and girls of Newburyport spreading holiday cheer.

The Santa Claus parade—sponsored by the Newburyport Fire Department, Newburyport Police Department, The NewburyportSanta Claus Parade Newburyport Teachers Association, Simply Sweet and Domino’s. Santa and his crew plan to depart the Firehouse Station on Greenleaf Street at 4:00 pm. The parade route will roll through the South End making its way to the downtown area via Water Street. It goes up State Street, turns onto High Street heading towards Famous Pizza and then all the way to the Turkey Hill neighborhood. View the full 2022 parade route to find your nearest spot to shout hello to the big man in red aboard his red fire engine escort. The route is typically the same each and we will attach the route right here as soon as it is released.

Santa always makes sure he gives a jolly “ho ho ho” to all the residents of Newburyport, meaning the entire procession can last up to two hours. So while the Santa Claus parade begins at 4 pm, Jolly Old Saint Nick may not drive into your neighborhood for quite a while depending on where it lies on the route. For this reason, revelers are encouraged to bundle up, dress warmly, and bring along some hot cocoa and treats to stay warm and pass the time.

Many neighbors gather at meeting spots as a group to celebrate the Santa Claus parade together in the spirit of the upcoming holiday. Jingle bells, festive music, and holiday attire are all welcome!

The annual Santa Claus parade has been a Newburyport tradition for 50 years thanks to the support of many local businesses and organizations that have sponsored the event over the years and the Newburyport Fire Department for loaning Santa his fire truck ride each parade.

To find even more ways to celebrate the holidays in festive Newburyport, be sure to check the events calendar.