Santa Claus will be parading through three local communities

Santa Claus is coming to Blaine, Spring Lake Park and Mounds View from Dec. 3-6.

Santa Claus is coming to town. He will be parading through areas of Blaine, Spring Lake Park and Mounds View the evenings of Dec. 3-6. The Spring Lake Park-Blaine-Mounds View (SBM) Fire Department is hosting this parade and requests viewers bring a non-perishable food donation for the food shelf. File photo by Bill Jones

Santa Claus is coming to town. He will be parading through areas of Blaine, Spring Lake Park and Mounds View the evenings of Dec. 3-6. The Spring Lake Park-Blaine-Mounds View (SBM) Fire Department is hosting this parade and requests viewers bring a non-perishable food donation for the food shelf. File photo by Bill Jones

The Spring Lake Park-Blaine-Mounds View (SBM) Fire Department hosts the annual visits to neighborhoods to get kids in the Christmas spirit and to collect items for the food shelf.

The parades start at 6:30 p.m. each night. People who go to the parade to see Santa, fire trucks, police vehicles and other emergency responders from their community are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item that can help feed a hungry family this holiday season.

If you cannot go to the parade, but would still like to donate an item for the food shelf, drop off your donation to SBM Fire Station No. 1 during the week of the parades. This station is located at 1710 County Road 10 in Spring Lake Park.

The following is a list of the parade routes, which are the same as last year.

Monday, Dec. 3 (West Blaine)

The parade starts at 131st Avenue and Jefferson Street intersection.

From there, it proceeds on 131st Avenue to Taylor Street, to 126th Avenue to Polk (crossing Main Street) then Oak Park Boulevard to Jefferson Street, then Territorial Road to President Drive, then Pleasure Creek Parkway to Clover Leaf Parkway, then Polk Street to 91st Avenue, then Tyler Street to 92nd Avenue, then Van Buren Street to 91st Avenue, ending at the Jackson Street intersection.

Tuesday, Dec. 4 (East Blaine)

The parade starts at Rice Creek Parkway and Xylite Street.

It proceeds on Rice Creek Parkway to Flanders Street, then 95th Avenue (crossing I-35W) to Hamline Avenue, then Edgewood Road to Xebec Street, then 97th Avenue to Xebec Street, then 99th Lane to Austin Street, then Cord Street to 99th Avenue (crossing Lexington Avenue), then North Road to Twilite Terrace, then 101st Lane to Ghia Street, then Ball Road to Marmon Street, then 106th Lane to National Street, then 107th Avenue to Packard Street, then 105th Lane to National Street, then 103rd Lane to Lever Street. The parade will end at SBM Station No. 4.

Wednesday, Dec. 5 (Mounds View)

The parade will start at Arden Avenue and Spring Lake Park Road.

It then moves on Arden Avenue to Long Lake Road, then Hillview Road to Jackson Drive, then Bronson Drive to St. Stephen Street (crossing County Road H2) to Edgewood Road, then County Road H to Knollwood Drive, then Bronson Drive to Spring Lake Road, then Hillview Road, ending at Lakeside Park.

Thursday, Dec. 6 (Spring Lake Park)

The final night of the parade will start at Able Street and 79th Avenue in Spring Lake Park and uses the same route as June’s Tower Days parade.

It proceeds on Able Street to 84th Avenue, then Terrace Road to 79th Avenue, ending at that intersection.

Eric Hagen is at eric.hagen@ecm-inc.com

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