Santa Claus is coming to town, but this year by land, not by sea.
Santa Claus will be delivered to the Port of Brookings Harbor by a Harbor Fire Department fire truck at noon, Dec. 7.
In years past, Santa has arrived to the Port of Brookings Harbor by U.S. Coast Guard vessel. However, due to budget constraints from the 2011 Budget Control Act, also known as the sequester, the Coast Guard is unable to deliver the jolly old man and his helpers.
“Unfortunately, we have had to limit or cancel Coast Guard support for most (community relations) events,” said BM1 Bryan Cawvey of Station Chetco River in an email. “This is the reason we will not be able to deliver Santa Claus to the Port of Brookings this year.”
Cawvey said this is a temporary decision and that the Coast Guard will continue to evaluate participation in events in the future.
Santa’s Port Stop, an event which will take place from noon to 2 p.m. Dec. 7, will have plenty of kid-friendly activities, with coloring, cider and cookies, and photos with Santa. The free event will happen rain or shine under a tent at the port’s boardwalk.
For more information contact Jean Day at 541-661-1899.
Other upcoming holiday events:
• A Christmas tree lighting ceremony at the corner of Chetco Avenue and Hillside Avenue, 4:30 p.m., Dec. 8. Santa will be in attendance along with cookies and hot cocoa. Local children will also sing Christmas carols.
• Toys for Tots drive Dec. 14. Bring an unwrapped toy to the Brookings downtown Christmas tree and enjoy cookies, cocoa and coffee. A Brookings Fire Department fire truck will be on display.