Children can see Santa before his big sleigh ride when the jolly old elf pays his annual early visit to Glen Burnie neighborhoods on Dec. 24 starting at 5 p.m. Children are invited to wait for Santa at intersections along the way.
Santa's Christmas Eve trip, sponsored by the , has been a community tradition since 1937. The Glen Burnie Volunteer Fire Department will assist Santa on his travels.
Santa’s faithful crew of workers includes Pat Kelly, Jim Call, cousins Bill and Tom Nevin, Jr. and their children, Tom Nevin III, Mark Nevin and Bonnie Nevin. It is a Christmas Eve tradition for the Nevin family to chauffer Santa through the streets of Glen Burnie. The current generation’s father and grandfathers chauffeured Santa when the tradition began in 1937.
JBA Chevrolet donates the use of a truck to the association each year for the annual community tour, and Santa's volunteer helpers will hand out treats to children waiting along the route.
Here is Santa's anticipated schedule, according to the GBIA:
Santa’s route on Christmas Eve night begins at 5 p.m. in the community of Glen Gardens, off Ritchie Highway. Santa will turn right at Tate Dodge onto Delaware Avenue, where he will stop at intersections with Harford Road, Kent Road, Kuethe Road, Garrett Road and Dorchester Road. He will then turn left onto Carroll Road and make stops at the intersections with Biddle Road, Washington Avenue and Glen Road. He will turn left onto New Jersey Avenue and turn right onto Kent Road. Santa will turn left onto Georgia Avenue with a stop at Rogers Avenue.
At about 5:45 p.m., Santa’s trip will continue at the intersection of Georgia Avenue and Maple Lane. He will travel along Maple Lane and turn right onto Virginia Avenue, turn right onto Crain Highway and then turn right onto New Jersey Avenue. Santa will then ride along New Jersey Avenue to Linden Lane, where he will turn left. He will cross over Baltimore Annapolis Boulevard and turn left onto Greenway, making a stop at Maple Lane and Oak Lane.
At about 6:15 p.m., Santa will stop at Central Avenue and D Street, circling around Brownshade Drive. He will drive down Central Avenue to B Street and then he will make his way to St. Alban’s Episcopal Church at the intersection of A Street and First Avenue. He will then go down First Avenue to the 500 block of First Avenue where he will turn around in the cul-de-sac. Santa will then turn right onto D Street and right at Second Avenue, which will turn into Glenview Avenue. He will turn left onto Third Avenue, drive for two blocks and then turn left onto Oak Lane. He will turn right onto Second Avenue and stop at the intersections of Second Avenue with C Street, B Street and A Street. Santa will then turn right onto A Street and right on Third Avenue with stops at B Street, C Street and D Street. He will turn left onto D Street and then follow Fourth Avenue, stopping at its intersections with B Street and A Street. Santa will turn right onto A Street and right onto Fifth Avenue at the Glen Burnie Health Center. Santa will drive along Fifth Avenue to Stewart Avenue where he will bear left. He will make a right turn onto Baltimore Avenue, left onto Newfield Road, left onto Magnolia Avenue and a left on Stewart Avenue. He will then drive down Stewart and make a right onto Elizabeth Lane, a left turn onto Wilson Boulevard with stops at Theresa Avenue, Bertha Avenue and Crain Highway.
At around 8 p.m., Santa will travel down Crain Highway toward southeast Glen Burnie. He will stop at the intersection of Third Avenue, S.E. and N Street. Santa will drive along N Street and will turn left onto Second Avenue, with stops at M Street and Padfield Boulevard. He will turn left onto Padfield Boulevard to get to Third Avenue. Along Third Avenue, Santa will stop at Padfield Boulevard, M Street, N Street and Griffith Lane. Santa will then turn right onto Fourth Avenue, with a stop at Delmar Avenue. He will turn left onto Padfield Boulevard. Santa will turn left onto Fifth Avenue and travel for one block where he will make a left turn onto Delmar Avenue. He will then turn right onto Fourth Avenue and right onto N Street.
At around 8:45 p.m., Santa is expected to be in the Munroe Gardens neighborhood. Santa will stop at the intersections of Delmar and Seventh Avenue; Delmar at Ninth Avenue; Griffith Road at Ninth Avenue, Seventh Avenue and Fifth Avenue, Wimmer Road at Seventh Avenue and Eighth Avenue; Hamlen Road at Eighth Avenue and Hamlen Road at Seventh Avenue. Santa will then drive down Munroe Circle, turn around and then drive back toward Fifth Avenue slowly. Santa will turn right onto Fifth Avenue, turn right onto Oakwood Road, left onto Blossom Lane and right onto Pine Terrace. He will then make a left turn back onto Oakwood Road, and turn left again on Range Road to the Sunset Restaurant.
At about 9:15 p.m., Santa will continue to the community of Acreslee, traveling north on Ritchie Highway and turning right onto Furnace Branch Road. He will stop at the intersection of Furnace Branch Road and Stewart Lane. He will then turn right onto Stewart Lane and take Stewart Lane to Andrews Road. He will turn left onto Marie Avenue, left onto Langley Road, right onto Rose Anne Road with a stop at the intersection of Marie Avenue and Rose Anne Road.
He then will return to the North Pole to load the sleigh up with toys for good girls and boys.
For additional information, call the GBIA at 410-766-6760.
Note: Times are approximate for Santa's trip.