Spot Santa on a Fire Truck: Santa Runs in Newcastle, Lake Macquarie & Hunter

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Spot Santa out and about as he travels through neighbourhoods on a fire truck spreading Christmas cheer in the lead up to Christmas Day. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, some Santa runs are still distributing lollies while others aren’t. Santa won’t be able to get up close like in previous years but will be happy to give you and your family a wave.

There are a number of participating brigades, both NSW Fire & Rescue and NSW Rural Fire Brigades. Please note that all times are approximate due to potentially being called out to respond to calls. Check their Facebook page for the latest updates.

Here is the Fire Brigade Santa Run list for Newcastle, Lake Macquarie & Hunter, organised in date order.

If we’ve missed one, let us know via a DM on Facebook or email us. Massive thanks to all participating fire stations. It’s much appreciated and a great way to spread some much-needed Christmas cheer!


East Maitland Rural Fire Brigade

The East Maitland RFS is doing Lolly Runs accompanied by Santa and his elves on the following dates. Santa will depart from the marked start point on each map at 5pm

Monday 14 December – East Maitland / Rathluba

Click here for route marked on East Maitland / Rathluba map

Tuesday 15 December – Ashtonfield

Click here for route marked on Ashtonfield map

Thursday 17 December – Metford

Click here for route marked on Metford map

For more information, visit the East Maitland RFS Facebook page.

Santa Run by Fire & Rescue NSW Station 392 Muswellbrook

Wednesday 16 December & Thursday 17 December

NSW Fire & Rescue Muswellbrook are doing a Santa run over two nights. Please note that due to COVID-19, they won’t be handing out lollies this year but Santa will be in the fire truck.

  • December 16 – South / East side will be conducted commencing at Bimbadeen Drive at 4pm. They will then hopefully make it to Thompson Street around 5:30pm.
  • December 17 – North side will commence at Carl Street on the 17th at 4pm.

Santa asks that all children are supervised by an adult, and that you stay on the footpath as he comes past to keep everyone safe. If your street is not on the map below, please walk to the nearest street on the highlighted route. If you see the lights and sirens on, the fire truck is going to an emergency.

Click here for routes marked on Muswellbrook map

For more information, visit the Fire and Rescue NSW Station 392 Muswellbrook Facebook page.

Santa’s Lolly Run by Darlington Rural Fire Brigade

Thursday 17 December & Thursday 24 December

Thursday 17 December – Hunter Highlands. 6pm start at the corner of Gresford  Road and Robertson circuit. Will continue around to Franks  Road. Franks Road and the highlighted part of Iron Bark Lane and will continue and then exit back onto  Robertson circuit. Heading back down Robertson  Circuit to complete the run at the corner of Gresford road. Robertson Circuit marked by the green highlight. Franks Road and Iron Bark Lane marked by the brown highlight.

Thursday 24 December – Retreat and Surrounding Areas. 6pm start. Check out map below for route. Green highlighted on map – Bridgeman Road. Purple indicates Retreat Road and turnaround. Blue highlights Brigadier Hammett, Gov Martin and Blue Gum. Yellow highlights Wattle Ponds, Hamblin Pl, Martin View Ct, Druce Smith Pl, Aubupward Cl and Lester Cl.

Unfortunately due to covid restrictions Santa and the Darlington crew will have to keep to social distances rules. For everyone’s safety please wait near your front gate and Santa and his helpers will make sure everyone gets a bag of lollies.

Click here for routes marked on map

For more information, visit the Darlington RFS Facebook event.

Santa’s Lolly Run by Peninsula Rural Fire Brigade (Morisset Peninsula)

Friday 18 December – Sunday 20 December

Peninsula Rural Fire Brigade are doing a Santa Run.

  • Friday 18 December – 3pm – Retirement villages including Bayside
  • Saturday 19 December – 8am- Yarrawonga Park, Balcolyn, Silverwater, Sunshine, Mirrabooka, Brightwaters and Morisset Park (potentially Trinity Point)
  • Sunday 20 December – Northern side Windermere Park, Wineries, Pulbar St, Morisset, Marconi Rd, Bonnells Bay, Waikiki Rd and surrounds and end in Aquillo Estate
  • Christmas Eve – Peninsula RFS will be at 162 Dandaraga Rd Christmas lights with Santa on the 24th of December from 7.30pm to 9pm.

For more information, visit the Peninsula Rural Fire Brigade Facebook page.

Santa’s Lolly Run by Fire & Rescue NSW Station 455 Rutherford

Friday 18 December – Sunday 20 December

NSW Fire & Rescue Rutherford are doing a Lolly Run

  • Friday 18 December – Telarah (marked in red on map) starting at 4pm
  • Saturday 19 December – Rutherford / Aberglasslyn (marked in green on map) starting at 12pm with a break in the middle.
  • Sunday 20 December – Rutherford / Aberglasslyn/Mckeachies Run (marked in blue on map) starting at 12pm with a break in the middle.

All times are approximate due to potentially being called out to respond to calls, but the fire truck will do its best to complete as per map. They will also set up a link each day so you can follow live where the fire truck is on the run and where it has already been.

Click here for routes marked on map

For more information, visit the Santas Lolly Run Facebook page.

Cameron Park Rural Fire Brigade

Saturday 19 December – Cameron Park

The Cameron Park Rural Fire Brigade will be around Cameron Park on Saturday 19 December at the following locations:

  • Beaumarias Park 4:15pm – 4:45pm
  • Cnr Constitution & Dromedary 5pm -5:20pm
  • Outside Cameron Park Community Centre 5:30pm – 5:45pm
  • Northlakes Estate Park 6pm – 6:20pm
  • Pasterfield Sports Complex Playground 6.30pm – 7:00pm

Cameron Park RFS Brigade will have blank letters to Santa to be filled out, a Post Box for children to post letters to Santa, some treats for the children and the chance to get photos alongside the truck. Santa will be there but due to COVID-19, will be unable to have anyone on his knee.

For more information, visit the Cameron Park RFS Facebook page.

Santa Run by Fire & Rescue NSW Station 498 Holmesville

Saturday 19 December

Santa is accompanying Fire and Rescue New South Wales Holmesville on a Santa run on Saturday 19 December. They are planning to visit their normal route, beginning in West Wallsend at 8am and concluding by 4:30pm in Edgeworth. Make sure you listen out for the siren so you don’t miss out. To ensure Santa gets to see all of the boys and girls, Fire and Rescue New South Wales Holmesville will be putting up maps later this week on their Facebook page to show Santa’s route for the day.

A few changes to how they normally conduct the Santa run are below.

  • Fire and Rescue New South Wales Holmesville will be giving out individually wrapped lollipops.
  • This year, they can’t accept any non-perishable items/donations and can’t stop for photos.

For more information, visit the Fire and Rescue NSW Holmesville Station 498 Facebook page.

Santa Run by Fire & Rescue NSW Station 251 Cardiff

Saturday 19 December

The annual Lolly Run by Cardiff 251 is going ahead on the tentative date of Saturday 19 December starting at 2pm. The fire truck will take to the streets to deliver some little goodie bags for the kids located within their local area. More details and street information will be posted closer to the date as well as requirements to ensure the event is COVID safe.

For more information, visit the Fire and Rescue NSW Station 251 Facebook page.

Santa Run by Central Rural Fire Brigade in Cessnock

Saturday 19 December

The Central Rural Fire Brigade will be escorting Santa around to spread Christmas cheer. They are hoping to have both trucks operational on the day. They plan to start 1 truck at 9am on Duffie drive, Aberdare and work its way through South Cessnock finishing at West Cessnock on the southern side of Wollombi Road.

The other will be starting in East Cessnock at 9am on Old Maitland Road and work its way across to West Cessnock finishing on the northern side of Wollombi Road. Any alterations to the planned routes and times will be posted on the Facebook page. It is possible that not every street will be visited as it is a very big area to cover but we will do our very best to get to everyone.

Very strict COVID-19 restrictions are in place to make the Santa Run possible. They ask if you could keep your children back from the truck and not approach the truck at all. Please don’t follow the truck on foot or in your vehicle. The creq can not get out of the truck and hand lollies to the children. If any of these restrictions are breached, they must cancel the Santa run.

For more information, visit the Central Rural Fire Brigade page.

Santa Run by Fire & Rescue NSW Station 382 Morpeth

Saturday 19 December

Morpeth station is pleased to announce we will be delivering Santa Claus to the local community on Saturday 19th December 2020, commencing at 8am. This year will be a little different due to COVID-19, so they ask people to not congregate at the end of your street but instead wait outside your house when you hear them nearby. The fire truck will not be stopping and there will be no interaction with Santa or our crew. All goodies will be pre-packaged and they will make every attempt to cover all streets.

Click here for route marked on Morpeth map

For more information, visit the Fire and Rescue NSW Station 382 Facebook page.

Santa Run by Cooranbong Rural Fire Brigade

Saturday 19 December & Sunday 20 December

Volunteer firefighters will be escorting Santa around Cooranbong over two days on Saturday and Sunday the 19th and 20th of December. With a fair sprinkle of Christmas magic, Santa will be able to be in two places at once!

SOUTH: Saturday 19 December: From 9am, Santa will be starting at Alton Road (and adjoining streets) and from Red Hill Street and working towards each other.

NORTH: Sunday 20 December: From 9am, Santa will be starting at Central Road/College Drive and in Watagan Park, working towards each other. Due to COVID-19, Santa will be handing out commercially pre-packaged lollies and his helpers will help to ensure everyone remains COVID-safe.

For more information, visit the Coorangbong Rural Fire Brigade Facebook page.

Santa Run by Thornton Rural Fire Brigade

Sunday 20 December

Get ready Thornton! Santa and his helpers will be touring around Thornton and Somerset on Sunday 20 December. Due to COVID-19, helpers will not be leaving the truck, please stay off the roads and stay safe! Santa will be driven slowly past each property to say hello and helpers can throw out some treats for the kids!

For more information, visit the Thornton RFS Facebook page.

Santa Run by Fire & Rescue NSW Station 202 Abermain

Sunday 20 December

Santa will be doing the rounds thanks to Fire & Rescue NSW Station 202 Abermain. Things will be a little bit different than previous years – Santa and the crew will be staying in the truck, and throwing out lollies in the Abermain / Neath area on Sunday 20 December. Details and timing to be announced.

For more information, visit the Fire and Rescue NSW Station 202 Facebook page.

Santa Run by Fire & Rescue NSW Station 432 Raymond Terrace

Sunday 20 December

It’s Santa lolly run time!!! Fire & Rescue NSW Station 432 Raymond Terrace are proud to be continuing this yearly tradition, and this year they’re throwing back to the past and driving down every single street to deliver Santa – and lollies – to every kid in town. This year will be a little different due to COVID-19, so they ask people to not congregate at the end of your street but instead wait outside your house when you hear them nearby and don’t hang around after they leave.

  • Lakeside: 8:30am – 10:30am
  • Centre & Pommy Hill: 11am – 1pm
  • CBD & Riverview: 1:30pm – 4pm
  • Heatherbrae (including Kingston Pde): 4pm – 5pm
Click here for routes marked on Raymond Terrace map

For more information, visit the Fire and Rescue NSW Station 432 Facebook page.

Santa Run by Fire & Rescue NSW Station 374 Maitland

Monday 21 December – Wednesday 23 December

Santa will be coming to town! Due to COVID restrictions, Santa will remain in the truck with his helpers, and will visit the main streets of the following suburbs

  • Monday 21 December – Lorn/ Old Bolwarra (Between Westbourne Rd and Bolwarra Rd)
  • Tuesday 22 December – Maitland
  • Wednesday 23 December – Gillieston Heights

Santa will be leaving the station around 5pm. Please make sure your children are under adult supervison, and remain off the road, Santa’s helpers will be throwing lollies onto the grass for children to collect. Maps of each area will be added at a later date once finalised.

For more information, visit the Fire and Rescue NSW Station 374 Facebook page.

Lochinvar Rural Fire Brigade

Tuesday 22 December & Wednesday 23 December

The members of Lochinvar Rural Fire Brigade will be bringing Santa around to distribute some lollies and much needed Christmas cheer locals.

  • Tuesday 22 December – Gosforth , Heritage Parc and Farley (weather and fire permitting) starting from 6pm
  • Wednesday 23 December – Windella, Lochinvar, Luskentyre and Oswald (weather and fire permitting) starting from about 6pm

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Santa asks that kids and adults stay on the grass or footpath, Santa and his helpers have been training real hard on their throwing skills. Unfortunately, Santa isn’t allowed this year to hop off the truck.

For more information and updates, visit the Lochinvar RFS Facebook page.

Santa Run by Fire & Rescue NSW Station 500 Tingira Heights

Thursday December 24

Tingira Heights is going ahead with their annual Santa Run through Windale, Mount Hutton and Tingira Heights. On Christmas Eve, they plan to leave the station between 5:30pm and 6pm. See route maps for locations.

Click here for routes marked on maps

For more information, visit the Fire & Rescue NSW Station 377 Tingira Heights Facebook page.

Santa Run by Fire & Rescue NSW Station 357 Minmi

Thursday December 24

Santa and his Firefighter friends will leave the station at 1pm, covering Minmi, Black Hill, Lenaghan and Fletcher areas. They are hoping to have a Santa tracker app working so you can see where they’re travelling.

For more information, visit the Fire & Rescue NSW Station 377 Minmi Facebook page.


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