'It sure brought a lot of happy smiles': Santa's Bickle truck adventure an overwhelming success

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Orangeville’s fire chief feels the alternative to a Santa Claus Parade this year went extremely well.

With COVID-19 putting the brakes on any traditional kind of public celebration of the holidays, town staff devised a creative and unique way to ensure Santa could still visit Orangeville — by riding an antique Bickle fire truck throughout the town.

“Out of the three routes that we had worked out, there were a lot of families that came out to greet Santa as he came down the street,” said Chief Ron Morden. “We were overwhelmed by how many came to watch him go by.”

Three separate dates were set aside on the weekends leading up to Christmas for Santa to drive along predetermined routes throughout Orangeville. Santa, atop the antique truck, rode through residential areas to bring joy to all.

“We’ve had nothing but great, positive feedback from the public,” said Morden. “Even as we were driving by, you could see the children jumping up and down, so happy to see Santa coming. So many of the parents standing out there were thanking us.”

Morden said he feels the event was something much needed by the community.

“For what the year has been like, it sure brought a lot of happy smiles to people’s faces and brought the spirit of Christmas to them, to put what they’ve been going through behind them,” said Morden. “I think it was an overwhelming success.”

Tabitha Wells/Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Orangeville Banner