With just days to go before his big night on Christmas, Santa and Mrs. Claus toured Germantown this morning with his friends from the Montgomery County Police Department. He traded his sleigh and reindeer for a Harley and full police escort to tour the County and spread good cheer as part of the MCPD’s Santa Ride.
Santa, along with Mrs. Claus, and the motor officers are bringing gift bags and donations raised by the Montgomery County Police Department to a party for the children whose families are residents at the Children’s Inn at the National Institute of Health in Bethesda.
The ride, which has become a yearly tradition, set out this morning in Germantown as Santa his team of motor-elves left District 5 Headquarters on route to their first stop. They rode down Century Boulevard to the Upcounty Regional Services Center on Middlebrook Road where Santa met with a group of little ones.
Montgomery County Police Motor Officers are collecting donations from all six police districts, area businesses, and residents.
After the stop at the Upcounty Regional Services Center, Santa and his escort team mounted up and headed their next stop. They rode up Father Hurley Boulevard to the Wegmans where Santa met with some more little ones.
From Wegmans, Santa and the team continued their tour of the County including a stop in the Kentlands, and a visit to the Public Safety Headquarters in Gaithersburg, and then back up the UpCounty for lunch at Bennigans in Clarksburg. After lunch, Santa and the officers are off to tour the rest of the County including stops in Olney, Silver Spring, and Bethesda.
Santa’s ride ends the at The Children’s Inn at NIH in Bethesda.
Representatives from The Children’s Inn at NIH are riding with the Santa Ride, collecting donations from all six police districts, area businesses, and residents, the donations will go towards purchase gift cards from area stores to assist families who are residing at The Children’s Inn at NIH.
The funds also provide gifts for the children staying at The Children’s Inn at NIH while receiving treatment at NIH. The Children's Inn is a private, nonprofit, family-centered residence for pediatric outpatients at the National Institutes of Health. Its purpose is to keep children together with their families during serious illness, reduce their stress and facilitate the healing process through mutual support. More than 1,500 families came from 50 states and 84 countries to stay at The Inn. Families do not pay to stay at the Inn. The Inn rely solely on private contributions to sustain our operations.
In the past, residents have inquired to the police as to why the Santa Ride cannot begin at night so that school children may have a better opportunity to see Santa. “Please know that the ultimate goal of this ride is meet with the families of NIH, so we need to make sure that we arrive at the Inn at a reasonable hour and that Santa has time to talk with all of the children. We appreciate your understanding,” said a police spokesman.
If you wish to join the fun and provide a financial donation online, visit The Children’s Inn website at childrensinn.org, click on “Ways To Give” then “Donate Now”, enter your information and indicate that you are giving in response to the “Santa Police Ride.”
Top: Santa with his escort of Montgomery County Police Motor Officers rumbles down Century Boulevard in Germantown on Wednesday morning at the start of the annual Santa Ride.
Next: The Santa Ride rolls through the Central Business District in Germantown.
Next: Santa and Mrs. Claus stopped at the UpCounty Regional Services Center in Germantown to meet with some of the kids.
Video: Santa arrives at the UpCounty Regional Services Center and hangs out with the children. Video courtesy MCPD.
Next: Even Rudolph was riding with Santa and the members of the MCPD.
Next: Santa and his elves cause quite a stir when they ride through intersections like Century Boulevard and Middlebrook Road.
Photos by Germantown Pulse.