16 June 2024

Hornsea Carnival Santa run brings festive cheer

by Rebecca Hannant

Hornsea Carnival’s annual Santa Run has been hailed a success despite the icy weather.

This year’s run has seen the return of Santa and his elves who have brought festive cheer to children in the town by handing out sweets and taking “elfies”.

Volunteers have also been on hand to collect donations which will contribute to the running of the Hornsea Carnival Committee’s year-round calendar of events.

So far, the Santa sleigh has completed three of its routes through Hornsea. It will do a fourth run on Monday, December 11, and a final fifth route on Tuesday, December 12.

On Monday, Santa and his elves will travel down Southgate, through Marlborough Avenue, Rawson Way, Stanley Avenue, Rolston Road, Bank Terrace, Burton Lane, Trinity Road, The Crescent, Whimbrel Avenue, Ranby Drive, Ebor Avenue and Ranby Close, before finishing at the Greenway.

On Tuesday, December 12, the sleigh will proceed down Rolston Road, Brooke Drive, Greenacre Park, Tansley Lane, Pickering Avenue and Oaklands before finishing at the Birches.

All routes are subject to weather conditions.

Carnival chairman Iain Poole said: “The Hornsea Carnival Santa sleigh is back for 2023, and despite our first planned day being washed out with the weather, our first route was a complete success, along with raising vital funds for Hornsea Carnival 2024.

“Santa handed out more than 300 gifts to the wonderful children we met along the way. We had smiles, laughs, bouncing children, hugs, high-fives and fist-bumps.

“A lot of planning by the team goes into these routes, and the logistics of getting Santa and Mrs Claus down – well, that’s not easy.”

For more information, visit the Hornsea Carnival website or Facebook page. To donate, visit hornseacarnival.org.uk/donations.