This years guide is coming out later than usual. To be honest, I almost didn’t write it at all. I had heard that many of the volunteer fire departments were not going to host Santa runs this year. However, the tune “Here Comes Santa Claus, here comes Santa Claus, right down Santa Claus Lane,” continued playing in my mind.  So after a few requests, here I am writing this years annual Santa Sightings Guide.  This guide will highlight Santa sightings for Southern Maryland Family’s. Happy Holidays from The Playful Parent!


November 25- December 23, 2022 (Weekends) – Snowy Winter Wonderland 6PM-10PM at Regency Stadium in Waldorf

December 9, 2022- A Very Retro Christmas 10AM at Piney Point Light House Museum

December 9-11, 2022- Kris Kringle Market All Day Event at La Plata Fair Grounds

December 10, 2022- Holiday Pop-Up Market With Santa 10AM- 3PM at Vintage By the Bay in Deale

December 10, 2022- Pancakes With Santa 9AM at Career and Technology Center in Lexington Park

December 10, 2022- Photos With Santa 10AM at Greenstreet Garden in Lothian

December 10, 2022- Cocoa With Santa 10AM-12PM at Star Bucks in King George

December 10, 2022- Christmas Walk 4PM at Solomon’s Island

December 10, 2022- Santa is Coming 5PM at Parks Marina Colonial Beach

December 10, 2022- Holiday Party 5PM-8PM at Village Green in Indian Head

December 11, 2022- Dueling Pianos and Photo’s With Santa at Bobby McKeys at National Harbor 11AM 

December 11, 2022- Annual Christmas Bash 12PM at Spider Hall Farm 

December 11, 2022- Cookies With Santa 12PM at Running Hare

December 11, 2022- Santa Sunday 5:30 PM at Annemarie Gardens

December 12, 2022- Santa Paws 12PM at Animal Rescue in Lexington Park

December 12, 2022- Kids Christmas Party 2PM at Indian Head Moose Lodge

December 16, 2022- Skating with Santa 8PM at Capital Club House in Waldorf

December 17, 2022- Bowling With Santa 2PM-4PM at Lord Calvert Bowling in Prince Frederick 

December 17, 2022- Photos With Santa 1PM Pop Up and Grow in Waldorf

December 17, 2022- Linden Farm Holiday Party 2PM Linden Farm in La Plata

December 17, 2022- Breakfast With Santa 8AM-12PM at Newburg VFD

December 23, 2022- Photos With Santa 5PM-7PM Dentsville VFD


One of the things my boys look forward to every year around the holiday season is seeing Santa drive past our house on a fire truck! The following Fire Departments host a Santa run schedule each year. The dates and times will be announced over the next few weeks and I will update this article to keep track of it here!!! Keep in mind inclement weather and emergencies can cause delays or schedule changes.

  • BEL ALTON- SCHEDULE LINK 2022 Santa Run will be Saturday December 10th starting at 5:30 pm in Bel Alton Estates and ending with Sodus Manor off of South Faulkner Road. Only one night this year.
  • BENEDICT VFD- 2022 SCHEDULE LINK This years schedule is as follows: December 16th ~Maxwell Hall and Teagues Point. December 17th ~The Neighborhoods off 231 from Eastern Hills to the Benedict Bridge. December 18th ~The town of Benedict, Sea Gull Beach and the Industrial Park Neighborhoods.
  • BRANDYWINE VFD- SCHEDULE LINK Day 1: Saturday, December 3th, 2022 – Villages of Savannah, Piscataway Landing, Yellow Popular, Danville Estates, Lakeview at Brandywine,  Pleasant Springs, Woodhaven Estates, Lavender Dream Lane, Desert Peace Court, English Point Lane, Dawn Chorus Lane, Chaddsford. Daye Two: Sunday, December 4th, 2022 Oak Barrel Ct- All neighborhoods off Frank Tippet from Crain Highway to Angora Drive. Day 3: Saturday December 10th, 2022- Brandywine Green, Timothy Branch, Missouri Acres, Brandywine Heights, Bank Street, Tower Road, Old Indian Head Rd, North Keys Rd, Martin Rd, Plantation Dr, Cross Road Trail, Cherry Tree Crossing, Prince William Drive, Cheltenham Dr., Tayan Farm Rd, East Shelby Ln, Williams Drive
  • BRYANS ROAD- SCHEDULE LINK Santa will be making his way around town Dec 9th & 10th, 2022. December 9th Bryans Road area and December 10th Pomfret/White Plains area.
  • CHARLES COUNTY EMSLINK SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT*** The Charles County Volunteer Rescue Squad has just received word from Santa Claus himself, and he has let us know he will be joining us in visiting the various neighborhoods in La Plata and the surrounding areas on the following dates! Santa Runs will begin at approximately 6PM and will not last past 8PM. Friday 12/9 Agricopia & King’s Grant. Saturday 12/10 Hickory Ridge, Clark’s Run, Ellenwood, Woodhaven, Robin Road. Friday 12/16 Phoenix Run, Quailwood & Hawthorne Greene. Saturday 12/17 Carmelite Drive/Mimosa Drive, Mt Carmel Estates, Hill Spring Drive, Tiverton, Norwich Ct. Wednesday 12/21 Steeplechase, Locust Grove & Port Tobacco (Shirley, Ann Harbor, Carol, Terry). Friday 12/23- Charleston Terrace, Martin’s Crossing, Patuxent Court, Linden Lane & Frederick Drive.
  • COBB ISLAND- SCHEDULE LINKCIVFD just received word from SANTA on the date and route for this years SANTA RUN! Sunday December 11, 2022 starting at 11am. Watch their Facebook page on December 11th for updated times to your area!
  • DENTSVILLE- SCHEDULE LINKSanta Runs are posted and scheduled for Dec 17th, 18th and 21st. There schedule is very thorough so please check their page to see what night is your neighborhood.
  • HUGHESVILLE- SCHEDULE LINK Santa Run schedule has been posted. Santa can’t wait to see everyone in our community starting November 27, 2022 – December 11, 2022.
  • INDIAN HEAD 10TH DISTRICT- SCHEDULE LINKIndian Head VFD announced Santa will be on his rounds December 23, 2022 starting at 6PM.
  • LAPLATA VFD – SCHEDULE Link– La Plata VFD will not be making rounds to the neighborhoods this year. Santa was escorted to the Holiday Party and Tree Light Ceremony on December 4, 2022. See CHARLES COUBTY EMS.
  • LEONARDTOWN VFD- Schedule LinkLVFD Santa Run schedule has been published. Good ole StNick will make his rounds December 3, 4, 9, 10, 16 &17,  2022 on select nights.
  • MECHANICSVILLE VFD- SCHEDULE LINKThe Mechanicsville Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad will be bringing Santa Claus into your Neighborhood through the dates of December 2 to December 18, 2022. Santa will be riding on a big red firetruck sleigh! An Ambulance will occasionally lead, playing Christmas songs on their PA system. Santa Runs will begin between 5:30 – 6:30 PM and may last up until 9:00 PM. Their crews will cover the streets listed on their site.
  • NANJEMOY VFD- SCHEDULE LINK Nanjemoy Santa runs are scheduled to take place December 16-17, 2022.
  • PRINCE FREDERICK- SCHEDULE LINK– Santa Runs for 2022 are starting December 5th until December 2oth. This years schedule is here.
  • SOLOMONS VRD- SCHEDULE LINKSolomon’s VFD will host Santa Runs December 15th-18th, 2022. Please visit the events section of their Facebook page to see the route schedule.
  • TENTH DISTRICT VFD- SCHEDULE LINKSanta will make his rounds on December 17, 2022, see schedule here.
  • WALDORF VFD COMPANY 3- SCHEDULE LINK – Has NOT announced a schedule. You can always double check back on their page.
  • WESTLAKE STATION 12-  SCHEDULE LINK The schedule was posted without a lot of warning this year. Here is Waldorf 12 Schedule… Tuesday Dec 6: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm:
  • Eutaw Forest, Twinbrook, Heritage Crossing, Caregna Highlands, Brookwood Estates, Spring Valley, Tarrington Place, Robie Manor.
  • Saturday Dec 10: 3:00 pm – 9:00 pm: Charles Crossing Subdivision, Pine Grove Estates, Windsor Mill Subdivison, Middletown Woods, Avalon Subdivision, Berry Valley, Leighland, Meadows, Briarwood, Somerset, Scotland Heights, Woodley Manor, Settle Woods, Linden Grove, Coachmans Landing, Deerwood, Oakwood, New Forrest, Central Park Subdivision, Autumn Hills Subdivision, Fox Chase, Dorchester Greens, Dorchester Mews, Southwinds, Aspen Woods, Hunters Run, Green Haven Subdivison,
  • Tuesday Dec 12: 6:00 pm- 9:00 pm: Old Farm Subdivision, Oak Hill Estates, Billingsley Park, Settle Woods, Brendwood, Linden Grove
  • Saturday Dec 17: 3:00pm – 9:00pm: Berry Hill Manor, Laurel Branch, Friendship Estates, Stone Ridge, North Pointe, Avalon West, Bracy Estates, King Charles Manor, Camelot, Columbia Park Subdivision/ Avon Crest, Magnolia Plantation, Pleasant Hills Estates, Green Acre Estates, Hamphire Parade, Lancaster

***Santa Claus runs are being developed and updated as frequently as possible. Remember emergency calls take priority over Santa runs.***

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