Santa Claus is coming to Santa Monica early this year to join city firefighters and police officers in distributing cheer and thousands of candy canes as part of the 18th annual “Candy Cane Drive.”

The public is invited to join in the Candy Cane Drive at various locations Saturday, Dec. 4.

Santa’s scheduled stops include:

10:30 – 10:50 a.m., Douglas Park – California Avenue and 25th Street;

11 -11:15 a.m., Christine Reed Park – California Avenue and Lincoln Boulevard;

11:25 – 11:50 a.m., Third Street Promenade and Wilshire Boulevard;

1:15 – 1:30 p.m., Virginia Avenue Park – 2200 Virginia Ave.;

1:45 – 2 p.m., Marine Park- Marine and 17th streets; and

2:15 – 2:30 p.m., Clover Park – Ocean Park Boulevard and 25th Street parking lot.

Santa Monica children are encouraged to look and listen for the lights and sirens of the public safety vehicles, while parents are encouraged to bring their cameras.

For more information, the Santa Monica Police Department Community Relations Unit at (310) 458-8474.