Santa Claus is coming to town early this year and Santa Monica’s firefighters and police officers will help him distribute good cheer and thousands of candy canes as part of the 17th annual “Candy Cane Drive” Saturday, December 5th.

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.

Santa is scheduled to stop in Santa Monica at the following times and locations:

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

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

– 11:25 to 11:50 a.m. at the Third Street Promenade and Wilshire Boulevard;

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

– 1:45 to 2 p.m. at Marine Park, Marine and 17th streets; and- 2:15 to 2:30 p.m. at Clover Park, Ocean Park Boulevard and 25th Street parking lot.

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