Certain aspects of Noblesville’s annual holiday celebrations will look different this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Mayor Chris Jensen has announced several changes to this year’s events, including the cancellation of the Nov. 29 Christmas Parade and Santa hours at the Christmas Cottage.
In lieu of those activities, there will be a Home for the Holidays Tour featuring Santa. Santa will be joined by city police, fire and street department vehicles through seven routes in Noblesville neighborhoods over the course of two weeks.
“With the rise of COVID-19 cases and state restrictions on large social gatherings, we knew we needed to adjust some of our normal holiday traditions to stay within the safety guidelines we’ve encouraged our residents to take to help limit the spread of the coronavirus,” Jensen stated. “Like many residents, I enjoy our city’s holiday traditions, but the pandemic is making us shift our plans and be creative. As always, public safety is priority number one of our administration.”
Exact routes have not yet been determined but will be similar to the parades that celebrate the end of the year by Noblesville Schools in May. The first route will be Dec. 5.
“The change allows us to take Santa to the people,” Jensen stated. “This alternative brings our residents outside, safely distanced around or in-front of their homes to see Santa without the concern of COVID-19. In addition to seeing Santa, the tour is a great way to thank some of our first responders.”
Although Santa’s visits to the Holidays at the Hill activities at Federal Hill Commons have been canceled, the city did add a mailbox at the Christmas Cottage for children to mail their letters to Santa.
For more, visit cityofnoblesville.org/SantaTour.