Santa on Wheels bus touring through a Stockton-on-Tees housing estate, with santa waving from the top of the bus.

Live Tracker

Click here for the Santa on Wheels Live Tracker

The popular Santa on Wheels event is returning to Stockton-on-Tees this year, bringing festive cheer to the streets of the borough. The event, which is organised by Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, will see Santa Claus tour the borough on an open-top bus, spreading Christmas cheer to everyone he meets.

Councillor Steve Nelson, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Health, Leisure and Culture, said: “Santa on Wheels has been a hugely popular addition to our events programme for the last couple of years, and we hope everyone is as excited as we are to see it return this Christmas.

“Santa will be on a strict schedule to reach as many streets as possible on his four-night tour, so unfortunately he won’t be able to stop. Santa and his trusty elves will be waving to everyone as they pass. Why don’t you come out and give them a cheer?

“Make sure you check the routes and location tracker each night before they set off so that you don’t miss the big man and his helpers.”

When is Santa on Wheels?

The FREE Santa on Wheels tour will take place over four nights, from Thursday 14th to Sunday 17th December 2023 starting at 4pm each evening. The bus will travel to a different area of the borough each night.

Santa on Wheels Route

Santa on Wheels will visit all areas of the borough over three nights. You can see the route for each day below. Click on the points on the map will show the estimated timings for each location, or expand the section below the map to view street by street details.

Thursday 14 December

This route includes Wynyard, Wolviston, Thorpe Thewles, Stillington, Whitton Village, Redmarshall, Carlton, Elton, Long Newton, Yarm and Kirklevington.

Expand to see street by street timings
4pmStart on The Wynd
 Wynyard Woods
 Stoney Wood Drive
 Wynyard Woods
 The Wynd
4:15pmWellington Drive
 The Wynd
 Hanzard Drive
4:30pmBloomfield Drive
 Exit Hanzard Drive
4:45pmCoal Lane/Wolviston Village
 Durham Road
 High Street
 The Green
 Wynyard Road
 Wynyard Road/Thorpe Thewels
 Durham Road
 A177 Durham Road
 Thorpe Leazes Lane
5:15pmMorrison Street/Stillington
 South Street
 West Street (u-turn)
 South Street
 Morrison Street
 Whitton Road
5:25pmWhitton Village
 Whitton Road
 Redmarshall Road
5:30pmChurch Lane/Redmarshall
 Drovers Lane
5:35pmKirk Hill/Carlton Village
 Letch Lane
 Harrowgate Lane
 Darlington Back Lane
5:45pmYarm Back Lane
5:55pmDarlington Road/Elton
 Darlington Road/Long Newton
6:05pmSanta to rest
6:45pmStart on Urlay Nook Road
 A67 Urlay Nook Road
 Yarm High Street
 Worsall Road
 The Meadowings
7pmDavenport Road
 Everingham Road
 Willey Flatt Lane / Turton Road
 Worsall Road
 Allerton Balk
 Wyecarr Drive
7:15pmMorley Carr Drive
 B1264 Green Lane
 Thirsk Road
 The Larun Beat
7:30pmLeven Road
 Valley Drive
 Mount Leven Road
 Glaisdale Road
 A1044 Green Lane
 A67 Thirsk Road
7:45pmForest Lane/Kirklevington
 Strathmore Drive
 The Green
 Forest Lane

Friday 15 December

This route includes Billingham, Port Clarence, Cowpen Bewley, Norton, Roseworth and Hardwick.

Expand to see street by street timings
3:50pmStart on Roseberry Road
 Wolviston Road
 Whitehouse Road
 Skripka Drive
 Whitehouse Road
 Wolviston Mill Lane
4:05pmThames Road
 Warkworth Road
 High Grange Avenue
 Wallington Road
4:20pmHeaton Road
 Bronte Way
 Longfellow Road
 Marsh House Avenue
 Tunstall Avenue
 Satley Road
 Wolviston Back Lane
4:35pmMarsh House Avenue
 Low Grange Avenue
 Windlestone Road
4:50pmKnole Road
 Marsh House Avenue
 Kenilworth Road
 Melrose Avenue
 Rievaulx Avenue
 Finchale Avenue
 The Causeway
5:05pmPentland Avenue
 Malvern Road
 Station Road
 West Road/Billingham Green
 South View/Billingham Bank
5:20pmNew Road
 Mill Lane
 Belasis Avenue
 Cowpen Lane
 Central Avenue (east of Cowpen Lane)
5:35pmBelasis Avenue
 Hope Street
 Port Clarence Road
 West Street
 Victoria Terrace
 Port Clarence Road
 Hope Street
5:50pmCowpen Bewley Road
 Cowpen Bewley
 Cowpen Lane
 Central Avenue
6:10pmSanta to rest
6:45pmStart on A1027
 Junction Road
 The Glebe
 A1027 Ring Road
7pmNorton High Street/Norton Green
 South Road
 Berkshire Road
 Cheshire Road
 Albany Road
 Southfield Road
 Gladesfield Road
 7:15pmMount Pleasant Road
 Norton Road
 Norton Avenue
 Greta Road
 Leven Road
 Darlington Lane
 Norton Avenue
 A1027 Ring Road
 Darlington Lane
 Rochester Road
7:30pmRomsey Road
 Ragpath Lane
 Redhill Road
 Rosslare Road
 Ragpath Lane
 Junction Road (adj Roseworth)
7:45pmHarrowgate Lane
 Einstein Way
 Piper Knowle Road
 Scurfield Road
 High Newham Road
 Hardwick Road
8pmA177 Durham Road
 Darlington Lane
 Honey Way
 Dover Road
 Maple Road
 Laurel Road
 Myrtle Road
 Appleton Road
 Durham Road

Saturday 16 December

This route includes Thornaby, Hilton, Maltby and Ingleby Barwick.

Expand to see street by street timings
4pmStart on Westbury Street
 Lanehouse Road (Westbury Steet to Thornaby Road)
 Thornaby Road
 Redcar Road
 Thorntree Road
 Pacific Drive
 Diamond Road
4:15pmLanehouse Road (Diamond Road to Acklam Road)
 Acklam Road
 Mitchell Avenue
 Bracknell Road
 Cumbernauld Road
 Mitchell Avenue
 Watton Road
 Chadderton Drive
 Mitchell Avenue
4:30pmBaysdale Road
 Humber Road
 Thorntree Road
 Millbank Lane
 Master Road
4:45pmMartinet Road
 Thornaby Road
 Bader Avenue
 Bassleton Lane
 Charrington Avenue
 Barkston Avenue
 Bassleton Lane
 Bader Avenue
5pmTrenchard Avenue
 Tedder Avenue
 Eltham Crescent
 Cunningham Drive
 Thornaby Road
5:15pmSanta to rest 
5:45pmFox Covert Junction
 Yarm Road, Hilton
 Roger Lane
 High Lane
 Willows Avenue (U-turn)
 High Lane
 Low Lane
6pmWelwyn Road
 Low Lane
 Barwick Way
 Sober Hall Avenue
 Challacombe Crescent
 Pennine Way
 Barwick Way
6:15pmBlair Avenue (Barley Fields Primary)
 Sober Hall Avenue
 Round Hill Avenue
 Blair Avenue
 Marchlyn Crescent
6:30pmBlair Avenue (Snowdon Grove)
 Ingleby Way
 Middle Road
 Wheatear Lane
 Middle Road
 Ingleby Way
 Haresfield Way
 Felbrigg Lane
 Beckfields Avenue
6:45pmPriorwood Gardens
 Beckfields Avenue
 Lowfields Avenue
 Hollybush Avenue
 Thornwood Avenue
7pmLowfields Avenue
 Broom Hill Avenue
 Hillbrook Crescent
 Broom Hill Avenue
 The Rings

Sunday 17 December

This route includes Stockton Town Centre, Parkfield and Oxbridge, Grangefield, Newtown, Bishopsgarth and Elm Tree, Fairfield, Hartburn, Eaglescliffe and Egglescliffe.

Expand to see street by street timings
4pmStart on North Shore Road
 Dugdale Street
 Portrack Lane
 St. Ann’s Terrace
 Gooseport Road
 Eastport Road
 Devonport Road
 Walton Street
 Warrenport Road
 Eastport Road
 Portrack Lane
 Maritime Road
 Allison Street
4:15pmNorton Road
 Stockton High Street
 Bridge Road
 Parkfield Road
 Witton Park
 Overton Way
 Bowesfield Lane
 Mulberry Wynd
 Richardson Road
 4:30pmYarm Road
 Westbourne Street
 Bowesfield Lane
 Yarm Lane
 Oxbridge Lane
 A1027 Oxbridge Avenue
4:45pmGrangefield Road
 Gray’s Road
 Bishopton Road
 Durham Road
5pmA177 Durham Road
 Darlington Lane
 Humbledon Road
 Hebburn Road
 Hamsterley Road
 Humbledon Road
 Darlington Lane
 Norwich Avenue
 Darlington Lane
 5:15pmElm Tree Avenue
 Barrington Avenue
 Elm Tree Avenue
 Bishopton Road West
 Barlborough Avenue
 Alford Lane
 Newstead Avenue
 Barlborough Avenue
 5:30pmBishopton Road West (Our Lady & St Bede)
 Rimswell Road
 Darlington Back Lane
 Bishopton Road West
 5:45pmSurbiton Road
 Killinghall Grove
 Elton Grove
 Kildale Grove
 Aiskew Grove
 Upsall Grove
 Orwell Gardens
 Limbrick Avenue
 Wellburn Road
6pmFairfield Road
 Green’s Lane
 Dunedin Avenue
 Birkdale Road
 6:15pmDarlington Road
 Hartburn Avenue (Northbound)
 Hartburn Avenue (Southbound)
 Hartburn Lane
6:30pmYarm Road
 Sculptor Crescent
 Carina Crescent
 Sculptor Crescent
 Yarm Road
 A135 Yarm Road
6:40pmSanta to rest
7:15pmStart on Yarm Road
 Muirfield Road
 Carnoustie Drive
 Dinsdale Drive
 Turnberry Avenue
 Brookwood Way
 Hoylake Way
 Wentworth Way
 Parkstone Place
 Sunningdale Drive (Shops to Yarm Road)
 Yarm Road
7:30pmButts Lane
 Grisedale Crescent/Egglescliffe Village
 Martindale Grove
 Grisedale Crescent
 Butts lane
 South View
 A67 Urlay Nook Road
 Durham Lane
 Mayfield Crescent
 Durham Lane
7:45pmButterfield Drive
 Greenfield Drive
 Meadowfield Drive
 Greenfield Drive
 Durham Lane
 Chaldron Way
 Royal George Drive
 Diligence Way
 Royal George Drive
 Chaldron Way
 Durham Lane

What to Expect

Expect to see plenty of festive cheer, with Santa Claus and his elves on board the bus, waving to all the children and families. There will also be Christmas music playing and some fun surprises along the way.

How to Get Involved

The best way to get involved in the Santa on Wheels event is to simply stand by the side of the road and watch the bus go by. You can also wave to Santa and his elves. You may want to bring a hot chocolate or glass of mulled wine from your home to keep warm!


Please be aware that there will be a lot of people and traffic around during the Santa on Wheels tour, so please take care and be aware of your surroundings.

Other Information

The Santa on Wheels event is free to attend.

Additional Information

  • The Santa on Wheels event is a great way to get into the Christmas spirit.
  • The event is suitable for people of all ages.
  • The event is a free to attend.

Last Updated on 15 December 2023