The festive spirit soared in Teesside this year as the beloved Santa on Wheels event brought joy and excitement to residents across the borough. From December 14th to 17th, Santa Claus and his trusty elves embarked on a magical journey aboard an open-top bus, waving to enthusiastic crowds lining the streets of Teesside’s towns and villages.

The event, organised by Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, proved to be a resounding success, drawing in hundreds of families and children eager to catch a glimpse of the jolly man in red. Each night, the bus embarked on a different route, covering all corners of the borough, ensuring that no one was left out of the festive cheer.

As the bus cruised along, Santa and his elves showered the crowds with Christmas greetings, waving and waving their arms to the delight of the children. The infectious energy of the crowd was palpable, with everyone joining in the festive spirit, singing along to Christmas carols and snapping selfies with Santa himself.

Prior to the event 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.”

The council’s decision to run Santa on Wheels again in 2023 was met with unanimous approval from the community, allowing even more people to experience the magic of the event. The bus’s varied routes ensured that everyone had the opportunity to see Santa and his elves, creating lasting memories for children and adults alike.

As Santa’s open-top bus made its final rounds on December 17th, leaving behind magical memories, the borough of Teesside was filled with a sense of warmth and goodwill. Santa on Wheels had once again brought the true spirit of Christmas to life, reminding everyone of the joy and togetherness that this special time of year brings.