You know the holiday season has officially begun when Santa Claus rolls through Blackfoot on a shiny red fire engine courtesy of the Blackfoot Fire Department. The Blackfoot firemen will escort Santa from the fire station at 11 a.m. and onto local businesses around town where Santa will listen to children's Christmas wishes.
His first stop will be at the Family Dollar Store, then onto Walgreens, Riverside Plaza, Ridley's and Walmart.
Capt. Dave Krumenacker of the Blackfoot Fire Department, who organizes Santa's visit each year, joked, "Parents are invited to bring the kids and kids are invited to bring their parents to see who is on the 'naughty and nice' list before it's too late."
Krumenacker also mentioned that the fire department is need of new or clean and gently used stuffed toys.
"We give these to Santa so he can give them to the little ones as an early Christmas present when they visit with him," he said.
The toys can be dropped off at the Blackfoot Fire Department (225 N. Ash St.).
Krumenacker said that Santa will also be visiting the caboose by Idaho Potato Museum on Dec. 4.
More details on Santa's Blackfoot schedule throughout the season will be announced when it is confirmed.
For more information call the Blackfoot Fire Department at 785-8605.