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Refurbished Santa Float Ready to Make the Rounds

Nov 24, 2017 10:46AM ● By Jeanne Fratello

The newly refurbished Santa float - photo via Leadership Manhattan Beach Class of 2017

Santa has a brand new sleigh in Manhattan Beach this year, thanks to the Leadership Manhattan Beach Class of 2017, which made preservation of this local tradition its project.

Santa and his elves will be starting earlier than usual, with the first route beginning on the evening of Monday, November 27. The sleigh will tour a different neighborhood for fifteen nights (excluding weekends), ending December 15, 2017. The routes will generally start at 4:45, but check the schedule for full details.

The Manhattan Beach Santa Float is led by the Kiwanis Club of Manhattan Beach, and is staffed
each night by a different community organization. There is no charge to visit the Santa Float on
its nightly routes. The calendar, staffing organizations, dates and a hi-resolution expandable map
of the routes can be seen at

The Leadership Manhattan Beach Class of 2017 chose refurbishing the Santa float as its class project. The Class of 2017 raised funds and contributed to structural repairs and new design enhancements for the float.

Santa's elves also worked with the Manhattan Beach Unified School District to equalize the routes, based on the district’s neighborhood data. The result is that some routes have been slightly adjusted, and an additional night has been added. Santa should be able to complete each nightly route before the kids go to bed, so make sure they have their lists ready.

To find out where the float is in real time, see the LIVE SANTA TRACKER at

Steven Carvel, immediate past president of the Kiwanis Club of Manhattan Beach, said he wanted to extend special thanks to Paul Curry and the Manhattan Beach Police Department Volunteer Police Auxiliary for his planning leadership; to the community members who gave generously to the float renovation project; to Kinecta Federal Credit Union for providing the truck and driver that pulls the sleigh; and to all of the local organizations who staff the float on its routes.

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