Santa Tour

Mills River Santa Tour 2023

Santa on Fire truck

Saturday, December 9

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


The Mills River Fire Department, in partnership with the Mills River Parks and Recreation Department and the Henderson County Sheriff's Office, will be bringing Santa Claus to Mills River neighborhoods on Saturday, December 9. Santa will be traveling through Town on a big red fire truck bringing holiday cheer to the boys and girls of Mills River. The Santa ride-along will begin at 9:00 a.m. and we hope to complete our Santa Route by 5:00 p.m. Due to Mills River's size and mountainous roads, we will not be able to travel up each road but will pass through as many neighborhoods as possible. For those not along Santa's Route, we will have designated "Santa Sightings" for folks hoping to catch a glimpse of the jolly old elf and get a candy cane from his little helpers.

Check this page on the day of the event to view the "Santa Tracker" map, and be sure to follow our Facebook Page for updates!

Santa Sightings

If Santa is not able to travel down your street, catch him at a "Santa Sighting" spot. At these sightings, Santa will drive through the parking lots and Santa's helpers will give out candy canes to children . The following facilities have agreed to be designated "Santa Sighting" spots.  


High Vista Country Club
88 Country Club Rd.

Glenn Marlow Elementary School
1885 Butler Bridge Rd.

North River Farms
3333 N. Mills River Rd.

Mills River Elementary School
94 School House Rd.

Contact Us


For more information about this event, please contact the Parks and Recreation Department at recreation@millsriver.org or 828-890-2901.