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Despite the ongoing pandemic, Santa Claus is coming to town.

The Ashford Lions Club is once again bringing back the annual Ashford Santa Sleigh Tour for its seventh outing.

The Ashford Lions' annual fundraiser is a firm favourite of the season. Picture: Ellie Crook
The Ashford Lions' annual fundraiser is a firm favourite of the season. Picture: Ellie Crook

Beginning in 2014, the club has only had to cancel one night since 2014.

Unlike previous years, Santa will not be making stops along the way to ensure Covid-safety is maintained.

Starting on December 7, the festive favourite has already visited Knight’s Park Coulter and Langley Roads, Bybrook and South of Brookfield Road.

Still to come are:

  • Tuesday, December 8 - Bybrook
  • Wednesday, December 9 - South of Brookfield Road
Santa has been already been touring the area in the lead up to Christmas. Picture: Ellie Crook
Santa has been already been touring the area in the lead up to Christmas. Picture: Ellie Crook
  • Thursday, December 10 - Godinton Park
  • Saturday, December 12 - Singleton Hill
  • Sunday, December 13 - The Ridge & Tritton Fields
  • Monday, December 14 - Kennington Lees
  • Tuesday, December 15 - Hythe Road & Finbury
  • Wednesday, December 16 - Park Farm & Bridgefield
  • Saturday, December 19 - South Willesborough
  • Sunday, December 20 - Highfield, Willesborough & Twelve Acres
  • Monday, December 21 - Quantock Estate
  • Tuesday, December 22 - Sandilands and Osborne Road
  • Wednesday, December 23 - Beaver Road & Jemmett Road
Santa's sleigh is lit up to bring festive cheer to any who see it. Picture: Ellie Crook
Santa's sleigh is lit up to bring festive cheer to any who see it. Picture: Ellie Crook

The Ashford Lions Facebook page includes links to a tracker, which can help people time when and where to see Santa as he passes.

If you want to pre-plan, more detailed information can be found on the Lions' website.

The annual tradition is the Ashford Lions Club's largest fundraiser, and Santa's little helpers will be bringing along card readers this year for contactless donations.

Alternatively you can donate to the Ashford chapter of the international charity by clicking here.

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