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Santa visits Omak and Okanogan

Annual trek will be led by fire sirens

— Santa Claus will be visiting many Omak and Okanogan neighborhoods this week.

Business leaders, deputies and firefighters will be escorting the jolly ol’ elf.

“Listen for the fire sirens,” sleigh coordinator Roger Harnack said, noting Santa’s annual tour — escorted by fire trucks — begins at 5:30 p.m. nightly through Thursday.

Santa’s sleigh was expected in North Omak on Tuesday and the central-southern part of Omak on Wednesday. Santa is slated to make his way through Okanogan on Thursday night.

Parents should monitor The Chronicle’s website and Twitter feed for Santa’s location.

While the sleigh brings Santa Claus to children, it also serves as a collection point for residents wishing to donate non-perishable items to area food banks, Harnack said. Just bring your non-perishable items to volunteers assisting Santa.

Tuesday’s tour was expected to start near Omache Shopping Center and work its way toward the Wildwood subdivision, ending on the north side of downtown, Harnack said.

The sleigh will not make it to the Sand Flat area, he said. So, parents with youngsters there are encouraged to try to find Santa’s sleigh in town.

On Wednesday night, the sleigh is expected to complete the central and southern parts of the city.

On Thursday, Santa is expected to arrive in Okanogan near the Okanogan County Public Utility District headquarters. The tour will work its way south from there, wrapping up in the area of Virginia Granger Elementary School.

An Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office deputy is expected to lead the entourage Thursday night.

A different sleigh traditionally serves East Omak, Malott and Nespelem. As of press time, that sleigh’s schedule was not available.

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