Ho-Ho-Ho—Point Dume Santa Parade Marks Its 63rd Year of Merriment
• Residents Line the Streets and Sing
BY SUZANNE GULDIMANN
For more than 60 years on Christmas Eve, Santa has paused from his very busy schedule to stop on Point Dume and visit with children, young and old, to share in the magic and wonder of the season.
Malibu lifeguards Bob Burnside and Jack Campbell began the tradition in 1948.
The Kotler, Rondell, and Smith families have once again volunteered to keep the tradition alive and help coordinate Santa's visit.
"It is with great pride that we will continue the tradition of the Point Dume Santa Sleigh Ride this year," Kirby and Honore Kotler told the Malibu Surfside News. "We look forward to watching Christmas wishes come true with all of you."
The parade begins on Cliffside Drive at 5 p.m. Official Santa Stops are located at Grasswood Avenue, Dume Drive (two stops), Bluewater Road, Birdview Avenue, Sea Lion Place, Fernhill Drive, Grayfox Street, Wildlife Road (three stops), Zumirez Drive, Heathercliff Road, and Wandermere Road (twice). A detailed map of the stops is located at: http://tinyurl.com/ptdumesantasleigh
Residents and friends are asked to congregate at designated and marked "Santa Stops" along the route. "For everyone's safety, Santa can only stop at the designated stops. If you cannot make your way to one of the designated stops, please wave and sing a noel as we drive by," Kirby Kotler writes.
Even mythical beings must follow fire regulations, and that Santa's "sleigh must make a U-turn before stopping on streets that end in a cul de sac, like Wandermere and Grayfox.
Point Dume drivers are reminded to use extra caution on Christmas Eve, watch for children, and have patience with any traffic generated by the parade.