Each year, in the weeks before Christmas, Santa ditches the sleigh for a fire truck to visit our community. Saint Nick (and the wonderful volunteers of the Coast’s rural fire brigades) hit the streets in their big red trucks – sirens blaring and lights flashing – to throw lollies from the windows and to wish everyone a very merry Christmas.

This year, of course, will be a little different. While many of the rural fire brigades hope to continue with their planned Santa runs, the fires in our region mean that many Santa runs may not occur.

Some stations have released dates; others are waiting to see what the weather holds. We will update this feature as we hear more, but please be aware that dates and plans for all stations may change without notice.

Find your suburb below for details on when Santa’s fire truck will be in your area.

Want to donate?

We know of a lot of readers who have been wanting to help the RFS. We spoke with the Fire Control Centre and they said if you feel compelled, the best way you can help is to donate goods to the Fire Control Centre (105 Arizona Rd, Charmhaven) and they will then distribute it to all stations. Donations that come in handy include: packaged snack foods that don’t melt, such as muesli bars, trail mix, protein bars; electrolyte drinks (Powerade and Gatorade); hand sanitiser and sunscreen (in small tubes that can be given to individuals).


Thank you to all the wonderful volunteers who put on these special Santa days and for your tireless work in keeping us all safe – both now and always.

AVOCA BEACH |Tuesday 24 December. Click here for more details from Avoca Beach Rural Fire Brigade

BENSVILLE | Thursday 12th December. Click here for updates and more details from the Empire Bay/Bensville Rural Fire Brigade

BERKELEY VALE | The Berkeley Vale Rural Fire Brigade have said, “At this stage we do have plans however these may change without notice. We will unfortunately have to prioritise operational commitments this year. We love the Santa runs and it’s not Christmas until we bring Santa around to the community.” They will endeavour to keep us posted and you. Keep an eye on their Facebook page.

BLUE HAVEN | Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th December (from 5pm). Visit Doyalson Fire & Rescue Station for more details and to follow the Santa tracker.

BUDGEWOI | Saturday 7th December. Due to the ongoing fire activity in the Greater Sydney & Hunter areas, all vehicles and crews are not available this year to conduct their normal Santa run. Instead, Santa has suggested that you some meet him at the following local areas.
+ 9am Corner of Woolana & Lilo Ave

+ 10:30am Doyle Ave (Budgewoi Public School)
+ 11:30am Scenic Circle Reserve
+ 1pm Halekulani Reserve
+ 2:30pm Lions Park
Click here for more details and maps from Lake Munmorah Rural Fire Brigade.

Image from Copacabana Rural Fire Brigade

BUFF POINT | Sunday 15th December (1pm-5pm). Visit the Charmhaven Rural Fire Brigade Facebook page and follow their Glympse app for live updates.

CANTON BEACH |Saturday 7th December (1pm-5pm). Visit the Charmhaven Rural Fire Brigade Facebook page and follow their Glympse app for live updates. 

CHAIN VALLEY BAY | Click here for updates from Lake Munmorah Rural Fire Brigade.

CHARMHAVEN | Tuesday 24th December (5pm-7.30pm). Visit the Charmhaven Rural Fire Brigade Facebook page and follow their Glympse app for live updates. 

COPACABANA | Tuesday 24th December (3pm-6pm).Visit the Copacabana Rural Fire Brigade Facebook page for updates.

DOYALSON | Friday 13th December (from 5pm). Visit Doyalson Fire & Rescue Station for more details and to follow the Santa tracker.

EAST GOSFORD |Tuesday 24th December Visit Brisbane Waters Rural Fire Brigade Facebook page for updates.

EMPIRE BAY | Saturday 14th December. Click here for updates from the Empire Bay/Bensville Rural Fire Brigade

ERINA | Tuesday 24th December Visit Brisbane Waters Rural Fire Brigade Facebook page for updates.

FORRESTERS BEACH | Click here for updates from Wamberal Rural Fire Brigade

GOROKAN | Sunday 8th December (9.30am-5.30pm). Visit the Charmhaven Rural Fire Brigade Facebook page and follow their Glympse app for live updates. 

GREEN POINT |Tuesday 24th December Visit Brisbane Waters Rural Fire Brigade Facebook page for updates.

GWANDALAN |Santa truck run on Tuesday 24th December | Have your photo taken with Santa ‘inside’ Gwandalan-Summerland Point Fire Station on Sunday the 22nd of December (6pm-8.30pm) for a “Gold Coin” donation! The Station will be transformed into a Christmas-themed wonderland. They’ll also have a BBQ with all proceeds raised going towards the Brigade’s Members Christmas party. Contact the Gwandalan – Summerland Point Rural Fire Brigade for more details

HALEKULANI | Saturday 7th December. Due to the ongoing fire activity in the Greater Sydney & Hunter areas, all vehicles and crews are not available this year to conduct their normal Santa run. Instead, Santa has suggested that you some meet him at the following local areas.
+ 9am Corner of Woolana & Lilo Ave

+ 10:30am Doyle Ave (Budgewoi Public School)
+ 11:30am Scenic Circle Reserve
+ 1pm Halekulani Reserve
+ 2:30pm Lions Park
Click here for more details and maps from Lake Munmorah Rural Fire Brigade.

KARIONG | Tuesday 24 December. Click here for updates from Kariong Rural Fire Brigade.

KINCUMBER | Monday 23rd December (3pm-6pm). Visit the Copacabana Rural Fire Brigade Facebook page for updates.

KINGFISHER SHORES | Click here for updates from Lake Munmorah Rural Fire Brigade.

LAKE HAVEN | Friday 20th December (5pm-8pm). Visit the Charmhaven Rural Fire Brigade Facebook page and follow their Glympse app for live updates. 

LAKE MUNMORAH | Saturday 21st December. Click here for more details from Lake Munmorah Rural Fire Brigade.

LISAROW | Visit the Narara Rural Fire Brigade Facebook page for updates.

MANNERING PARK |Sunday 22 December (7pm). For one special night, Santa is visiting the Mannering Park fire station. There will be Christmas lights, Christmas carols and the opportunity to have your photo snapped with Santa! Plus they’ve even covered dinner and sweets: OSKAR & CO will be selling dinner food and Exotic filled candy & Licorice central Coast will take care of dessert. They will also be doing a Santa run on Christmas Eve.  Visit Mannering Park Rural Fire Brigade’s Facebook page for more details.

Image from Mannering Park Rural Fire Brigade

NARARA | Visit the Narara Rural Fire Brigade Facebook page for updates.

NIAGARA PARK | Visit the Narara Rural Fire Brigade Facebook page for updates.

NORAVILLE NORTH | Saturday 7th December (9am-12.30pm).  Visit the Charmhaven Rural Fire Brigade Facebook page and follow their Glympse app for live updates. 

NORAVILLE SOUTH |Saturday 7th December (9am-12.30pm). Visit the Charmhaven Rural Fire Brigade Facebook page and follow their Glympse app for live updates. 

NORTH GOSFORD | Visit the Narara Rural Fire Brigade Facebook page for updates.

ROCKY POINT | Check out the Wadalba Rural Fire Brigade Facebook page. They’ll be loading details on their Facebook page.

SAN REMO | Friday 13th and Saturday 14th December (from 5pm). Visit Doyalson Fire & Rescue Station for more details and to follow the Santa tracker.

SPRINGFIELD | Tuesday 24th December Visit Brisbane Waters Rural Fire Brigade Facebook page for updates.

ST HUBERTS ISLAND | Friday 13th December. Click here for updates from the Empire Bay/Bensville Rural Fire Brigade

SUMMERLAND POINT | Santa truck run on Tuesday 24th December | Have your photo taken with Santa ‘inside’ Gwandalan-Summerland Point Fire Station on Sunday the 22nd of December (6pm-8.30pm) for a “Gold Coin” donation! The Station will be transformed into a Christmas-themed wonderland. They’ll also have a BBQ with all proceeds raised going towards the Brigade’s Members Christmas party. Contact the Gwandalan – Summerland Point Rural Fire Brigade for more details

TACOMA | Check out the Wadalba Rural Fire Brigade Facebook page. They’ll be loading details on their Facebook page.

TERRIGAL | Tuesday 24th December Visit Brisbane Waters Rural Fire Brigade Facebook page for updates.

TOUKLEY NORTH | Saturday 7th December (9am-12.30pm). Visit the Charmhaven Rural Fire Brigade Facebook page and follow their Glympse app for live updates. 

TOUKLEY SOUTH |Saturday 7th December (1pm-5pm). Visit the Charmhaven Rural Fire Brigade Facebook page and follow their Glympse app for live updates. 

TUMBI UMBI | Friday 13 December. Follow their Facebook page to see what streets Santa is and where.

WADALBA | Check out the Wadalba Rural Fire Brigade Facebook page. They’ll be loading details on their Facebook page.

WAMBERAL | Click here for updates from Wamberal Rural Fire Brigade

WATANOBBI |Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th December. They will provide a tracking tool so you can monitor their progress on the day. Click here for updates from Wadalba Rural Fire Brigade.

WOONGARRAH | Saturday 21st December (Woongarrah North; 1pm-5pm) and Sunday 22nd December (Woongarrah South; 1pm-5pm). Visit the Charmhaven Rural Fire Brigade Facebook page and follow their Glympse app for live updates. 

WYOMING | Visit the Narara Rural Fire Brigade Facebook page for updates.

WYONG | Check out the Wadalba Rural Fire Brigade Facebook page. They’ll be loading details on their Facebook page.

Thank you to all the wonderful volunteers who put on these special Santa days and for your tireless work in keeping us all safe throughout the year.


❤︎ Are you part of a rural fire station we’ve missed? Please send us an email with your Santa routes and we’ll be sure to include you: info@playinginpuddles.com.au