NUTLEY, NJ - After flying in a helicopter and eating pancakes, Santa Claus is coming back to Nutley for his annual ride in one of the Nutley Fire Department trucks. 

The annual trek is decades old and has taken place the third Saturday in December for as long as anyone can remember. For 2018, the ride will take place on Saturday Dec. 15.

TAPinto Nutley caught up with Santa at a few of his recent visits to town to get some of the details about his visits to the township. The reason why we never see the reindeer until the big night is because they are all planning for that global flight. One of the elves told us they are doing a lot of cross-fit and yoga, but unless we see photographic evidence, we cannot confirm that. 

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On the morning of Dec. 15, residents probably won't hear the 'North Pole Express' helicopter because it flies on "Silent Mode' during early morning flights into Nutley. Santa spends a part of his morning warming up with coffee at the Nutley Fire House on High St. He knows how hard the volunteer fire fighters work and likes to spread a little extra holiday cheer there. From there, he makes a journey through town to visit the children of Nutley on a Nutley Fire Truck.

Our confidential source got us the list of places that Santa will be visiting that morning.  The schedule of destinations follows:

  9:30am    Joerg Ave & High St

 9:40am    Mapes & Norman St.

 9:50am    Kingsland St & Edison Ave    

 9:55am    Spring Garden School

10:05am   Raymond Ave & Ridge Rd

10:20am   Radcliffe School

10:30am   Mt Vernon & Bloomfield Ave

10:40am   Harrison St & Van Winkle

10:50am   Lincoln School 

11:00am   REST STOP  

11:30am   Ravine Ave & Harrison St 

11:40am   Prospect St & Vreeland Ave

11:50am   Edgar Ave & Cherry Pl           

12:00pm    Terrace Ave & Glendale St

12:10pm     Lakeside Dr & Wharton Ave

12:20pm     Yantacaw School

 12:30pm     Grant & Whitford Ave

12:40 pm    Yale St & Hancox Ave

 12:50pm     Walnut St & Park Ave

1:00pm      Villa Pl & Grant Ave

1:10pm      Nutley Ave & Walnut St

1:20pm      Highfield Ln & Washington St

1:30pm      North Rd & Rutgers Pl

1:40pm       Walnut St & Howe Ave

1:50pm       Cambridge Heights

2:00pm      Washington School

Just in case it rains, Santa will spend his day with Nutley Fire Fighters so children can visit him in a warm dry location. If it rains, Santa will be at Nutley's three fire houses:  

 9:30 am – 10:20am    High Street Fire House

10:30 am – 11:20am   Chestnut Street Fire Headquarters

12:10 pm – 1:00pm     Park Avenue Fire House

We asked our elf source about what happens if there is a fire and the truck has to leave. We learned that the fire truck will go where it is needed, and Santa will make his way around town in another vehicle. 

All photos are from TAPinto Nutley's coverage of the 2017 ride. And yes, the Grinch did show up in Nutley last year and rode in the Nutley Haz Mat response vehicle. 


Read more about Santa's 2018 visits to Nutley: 

Pancakes and Wish Lists for Santa at Annual Pancake Breakfast hosted by Nutley Volunteer Fire Fighters

As the aroma of pancakes and sausage filled the kitchen, hundreds of guest filled the event hall at the Knights of Columbus for the annual 'Pancake Breakfast with Santa' hosted by the volunteer fire fighters in Nutley.

Santa’s Arrival Brings Christmas Spirit and Local Shoppers to Nutley 

The 57th Annual Santa’s Arrival at the Nutley Park Oval, an event organized by the Nutley Chamber of Commerce and made possible by local businesses, not only provides children in the community an opportunity to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus, but let’s residents know that Nutley is open for business.

Santa Arrives the Traditional Nutley Way, By Helicopter

The bitter cold temperature did not stop children from waiting for the jolly old elf Friday afternoon.  Santa and Mrs. Claus kept the Nutley tradition and flew into town by whirlybird. Over 3,000 Nutleyites lined up outside the Nutley Park Oval fence on Nov. 23 for the 57th annual event, organized by the Nutley Chamber of Commerce.

Local Businesses Make Santa's Arrival by Helicopter in Nutley Possible

The members of the Chamber of Commerce wish everyone a happy, healthy, holiday season and ask you to please remember to always shop Nutley first. For the 57th year bring, the #ShopLocal season kicks off with Santa's arrival at the Nutley Park Oval.  is the only locally owned news organization serving the Township of Nutley and is a member of the New Jersey Press Association. Sign up for our FREE daily eNews. Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter @TAPintoNutley  and Instagram @TAPintoNutley

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