Ho!Ho!Ho! organizers are offering residents a chance to ride with Santa Claus on the Station 69 Fire Truck on Saturday, December 17.
Raffle tickets are $40 and can be purchased at the Palisades-Malibu YMCA, 821 Via de la Paz, by phone (310) 454-5591 or at the Y’s Christmas tree lot at Simon Meadow, Temescal Canyon Road and Sunset Boulevard, during operating hours. Only 10 winners will be drawn on December 15 at 5 p.m.
Winners will assemble at Fire Station 69, at Carey Street and Sunset Boulevard, at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, December 17. After a ride through town, all participants will disembark at Simon Meadow, just in time for Ho!Ho!Ho!
Each year, in addition to keeping a community tradition alive, Ho!Ho!Ho! honors local charities that make a difference.
This year, Hanx, a new coffee company founded by Pacific Palisades resident Tom Hanks, was selected. Hanx donates all profits to organizations that care for, and support, veterans and their families.
“Good products for a good reason,” the actor said.
Samples and more information about Hanx coffee and its goals will also be available at the Ho!Ho!Ho! on December 17.
“The Hanx mission has inspired us at Ho! Ho! Ho! to do more this year,” organizers said. “So, we are raising donations that will feed as many people as possible who cannot afford a meal this holiday season.
“We invite everyone to buy raffle tickets for a chance to ride in one of 10 spots atop Fire Station 69’s Ladder Truck as firefighters bring Santa and Mrs. Claus through the center of Pacific Palisades to Simon Meadow and the Ho! Ho! Ho!” Organizers noted that 100 % of donations raised from the raffle will go towards the Y’s weekly food distribution program.
This year the annual Ho!Ho!Ho! will include free popcorn, hot chocolate from Palisades Garden Care and delectables from local eatery Blin Blin.
There will be a photo booth, arts and crafts, reingoats, and performances from Fancy Feet, Gerry Blanck Martial Arts, New Vibe Gymnastics, Bluecat Music Singers and Palisades High School singers – and of course Santa Claus.
The first Ho!Ho!Ho! took place on Dec 2, 1949, and was sponsored by the Palisades Chamber of Commerce.
It featured a community-wide square dance, a film showing at the Bay Theater, and prizes from local shops. In 2018, when the original organizers decided to halt the event, a group of Palisades residents banded together to keep the tradition alive. The Palisades-Malibu YMCA soon stepped up to host the event at the Christmas Tree Lot at Simon Meadow and now organizes the afternoon through the YMCA “Fun Committee” along with local residents and businesses.