Yaxley sleigh ride is coming to town!

Yaxley’s on-call firefighters are continuing a long-standing tradition of hosting Father Christmas on their annual Yuletide Ride - raising thousands of pounds for charity.

The event is now in it's 44th year and is now so well known amongst residents that locals who have moved away from the village drive more than two hours to come back for the night.

From Monday, December 12, through to Thursday, December 15, the ride will start around 6.15pm and will follow a different route each night around the village, spreading festive cheer as well as raising money for charity.

Last year the event raised around £5,000. Charities to benefit from this year’s event will be The Fire Fighters Charity, Macmillan Cancer and Yaxley Scouts and Guides.

Father Christmas will travel on a wooden train, with Christmas lights and music, with the fire engine riding up front, using its sirens and lights to let people know they are coming.

Catch Santa as he travels through the following locations (see map for the starting point of each day):

  • Blue route - Monday December 12
  • Red route - Tuesday December 13
  • Green route - Wednesday December 14
  • Purple route - Thursday December 15

The Yaxley firefighters will also be at Serpentine Green Shopping Centre in Hampton on Sunday, December 18, from 10am until 4pm.

Crew Commander Jamie Bovington, who is organising the event for a third year, said: “We would like to thank all of the community for their continued support helping us to raise as much money as possible.

“The community spirit, especially the last couple of years, is really good because now people hear about the event on Social Media. People have told me they have moved away from Yaxley but drive two hours to come back for the night to see us.”

To find out more about becoming an on-call firefighter search for "Cambs on-call".