APPLETON, Wis. (WFRV) – The COVID-19 public health emergency won’t keep Santa Claus from coming to town.

While the coronavirus has canceled the 2020 Downtown Appleton Christmas Parade, organizers say a special guest will make multiple stops to the city.

“Santa Claus is Coming to Appleton” will start on Tuesday, Nov. 24. Every Tuesday evening until Christmas, Santa’s float – accompanied by Appleton Police and Fire Department vehicles – will visit a defferent section of the city from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

Thanks to the City’s GIS team, Appleton residents can see Santa’s tour dates and routes as well
as track his progress online. Follow the big guy on Appleton’s Santa Tracker. Check the online map to see when Santa will visit your part of town.

Santa will visit these areas of Appleton on the following dates:

  • East: Nov. 24
  • Southeast: Dec. 1
  • West: Dec. 8
  • Southwest: Dec. 15
  • North: Dec. 22

While Santa will be safely secured in his sleigh as he visits our community, he asks for residents
to continue to practice COVID-19 safety precautions. Santa encourages Appletonians to wave
to him from inside their homes. If you watch Santa from a public location or from your yard on
his route, please refrain from gathering in groups of 10 or more. Santa encourages everyone to
stay on his “nice” list by wearing your face covering, keeping your distance, and washing your

The Appleton Parade Committee is encouraging Appleton residents and business owners to decorate their homes and storefronts to celebrate the season and enter the “Hope for the Holidays” decoration contest between Nov. 24 and Dec. 8.

Participants can register and vote for their favorite homes and businesses online. Winners will be announced on Dec. 22. The top two residential winners will receive Appleton Downtown gift certificates. The Appleton Northside Business Association will donate $250 to the charity of the winning business’s choice.

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