Santa Arrives in Savannah by Riverboat

When we think of Santa Claus coming to town, most of us picture him arriving in a sled pulled by his mighty team of reindeer. But here in the Coastal Empire, Santa sometimes travels by riverboat. "With no snow in the forecast, Santa has left his sleigh at the North Pole this year," said Capt. Jonathan Claughton with the River Street Riverboat Company.

Santa wants to make sure all the boys and girls receive something special this holiday season. "They collect toys for the kids and we bring the toys over to the kids that are in need and we, the fire department and all the firemen, they really love that," he said.

For the past six years the River Street Riverboat Company has joined forces with the Savannah Fire Department collecting new unwrapped toys. Toys that are in great need. "Any child who brings an unwrapped toy with an accompanied adult can ride the riverboat free and meet Santa and give them their wish list and get their photos taken on Santa's lap," explained Capt. Claughton.

While many children get to enjoy spending time with Santa, telling him what's on their wish list, others never get the opportunity. So on this trip, children are learning a very important lesson about giving.

"The children are getting an opportunity to learn about donating something, giving at this time of year," said Matt Stanley with the Savannah Fire Department. "Something little children don't get to see they're all about receiving the toys, but they're learning about giving, which is really great."

If you would like to take a ride with Santa, here's the schedule:

Saturday November 27th, at 2pm and 4pm
Sunday, November 28th, at 2pm
Saturday, December 4th, 11th and 18th at 2pm

Children who bring a new unwrapped toy cruise free with a paid adult. Pictures with Santa are available with purchase.

And Santa will also be joining us for our Tree of Light celebration. It starts tomorrow night at 6:45pm in Forsyth Park. If you can't make it, you can watch it live at 7:30pm on WTOC.

Reported by: Nicole Teigen,