By Alex Haglund
Sirens. Horns. Flashing lights.
It wasn’t a fire, but the Nashville Fire Protection District’s new ladder truck was pulling up to the L&N Depot in Nashville, with crowds of children and families waiting out front, early in the afternoon on Saturday, November 25.
While a firefighter was driving, it was the man in the backseat that most of the people there were out to see – he wore red, but it was a velvet suit, trimmed in white fur, that he wore, not firefighting turnout gear.
“Ho ho ho!’ Santa Claus greeted the gathered crowd as he stepped down from the firetruck.
Mrs. Claus waited to greet Santa, and hand-in-hand, they worked their way through the crowd, with Santa taking time to say hello to all the children who waited for him.
Inside the Depot, Santa sat for photos with the children, courtesy of Nashville photographer Rachael Kreid.
“Ho ho ho!’ Santa Claus greeted the gathered crowd
After pictures, children could get a cookie, or check out the new train set that has been put in at the Depot.
The new train set was just put in at the Depot, by David Rolf, who was running two trains Saturday, one of which was marked as the Polar Express. Nearly all of the landscape that the trains ride through was handmade by Rolf.
Saturday marked Santa’s arrival in Nashville for the season.
He will be at the L&N Depot from now through just before Christmas.
On weekends, Saturday December 2, 9, 16, and Sunday, December 17, Santa will be at the Depot from 2 to 4 pm.
Closer to Christmas, Santa will have some weekday hours. He will be at the Depot from 4 to 6:30 pm on Tuesday through Friday, December 19, 20, 21 and 22.