It is a long-standing tradition that Santa Claus makes his annual pilgrimage through the streets of Harker Heights on Christmas Eve before delivering gifts to good boys and girls.

Some residents will catch a quick glimpse as Santa rolls down a few selected city streets aboard a Heights fire truck, while others will get a closer look at predesignated stops along the route.

Santa’s tour of Heights begins at 6 p.m. Tuesday. Two routes were implemented this year to cover the most ground. A route out of the Central Fire Station will cover 59 streets and another route out of Station 2 will cover 80 streets, according to Santa’s helpers. Both routes include stops at Harker Heights Elementary School, H-E-B, Union Grove Middle School, Harker Heights High School and Lakeside Convenience Store. Santa will be available at the stops for photos, mingling with the crowd and distributing candy.

In an effort to provide the best possible fire and EMS coverage for residents while maintaining the Christmas Eve tradition, the fire department will escort Santa through the city along the adjusted routes rather than every street in town, according to fire department officials.

Officials remind all residents, especially parents and children, to not run into the street as Santa’s escorts make their way along the route.

“Keep a safe distance because he’ll be tossing candy into front yards along the route,” said Leandra Scottini, Harker Heights Fire Department’s administrative assistant.

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