Continuing a 20-year tradition, Santa will visit the Woodside Fire Protection District stations on Wednesday, Dec. 14.
Families are invited to climb on fire trucks and enjoy cookies, candy canes and cocoa from 7 to 9 p.m. Everyone is encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy for the Toys for Tots drive. Toy collection bins will remain outside the stations until Dec. 22.
The three stations are at 3111 Woodside Road in Woodside, 135 Portola Road in Portola Valley, and 4091 Jefferson Ave. in Emerald Hills.
Battalion Chief Jerry Nave says the firefighters have been hosting holiday open houses for so many years; they're now seeing second-generation visitors.
"It's a small community, that's why we like it," he says, recognizing some young married people who grew up in the area and are now bringing their babies to the stations for photo opportunities with Santa.
The stations are decorated with colorful characters the firefighters cut out of plywood and painted when they started the tradition years ago.
By Kate Daly