Santa's Sleigh

Santa and his Sleigh, our popular Christmas float touring the streets of Pinner.

Santa and his Sleigh - now a Pinner Christmas Tradition

2014 marked the beginning of the new era of the traditional Christmas float touring the streets of Pinner, brought to you by the Rotary Club of Pinner with our newly built sleigh. Popular with children and with their parents, Santa's Sleigh has become an integral part of the Christmas festivities in Pinner.

2020 - the Covid year. The sleigh trips hung in the balance while we debated whether we could safely build the sleigh and tour the streets without putting our members and the public at risk. With regulations changing almost daily, a decision was finally made and the sleigh project went ahead, the last trip taking place only days before Tier 4 restrictions were introduced.

The unprecedented circumstances prevented our usual house to house bucket collection, but technology came to the rescue. A combination of online and text donations, a sleigh tracker app so you knew where to find us, plus a limited bucket collection yielded nearly £2,000 in total. With additional individual and corporate donations we raised £2,500 to divide between our chosen charities: St Luke's Hospice and HAD: Harrow Association of Disabled people. A big thank you to the residents of Pinner for their support and generosity.

Why doesn't Santa's Sleigh visit our road?

2014 was the first year that the Rotary Club of Pinner started touring the streets with Santa’s Sleigh. Although many residents remember a sleigh in their street years ago, that was probably either the Lions or Round Table. It’s a large undertaking for our Rotary club, from designing and building the sleigh and planning the routes, through finding enough volunteers each year to deliver flyers and take the sleigh around the streets. We would always welcome volunteers to help us each year.

Our Sleigh routes are very carefully selected and are reviewed each year. Our overriding concern is to ensure the sleigh can travel safely. So, we consider a number of issues such as the width of streets and the number of parked cars – so we can manoeuvre the sleigh – and wherever possible we avoid bus routes or main roads. It’s also important to limit how far Santa’s helpers have to walk during the evening’s trip. 

Each year since we started Santa’s Sleigh, residents have contacted us asking if Santa can visit their road or can we offer sleigh rides, or can they book Santa’s Sleigh for private events or can we take our sleigh to other towns! Sadly, we can’t consider most of these requests. We just try to visit as many streets as we can in the weeks leading up to Christmas as we know it brings a lot of happiness to the children of Pinner. 

November 2014 - building a brand new sleigh

Creating a brand new sleigh proved to be an exciting challenge for a group of enthusiastic Pinner Rotarians, ably directed by our structural engineer Jez. The early stages involved a lot of red paint - and not just on the sleigh! But finally the end product emerged and was much admired as it toured the streets for the first time.

Looking well constructed...
Looking very red....
Looking like a sleigh!
Fixing the lights and sound
Looking good from behind
Out on the road at last!

Santa's Sleigh sub-pages:

Santa and his well protected elf

Santa's Sleigh 2020

more Socially distanced Santa - some Christmas cheer to end a difficult year

Santa ready to go!

Santa's Sleigh 2019

more Thank you for braving the rain to make this another enjoyable and successful year.

Our sleigh looking very merry and bright!

Santa's Sleigh 2018

more Another enjoyable year touring Pinner, bringing pleasure to young and old and collecting for our President's charity

Santa in his sleigh ready to entertain the children (and adults) in Pinner

Santa's Sleigh 2017

more Santa and his big red sleigh toured the streets of Pinner on various nights from 13th to 21st December.

Everyone enjoys a sleigh ride!

Santa's Sleigh 2016

more Another successful year bringing fun to the children of Pinner

Santa ready to go and meet the children

Santa's Sleigh 2015

more Santa's Sleigh had another successful outing in 2015

Santa's Sleigh 2014

more Santa's Sleigh makes a welcome return to the streets of Pinner