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Santa Sailing To Towns & Terminals!


December 10, 2004

Just prior to his annual Christmas Eve sleigh ride, Santa Claus will once again make the time to visit with children in a number of Inside Passage communities via another one of his favorite ways of traveling - the Alaska Marine Highway.

Beginning Sunday, December 12, Santa will make the whirlwind tour to Tenakee Springs, Wrangell, Petersburg, Kake, Angoon, Hoonah and Pelican. After visiting with the children of Pelican on December 17, he'll ferry back to Juneau, hitch up Rudolph and the rest of his reindeer for a sleigh ride back to the North Pole - with plenty of time to begin the second part of his holiday travels.

Depending upon the community, Santa will either visit with children in the terminal or on board the M/V Le Conte. In Angoon, Santa traditionally heads to the elementary school gym; while in Tenakee, Kake and Pelican, where there is no terminal, children will have the chance to sit on Santa's lap onboard the ferry. (A complete schedule is attached.)

"I'm truly fortunate," said Santa taking a break from packing a small (but treat-filled) bag for the ferry trip. "The elves have got everything under control at the North Pole, which gives me the chance to visit a few children ahead of time in these smaller, Inside Passage communities. It's something the kids look forward to each year - and so do I!"

Itinerary: Santa Claus
December 12-17, 2004


Sunday, 12 December 2004
08:45 depart Juneau, M/V Le Conte
16:15 arrive Tenakee Springs: Kids onboard
17:00 depart Tenakee Springs

Wednesday, 15 December 2004
02:45 depart Ketchikan, M/V Le Conte
08:45 arrive Wrangell: Santa in terminal
09:45 depart Wrangell

12:45 arrive Petersburg: Santa in terminal
13:45 depart Petersburg

17:45 arrive Kake: Kids onboard
18:45 depart Kake

Thursday, 16 December 2004
11:15 arrive Angoon: Santa at elementary school
12:15 depart Angoon

16:15 arrive Hoonah: Santa in terminal
17:15 depart Hoonah

20:30 arrive Juneau: Santa to take a quick nap and refill his bag of goodies

Friday, 17 December 2004
04:00 depart Juneau, M/V Le Conte
10:30 arrive Pelican: Kids onboard
11:55 depart Pelican

18:30 arrive Juneau to hitch up his reindeer and sleigh for trip back to North Pole to get ready for Christmas Eve!


Year-round information about Alaska's Marine Highway is available on the web at or by calling, toll free, 1-800-642-0066. (Bookings are now available for travel through September 30, 2005.)

Source of News:

Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities
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