Father Christmas is making his way to Darlington once again as Darlington Bondgate Round Table prepares for another chokka December.

The group has been organising Santa’s sleigh ride in and around Darlington for decades and it’s not just the children who can’t get enough of the man in the big red suit.

The team behind the event continues to raise money each year and the generosity of Darlington people never ceases to surprise them.

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Here is a list of all routes in and around Darlington throughout December:

  • Sunday, December 4 - Middleton St George
  • Monday, December 5 - Red Hall, Lingfield and Firth Moor
  • Tuesday, December 6 – Conniscliffe
  • Wednesday, December 7 – Hummersknott
  • Thursday, December 8 – West Park and High Grange
  • Sunday, December 11 – Hurworth
  • Monday, December 12 – Mowden
  • Tuesday, December 13 – Brinkburn, Branksome and Cockerton
  • Wednesday, December 14 – Whinfield
  • Thursday, December 15 – Elton Road
  • Saturday, December 17 – High Row
  • Sunday, December 18 - Harrogate Hill & Springfield
  • Monday, December 19 – Skerne Park

The Northern Echo: Darlington Bondgate Round Table uses donations for local causes in DarlingtonDarlington Bondgate Round Table uses donations for local causes in Darlington (Image: Tracy Kidd Photography)

Between £7,000 and £10,000 is raised each year and the money is always donated to local causes.

Darlington Carnival, First Stop, and Bike Stop are examples of good community causes that have benefitted from the selfless act the team does.

Individuals also benefit from Santa and his helpers though, and the team encourages anyone who finds themselves in times of hardship to get in touch through either the Darlington Bondgate Round Table Facebook page or the Santa Satnav Facebook page.

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