|The 2017 Santa's Ride stopped by Mason Crest Elementary School in Annandale.|
Santa’s Ride has been an annual tradition in Fairfax County since 1988.
Each year, a contingent of law enforcement officers on Harleys accompany Santa as they make the rounds of a handful of schools throughout the county. Students are let out of class to come outside and greet Santa and his helpers.
In addition to the FCPD Motor Squad, the contingent includes officers from the Fairfax County and Falls Church sheriff’s offices and the Vienna, Fairfax City, Herndon, and state police departments.
The donated toys will be given to children at Inova Fairfax Hospital, Lombardi Cancer Center at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, and to children in the community who might not otherwise have a cheerful holiday season.