Snow, sledding and Santa at Lancaster Auto Mall this Sunday

LANCASTER – The Lancaster Auto Mall will host a very special appearance by Old St. Nick on Sunday (Dec. 16) benefiting the Grace Resource Center.

The event will feature snow, sledding, and Santa Claus parachuting from an airplane into the Lancaster Auto Mall.

“Each year, the Lancaster Auto Mall offers a number of one-of-a-kind events for local residents such their annual Halloween cruise, this year’s Food Truck Frenzy, and of course, the parachuting Santa,” said Mayor R. Rex Parris. “I would like to thank them for their continued commitment to our community and residents.”

Admission to the event is free.

Attendees are encouraged to bring donations of non-perishable or canned food to the event.

“Christmas is the season for giving, and for enjoying time with your loved ones,” said Tom Fuller, president of the Lancaster Auto Mall Association and co-owner of Hunter Dodge Chrysler Jeep. “The Lancaster Auto Mall dealers encourage all local residents bring their families and friends to enjoy this spectacular holiday event, while benefiting those in need.”

The event will begin at 10:30 a.m., Sunday, Dec. 16, in the Lancaster Auto Mall near Motor Lane and Drivers’ Way.

There will be opportunities to enjoy the snow, a sledding hill and hot cocoa. Santa will “drop by” around noon, and the event will continue until 12:30 p.m.

Local radio station KMIX will provide live coverage of the event. For details, visit

Reminder: CHiPS for Kids Toy Drive at Walmart Sunday

On Sunday, December 16, from 4 to 9 p.m., CHP Officers will be at the Walmarts on Valley Central Way in Lancaster and on 10th Street West in Palmdale in support of the CHiPS for Kids Toy Drive.

Now in its 25th year, CHiPS for Kids is an annual effort by the California Highway Patrol to collect toys from the community and distribute them to underprivileged children for Christmas.

“For some of these kids, this may be the only Christmas toys that they get this year,” said CHP Captain Steve Urrea.

“If you’re doing any shopping out in the Antelope Valley, either in the Walmart in Lancaster or the Palmdale’s Sam’s Club or Walmart, feel free to stop by and drop anything off for the kids that are not going to be able to have a present,” said Walmart Store Manager Trent Blankensip. “We appreciate your help this holiday.”