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Save caroling, Clydesdales, and Santa

Save caroling, Clydesdales, and Santa
Santa and the Clydesdales in 2019.Photo by Melissa Dowling


By Mary Guerrazzi

For twenty years, Glen Ellen has come alive every December with the tradition of a holiday-decorated wagon, complete with Clydesdales, Santa, and a folk guitarist swinging through the streets of our little village.

Outside the Jack London Saloon, children line up in anticipation of carol-singing and Santa visits on a carriage ride through the magical village. The event isn’t complete without hot chocolate and cookies (and maybe something stronger for parents) enjoyed in the saloon after the ride.

This tradition is the result of a chance meeting between a Glen Ellen mom and a Glen Ellen farmer back in 2001. For decades, this farmer has graciously given his time, beautiful horses, and beautiful wagon, without asking for payment. This year, however, the cost of insurance has skyrocketed, putting this tradition in jeopardy.

To continue the annual Caroling with the Clydesdales, the event organizers are inviting the community to donate to the Glen Ellen Forum Save the Clydesdales fund.

To make a tax-deductible donation, visit, press the donate button at the bottom of the page, and select “Santa.” The Jack London Yacht Club has kicked off the fundraising efforts with a generous donation.

This year’s event is tentatively scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 19, from noon to 2 p.m.