The city of Salisbury’s 13th Annual Santa’s Workshop Event is coming to Main Street

SALISBURY, Md. — The city of Salisbury is getting ready to throw its 13th Annual Santa’s Workshop Event, but they say things will be quite different this year because of the pandemic.

On Thursday, December 17th, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Santa and his elves will be on Main Street handing out toys donated by Toys For Tots. The event was held on Church Street when it first started and then Truitt Street for the last couple of years.

And for the first time ever, the event will be a drive-thru this year. Drivers will be asked the age and gender of each child in their car to ensure Santa knows who is coming down the street. Organizers say this is all an an effort to give appropriate gifts to the kids.

We’re told the city still wanted to hold the event this year because they felt it was important to spread holiday cheer, even amid a pandemic. Ron Strickler, who is the director of Salisbury’s Housing and Community Development Department, says the workshop is headed in a new direction with the COVID restrictions and that they’ve made some adjustments to keep everyone in attendance safe. Strickler says in part quote, “just because of COVID but we still wanted to bring some of that holiday cheer to the community we felt it was important to make sure we still held some type of event.”

Cloverland and Pepsi also donated some refreshments so they’ll be giving out cookies and milk for kids and soda for drivers. Organizers are also asking those who attend to please wear masks when driving through the event.

Salisbury will also be hosting a 2020 Christmas Parade on Sunday, where Santa, the city’s police department and the fire department will be making their way around the city.

To see if the parade will be making its way down your street, you can visit the city’s website at

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