Santa Comes to Town by Boat, 1965

He says, "Ho, ho, ho for the kids on the coast."

By Bethany Ritz December 22, 2022

One of several of Joseph Janney Steinmetz's images of Christmas in Sarasota that became postcards.

In 1965, Santa Claus traveled to Sarasota by boat—as he does for all coastal gift deliveries. The Dutch have long believed that the boat is the main mode of travel for Santa Claus (there called Sinterklaas) and the Gary Fjellgaard song appears to confirm "Santa Claus Comes by Boat" in Canada, too. Keep your eye on the canals and our watery horizon on Christmas Eve, get your cookies and milk ready and see if you can stay awake long enough to catch a glimpse of ol' St. Nick.

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