Santa is trading in his sleigh and reindeer for a fire truck as he makes his way around Mernda this weekend.

With the help of the Mernda CFA, the big man in red will be visiting parks south of Bridge Inn Road on Saturday night and north of Bridge Inn Road on Sunday night.

Mernda CFA’s Dean Castle said the annual Santa run is organised by the brigade to help spread Christmas cheer in the community.

“The kids absolutely love it. They take photos with Santa and we hand out lollies,” he said.

For details on where Santa will be visiting, go to www.merndacfa.com