Santa on motorcycle to depart from Rosedale
It is common knowledge that Santa Claus usually travels across the world, from house to house, in a sleigh. But on Saturday, December 8, St. Nick will switch up his ride to a Harley Davidson motorcycle during this year’s Baltimore Santa Launch event. Starting at 1 p.m., a group of decorated motorcyclists will depart from the Harley Davidson of Baltimore Store on 8845 Pulaski Highway in Rosedale on a holly-jolly journey to 34th St. in Hampden.
Kevin Goodman, the event’s official Santa Claus, will be leading the caravan with his own Harley dressed up as Rudolph the reindeer, complete with a big, red nose and sleigh-riding decor. He explained that the event used to be a Christmas tradition for the area, but it stopped a few years back.
“It has always made the children, and many adults, of Baltimore very happy,” he said, adding that he decided to start it up again this year because he knew he would have support from other riders. “I decided that we needed to do it again. We’re just doing it to bring joy and happiness to people.”
The group will ride counterclockwise around 6-95 to exit 11, to 95 North, to 395 Downtown.
Then, they’ll ride through the Inner Harbor before proceeding to Pratt St. where they will exit downtown on 83 North to Exit 8 and over to Falls Rd. which will drop them right off right at 34th
St. where onlookers can meet them and take pictures with Santa.
People are encouraged to watch the roving and revving Santa Clauses from the 6-95 bridge overpasses, or along the route, or at the final stop on 34th Street.
Goodman said that people of all ages will honk and wave as they ride by. All riders are encouraged to dress in their holiday best, but he said, with a laugh, that all of them are absolutely required to wear reindeer antlers on their helmets.
Goodman is a Carney resident, though if you ask him, he’ll say he is from the North Pole. He is one of the most prominent Santas in Baltimore, often leading the mayor’s Christmas Parade and participating in various events for charities such as the Ronald McDonald House.
Now, did he become Santa Claus?
“If you got a white beard, you can shave it off or you can be Santa and I chose the latter,” he answered.
And it’s not just in December that Goodman embraces the resemblance. He said that little kids will sometimes stop him on the street, asking him if he’s Santa, even it’s in the summer and he’s not wearing red.
Goodman said that visiting the famous decorated blocks of 34th St. is an “amazing experience every year” because he gets to meet people from all over the world who came to Baltimore to take in the classic holiday sights. Once, he was even interviewed by a Russian news station.
Another Santa Launch will be taking in Darlington the same weekend.