In the heart of Lexington County, a heartwarming tradition has been lighting up the streets since December 2020, bringing joy to families and children during the holiday season. The annual “Deputy Claus” experience was created in response to the challenges faced by COVID-19 and has become a beloved event in the community ever since.

As the world grappled with the uncertainties of the COVID-19 pandemic, Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon decided to create a magical experience for the community. Due to the suggestion from the CDC for group activities to be held outdoors rather than indoors and regular meeting spots, such as malls, were not in the picture, Sheriff Koon envisioned a mini-Christmas parade that would allow families to see and interact with Santa Claus safely.

Deputy Claus is now a beloved Lexington tradition and is entering its 4th year this December. Deputy Claus, accompanied by a crew of special helpers and deputies, will tour Lexington County Dec. 12, 14, 18 and 20.

What sets Deputy Claus apart is its community-centric approach. Instead of predetermined routes, the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department invites the community to actively participate in the route planning. The residents of Lexington County participate in a vote for which neighborhoods Santa should visit, ensuring the tour is tailored to the community.

Be sure to keep up with the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department on Instagram, Facebook and X to stay up to date on Deputy Claus’ arrival. On each night of the parade, the community can use the Glympse app to track Santa’s progress during his tours. Just before Santa and his convoy take off each night, LCSD posts a link to the live tracker, allowing families to follow Santa’s journey in real time. 

Although Deputy Claus started as a reaction to difficult times, Lexington County finds it is a tradition that has proved to bring communities together during the holiday season. As this year’s event approaches, the spirit of Deputy Claus continues to shine brightly in Lexington County, reminding us all of the power of community compassion, and the magic of Christmas. 

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