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Operation Santa's Sleigh treats University Hospitals patients, staff to a Christmas lights parade

The parade also rode through Cleveland!

CLEVELAND — Editor's note: The video in the player above is from a previously published story. 

On Thursday night, Clevelanders were treated to a special Christmas lights parade! 

The event, called Operation Santa's Sleigh, is sponsored by Light Ohio Blue. Each year, the group of first responders gathers to drive by local hospitals and veterans center, bringing holiday joy to staff and patients. 

This year, Operation Santa's Sleigh will take place in eight cities across Ohio, including Akron, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, and Sandusky. University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, Seidman Cancer Center, and Rainbow Babies and Children's all got a front-row seat to the joyous event. 

More than 50 Northeast Ohio first responders and public safety vehicles took part, and sources tell us that a famous North Pole resident, a.k.a. Santa Clause, also was present!

Below, you can find the Thursday night parade route in Cleveland:
• Depart from the Playhouse to eastbound Euclid at 8:00pm!.
• At E 93rd, turn Right at the Cleveland Clinic Main entrance and drive slowly around the circle, back out to Euclid.
o Santa will most likely make a brief stop here.
• Turn Right on Euclid to E 105th. Passing the Ronald McDonald House.
• Turn Left on to E 105th Towards the VA, to Magnolia.
• Turn Right on to Magnolia to E 108th. Passing slowly by the VA.
o Santa will most likely make a brief stop here.
• Turn Right on 108, staying straight on to Wade Oval.
• From Wade Oval, Turn Right on to East Blvd and follow it around to Euclid.
• Turn Left on Euclid to UH Drive (Just past Adelbert)
• Turn right on to UH Drive, driving slowly around the horseshoe, past Lerner Tower and the Seidman Cancer Hospital, back out to Euclid

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