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Winter time means that it’s going to be Christmas soon, and Christmas means that Santa Claus will be coming to visit us, hopefully. But it also means that in many parts of the world, large motorcycle parades will be held with bikers dressed as Santa Claus, or at the very least have a Santa hat on.

Santa-on-a-Harley

Usually these parades are done for charity, especially considering the fact that it’s often freezing cold, so people are more inclined to contribute money for a good cause. Most often the causes are toys for children, like the famous Toys for Tots motorcycle runs.

Korea-Santa-Claus-Scooter-Parade-2011

South Korea Santa-Claus Scooter Parade 2011

Santa parades are not only held in North America, you’ll even find them in countries were you would not think Christmas has a traditional meaning. Countries like South Korea will see large parades of motorcycle-riding-Santa. The same in Japan and other Asian countries. But of course you will also find them in Europe and South America.

But lets face it, it’s nice for Santa to go out in his sledge pulled by reindeer, but using cute animals for heavy labor can be seen as cruel to animals, while riding a motorcycle is not only cool, it is also convenient for Santa.

So if you’re able to ride in the winter, and there’s a gathering near to you, why not dress up as Santa, start up your bike, and join the parade. It’s fun, and for a good cause.

If you want to find out what is being done in your area, head on over to the Toys for Tots site. You’ll be able to search by state and then county. Not everything is motorcycle parades, but you’ll be able to help kids in need. And that is what Christmas is all about, right?

Click here to go to the Toys for Tots web site.

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