Thank you to Fethiye’s very own Grinch, Sian Midgley for the update. We do have to say that Sian had to force her “Grinch face” though for a photograph!

Santa’s Christmas bike ride

Yesterday, 24 local cyclists donned their festive suits and took part in the fifth annual Santa’s Christmas bike ride in Fethiye.

This year’s event, organised by keen cyclist Robert, started at 11am at the Reis Cafe in Akarca.

Fethiye's Santas ride for the fifth year
Organiser, Robert with his wife Anglica and son of family friends, Giray who led the ride.
Fethiye's Santas ride for the fifth year

Riders, many of whom had got into the festive spirit when getting dressed in the morning, cycled from Reis Cafe to the town square in Fethiye for photographs and then to the Meydan Restaurant for a refreshment break.

Fethiye's Santas ride for the fifth year
The ride started at Reis cafe in Akarca
Fethiye's Santas ride for the fifth year
The cycling Santas stopped at Fethiye Town Square for photos
Fethiye's Santas ride for the fifth year
A refreshment break at the Meydan Cafe

The cycling santas (and elves) then cycled back to Çalış, via Şehit Fethiye Bey Parkı, where the ride ended.

Fethiye's Santas ride for the fifth year
Then they were off – back to Çalış where the ride ended.

Along the way riders handed out sweets to smiling, and somewhat bemused, children and provided unexpected entertainment for many of the locals out for their Sunday stroll, who waved and cheered the group on.

One regular participant commented that they were very pleased with the turnout, especially as the dark clouds were rolling in, and hoped that the event would continue to go from strength to strength over the coming years.

Have a look at our cycling Santas photo gallery and video

Thank you to Steve Cook for sharing his video with us.

See you next year

The event takes place every year on the last Sunday before Christmas. You can put it on your new calendar so you don’t forget, although we’ll be reminding you nearer the time.

The cycling Santas (and elves), would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year.