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Santa Makes a Flying Visit to Lyncrest

Kids meet Santa
Kids meet Santa and his plane in the snow.

Kids meet Santa
Robert Dearden captures a tender moment with Santa.

By Jill Oakes, EAA 626188, member Winnipeg EAA Chapter 63, Regional Director for RAA

It truly was a most amazing experience - none of us had ever seen so many children and adults absolutely quiet - listening to Santa's ho ho ho's as he landed!

Families living in the Lyncrest area near Winnipeg were treated to a surprise one Saturday morning in December when Santa Claus was heard on the airport radio coming in for a landing. About 50 children and parents were playing in the Lyncrest community centre, sipping on Jim Goold's hot chocolate. As soon as they heard Santa's familiar ho ho ho's, it became totally quiet, and everyone was glued to the windows straining for a glimpse of Santa as he landed in the blowing snowstorm. Rudolph needed a bit of a rest, so Santa left his reindeer at home at the North Pole, making one last visit to double-check his Naughty and Nice List. Two of Santa's elves came with him! Neighbours Candice and Cory Sliworsky invited Santa to stay for some photos taken by Robert Dearden, a professional photographer in the area. For the first time ever, people were able to mingle with and actually get to know Santa for a couple of hours.

Everyone agreed it was "the most fabulous visit with Santa" they had ever had. Families cheered as he took off on runway 36, heading back to the North Pole to get ready for Christmas Eve!


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