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Santa Arrives in Helicopter to Greet Winnipeg Students

December 17, 2012 2:30 PM | News

About 150 Winnipeg students were treated with a visit from Santa Claus on Monday during the big man’s test flight at the James Richardson International Airport.

Students from Mulvey School, Strathcona Community School, and Dufferin Elementary School gathered at the airport’s firehall for lunch, where local entertainer Fred Penner made a special appearance, as well as local musician Sean Quigley.

“Helping children feel the joy of the holidays is very rewarding and just one of the ways we’re giving back to the community this holiday season,” said Barry Rempel, president and CEO of Winnipeg Airports Authority. “We are grateful to our community partners and sponsors who participate and make this event possible.”

Santa touched down at about 1 p.m. in the STARS air ambulance, where he greeted children and took photographs with them. Students were given gift bags before departing for the day.

— Staff