COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Families lined up at Colorado Springs Airport to grab their special tickets to board a plane headed to the North Pole to See Santa Claus.
It's called the fantasy flight and it is done every year for underprivileged children who don't usually get anything for Christmas. SkyWest Airlines, Junior League of Colorado Springs and HeadStart host the event. SkyWest General Manager for Colorado Springs Jaime Young says the event is meant to give the kids and parents some extra joy this holiday season. "Some children have nt ever had Christmas before," says Young. "We just feel a great stewardship and give them just something spectacular."
After having dinner, the parents and kids went through security and wrote letters to Santa, played with service dogs dressed in holiday costumes and even met local Olympians. Not only were the kids having a blast, but so were the parents. Lacy Edelen is one of those parents and she says, "It means so much to be able to be here with mu kids because this is a once in a lifetime opportunity and we are just thankful we are here."
Then it was time to board the plane. About 30 kids took their seats, some of them have never flown before. Once in the air everybody sang Christmas carols and played trivia for prizes. After 20 minutes the plane touched down in the North Pole and kids were greeted by Santa and Mrs. Claus.
The section of the Colorado Springs airport terminal was decorated with lights and paper snowflakes. The children took pictures with Santa and even received some early presents.
The organizers say they plan on having the event again next year and plan on adding an extra plane so more kids can visit the North Pole and Santa.