Santa Claus to arrive by helicopter at Aviation Museum

Families are welcome to meet Saint Nick at free outdoor event on Dec. 12

Santa Claus is coming to town, and he’s arriving by chopper.

On Saturday, Dec. 12, the big guy will land via helicopter at the Aviation Museum of New Hampshire in Londonderry.

Touchdown is scheduled for 11 a.m. outside the Aviation Museum. The free event is designed to be COVID-19 safe and all are welcome.

Families wishing to see the helicopter land should arrive at the museum no later than 10:45 a.m. to park and then make their way to the landing observation area, where there will be plenty of room to observe social distancing.

After arrival, Santa will occupy a special outdoor throne, where he’ll speak to children and take requests via microphone. Santa will visit and take requests until 1 p.m., when he’ll depart by fire truck courtesy the Manchester Airport Fire Department, which will whisk him off to his next appearance.

Unlike previous years, Santa’s visit to the Aviation Museum will be held entirely outdoors. Families are requested to dress appropriately for the outdoor event. The helicopter arrival is weather permitting, but Santa’s visit will take place rain or shine.

Hot chocolate will be provided free by the Airport Diner/Common Man restaurants, which will also have a food truck on hand for the event.

Children who speak to Santa will be rewarded with goodie bags given out by Santa’s helpers. Also, Santa will lead the socially-distant singing of several holiday carols, accompanied by his special tuba-playing elf. Children will converse with Santa via frequently sanitized microphone; all participants will be expected to wear face coverings and observe social distancing.

Families with children visiting Santa will be asked for contact tracing info, and also get temperature checks.

Santa’s appearance is free and open to the public. The Aviation Museum itself will be open to visitors on Saturday, Dec. 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with regular admission prices in effect.

Besides Santa’s arrival, Saturday, Dec. 12 also marks the debut of this year’s “Holiday Festival of Toy Planes and Model Aircraft” inside the museum. The exhibit, which runs through Sunday, Jan. 24, includes more than 1,000 aviation-related toys, games, and other items that celebrate the enduring childhood fascination with flight.

The Aviation Museum is  at 27 Navigator Road, off Harvey Road, in Londonderry.

For more information, go to or call 669-4820. Follow the Aviation Museum at

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