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Santa Opens Museum Holiday Event with Helicopter Arrival Dec. 11

Santa Claus arrives via helicopter at 10 a.m. on Dec. 11 to kick off the Museum’s annual holiday celebration honoring the Wright brothers’ first powered flight on Dec. 17, 1903. After his arrival, Santa will be joined by Mrs. Claus to greet children in the Museum’s Great Gallery until 2 p.m.

Holiday music will be performed by West Seattle’s Hope Lutheran School bell choir from 10-11 a.m., and by the Boeing Orchestra of Flight from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Model airplane building workshops are at 11:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. Wright Spirit activities will continue until 2 p.m., and are free with Museum admission. Visitors are encouraged bring a toy as a donation to Toys for Tots.

The non-profit Museum of Flight is one of the largest independent air and space museums in the world. The Museum’s collection includes more than 150 historically significant air- and spacecraft, as well as the William E. Boeing Red Barn® — the original manufacturing facility of the Boeing Co. The Airpark includes outdoor displays with the first jet Air Force One, a Concorde airliner, and the first Boeing 747 jumbo jet. The Museum aeronautical library and archival holdings are the largest on the West Coast. The Education Office offers weekend family programs, programs for students and educators, and overnight camps for children. McCormick & Schmick’s Wings Café is on site.

The Museum of Flight is located at 9404 E. Marginal Way S., Seattle, Exit 158 off Interstate 5 on Boeing Field half-way between downtown Seattle and Sea-Tac Airport. The Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $15 for adults, $13 for seniors 65 and older, $10 for active military, $8 for youth 5 to 17, and free for children under 5. Group rates are available. Admission on the first Thursday of the month is free from 5 to 9 p.m. courtesy of Wells Fargo. For general Museum information, please call 206-764-5720 or visit

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