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Santa flies again at 10th annual Truckee airport event for kids

Ruth Jackson Hall
Special to the Sun
Before he got ready to deliver toys to all of Truckee-Tahoe on Christmas Eve, Santa Claus flew into the Truckee Tahoe Airport on Dec. 13 to greet many local children.
Courtesy Ann Penfield |

TRUCKEE, Calif. — A huge thank you to the many organizations and volunteers who made this year’s Santa Fly-In to the Truckee Tahoe Airport on Dec. 13 a magical event for hundreds of children and families.

This annual collaboration, now in its 10th year, includes the Truckee Tahoe Airport District, Tahoe Truckee Unified School District, Nevada and Placer First 5, Flying Doctors, community businesses, Americorps from the Sierra Business Council, Boy Scouts and many community volunteers.

Children excitedly watched as Santa’s plane circled above the airport, landed and taxied in on the tarmac. An escort of fire trucks and police cars, with sirens blaring, accompanied Santa’s plane.

When Santa stepped out of the little plane, the crowd roared. Then, it was on to the hangar and holiday festivities, including arts and crafts, writing letters to Santa and enjoying yummy holiday treats.

It all culminated with children getting a very special visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, who gave each child a goodie bag containing books and gifts.

A special thank you to Santa and Mrs. Claus, as well as their local pilot, elves, reindeer and helpers: Barbara DeGraaf, Kriselda Bautista, Olivia Hara, Evan Pierce, Mayra Colmanera, Olivia Cushing, Lisa Fillat, Sayra Fillat, Gerald and Peggy Herrick, Rob Lober, Gay Veeh, Karen Williams, Miss Linda Grimes-Watkins, Ellie Hyatt, Denise Clark and Ann Penfield.

And, of course, huge gratitude to Mike Barrett and the amazing Truckee Tahoe Airport team! You are the best! Happy Holidays to all!

Ruth Jackson Hall is Early learning Coordinator with the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District.