Santa's Flight Academy Opens at Westfarms

If you’re ready for the holiday season, you’re in luck. 

Santa and Mrs. Claus have arrived at Westfarms and children can participate in Santa’s Flight Academy. It’s one of only 12 Santa experiences of its kind, across the country. 

“There's a lot here, there's over 280 pieces of technology, 40,000 twinkle lights , 3,000 square foot winter wonderland and a sleigh that is 22-feet high,” said Amanda Sirica, the spokesperson for Westfarms. 

The kids get cadet badge passes with their name and photo on it, then they gear up in a virtual flight suit. After that, Santa’s helpers take them through the large sleigh into a snowing dance party, before finally seeing Mr. and Mrs. Claus. 

“It was pretty awesome they get these cool badges and they got to go through all the different steps of filling his sleigh and helping Santa out and then they got to play in the snow which was really cool… They loved it they still have snow in their hair,” said Lauren Maisch. She brought her three kids to the opening day. 

Children get to meet Santa and have their photos taken professionally. If parents are worried about a line, they can take the Santa Expressway and sign up for an appointment to the flight school early online.  

“It's so exciting! They love it! They absolutely love Christmas, getting presents and seeing Santa,” said Jesi Nelson, who brought her three daughters to see Santa on Thursday.

Santa and his one-of-a-kind, immersive holiday experience will be at Westfarms through Dec. 24.

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