Usually it’s the reindeer who soar the sky during the holiday, but this time around a helicopter took Santa across a darkening Juneau night sky.
For the first time since 2018, Coastal Helicopters in collaboration with the Flying Lions Club on Friday hosted Christmas Light Flights at the Juneau International Airport. Weather, then the COVID-19 pandemic led to a few years of cancellations.
The event invites community members to buy tickets to fly in a helicopter over twinkling night lights of Juneau, and this year the proceeds from the ticket funds go toward both the club and the Children’s Tumor Foundation.
According to Lions Club President Shari Khalsa, the tickets sold out even before the night began, with 350 people signed up. He said they hope to raise around $7,000 during the event to donate to the charity.
“I though it was an amazing way to see the lights, I didn’t see any reindeer but I saw the mighty Mendehall,” said Santa, laughing after he landed.
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