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12-2-2019 - Santa and Mrs. Claus to Land at Reno-Tahoe International Delivering Gifts and Toys to Children's Cabinet Families

RENO, Nev. – The holiday spirit will take-off at Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RNO) on Saturday, December 7, as Santa and his elves, Mrs. Claus, and a squadron of airplanes loaded with gifts land at RNO to surprise 25 families from The Children’s Cabinet with a festive Christmas celebration.

At 11:00 a.m., the party begins with a parade of 20 single and twin engine aircraft and a Nevada Air National Guard C-130 that will make their way to Atlantic Aviation on the airport’s east side.  Awaiting Santa, his elves and Mrs. Claus in the C-130 will be The Children’s Cabinet families, airport officials, dignitaries, media and volunteers, along with a group of cheering Wolf Pack football players and cheerleaders, Flips gymnasts and North Valleys High School JROTC students.

Once the groups deplane, the doors of a large hanger at Atlantic Aviation will open to a winter wonderland, complete with gifts, Christmas trees, holiday trimmings, and craft stations all decorated by pilots, airlines and local business.*  The airport’s Paws 4 Passengers therapy dogs will also be on hand to add love and warmth to the event.

Operation Santa Claus, now in its 7th year, was started by the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority and Reno-Tahoe Aviation Group to make Christmas magical for families who wouldn’t otherwise have the resources to celebrate the holidays.  Many local businesses also support Operation Santa Claus through sponsorships and cash donations. 

This is not a public event.

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