It isn’t a sled this time, but Santa sure does like to make an entrance from the sky.
Tulsa Air and Space Museum curator Alex London said the “Fly-In” was the museum's way of bringing back the families they've missed during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Typically, the museum brings in kids to show off their planes and teach them about the wonders of science. The TASM hasn't been able to enjoy the normal number of visitors this year due to the pandemic.
"We've had a lot of things that we've been wanting to show off in our museum recently for some of our younger kiddos," London said. "Unfortunately, some of the circumstances haven't allowed them to swing by as much as we’d like them to.”
Kids would come and sit on Santa's lap so that way they can tell him what they want for Christmas. The museum has since added steps to make sure families and kids are still safe while being able to take pictures with the big man in red.
"It gives us an opportunity to allow folks to stay in touch with us, and hopefully, have a good time at the museum, so they want to come back again too," London said.
Jon Williams is a museum member of the museum who regularly brings his son to learn about the planes on display.
Williams said events like the “Fly-In” are great for kids because it gets them in the holiday spirit and also give them a fun distraction from the world around them.
"We appreciate everybody involved that put this together and create such a magical thing, such a special thing for the kids his age," Williams said. "It's amazing. We are very grateful to have things like this."