Although most supermarkets and department stores have had their baubles out since the middle of October, the majority of Brits will have only just realised that November is ending, and Christmas is just 29 days away.
The next month will bring out the best, and indeed, the worst, in the human race, as people all over the globe indulge in shopping marathons and pitched battles with pine trees that just wanted to be left outside, before the New Year leaves us wondering how we’ve become so tubby.
From December 22, children in the northwest will be given the opportunity to meet ‘Santa in the sky,’ aboard a special 70-minute flight from Blackpool Airport. The event, which was created by UK tour operator, Omega Holidays, will lead young passengers on a quest to find the jolly fat bloke, and bring him aboard the plane.
Whether the plane will be in the air when St. Nick is hauled aboard is debatable, but given the inherent danger of opening aircraft doors mid-flight, it’s much more likely that Santa will emerge from behind a seat when he (and his reindeer entourage) are discovered. Nevertheless, pilots will be ‘keeping an eye out’ for the bearded one on the aeroplane’s radar.
The flight is similar to the Northern Lights tour that operates from Doncaster Robin Hood, in that the aeroplane takes off, but doesn’t actually travel to another airport; rather, it reaches a pre-set destination, and then turns around. However, the end of the tour is perhaps the most exciting part for passengers, as Santa will reward the children who helped find him with presents.
Pre-flight, guests can enjoy a 45-minute entertainment show, and meet St. Nick’s elves, who will be on day-release from the toy workshop, helping at the airport’s check-in desk.