Skip to main content

Kids, families fly to 'North Pole' for presents and time with Santa

  • Author:
  • Updated:

More than 200 kids, their siblings and family members took a trip to the North Pole Tuesday, meeting Santa and some elves, even getting presents.

And the special "flight" took off from the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

Make-A-Wish Minnesota and Sun Country Airlines invited kids and families to Terminal 2 Tuesday evening for the event, which is in its eighth year.

Families boarded a Boeing 737, eating dinner and creating Santa wish lists while the plane "flew" (taxied around the runway) to the North Pole.

When they returned to the gate, children stepped into a winter wonderland scene – meeting Santa and some of his elves, and getting presents.

WCCO was there and put together some video.

This embed is invalid

“Our staff looks forward to volunteer to serve at this event all year," Sun Country Airlines CEO Zarir Erani said in a statement to BringMeTheNews. "The smiles on the faces of the kids and their parents really help put things in perspective. And as the Hometown Airline, we feel privileged to work with great charities like Make-A-Wish MN to make a difference in the community."

Providing support and donating gifts were the Minnesota TimberwolvesMinnesota Wild, Minnesota Golden Gophers, and Cambria, Sun Country said in an email news release.

Here are a few social media posts from the trip.

Next Up


Probe of Golden Valley police uncovers racism, alleged misconduct

One officer was terminated for alleged racist comments and violations of state law.

blowing snow

Blowing snow Friday in Minnesota; will it snow next week?

Winds could gust up to 50 mph Friday afternoon and night.

Deer hunting blaze orange

To combat CWD, late-season deer hunting announced for 9 areas of MN

The special hunts will be held between Dec. 16 and 18.


COVID levels rising in wastewater; BQ.1 now dominant

BQ.1 is the new dominant subvariant in Twin Cities wastewater.

Screen Shot 2022-12-02 at 11.43.05 AM

Keith Ellison, other AGs settle with CarMax over recall disclosures

As part of the settlement, CarMax now must disclosure open recalls online and on the lot.

police lights squad car

Man kidnaps 2-year-old daughter in St. Paul, crashes after pursuit in Minneapolis

The incident involved both police departments in Minneapolis and St. Paul.

police lights

Boys aged 15, 16 arrested after shooting of teen in Woodbury

The victim suffered non-life-threatening gunshot wounds.


Police: Woman found dead with 'traumatic injuries' inside Moorhead home

Police are investigating the incident as a homicide.

Screen Shot 2022-12-02 at 7.59.36 AM

St. Paul's East Side Bar closes after two-and-a-half years in business

The bar opened just as the COVID-19 pandemic closed bars and restaurants.

Police tape

Police: Man and woman found dead inside Rochester home

An investigation is ongoing as of Friday morning.


Grab a fishing pole — and a kid — this weekend

Friday through Sunday is Take a Kid Fishing Weekend in Minnesota, the Department of Natural Resources says. That means you can fish for free without a license if you bring along a child younger than 16.