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

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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.

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“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 Timberwolves, Minnesota Wild, Minnesota Golden Gophers, and Cambria, Sun Country said in an email news release.

Here are a few social media posts from the trip.

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