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The Flight Before Christmas

From November-December 2022, we transformed a British Airways Boeing 747 into a Winter Wonderland that allowed families to meet and greet Father Christmas and his elves on board a preserved aircraft based at Cotswold Airport.

The Flight Before Christmas

The fully-immersive experience began as guests, armed with their very own boarding passes and customised North Pole Passports, were guided through the naughty or nice security check-in and are then seated in Premium Economy for an in-flight elf-and-safety briefing hosted by Peppermint, the mischievous Head Elf.

Guests then made their way through the festively decorated aircraft, complete with snow, real Christmas trees and a Northern Lights-inspired display, passing elves who are hard at work wrapping presents, then through a big red door and into Father Christmas’ office.

There, guests met Father Christmas for photos and gathered around the log fire for a group story about how Negus and Cotswold Airport is set to save Christmas. Children left with a book and a packet of reindeer food.

As guests disembarked the aircraft, they met Mrs Claus in a full-size Gingerbread House where they decorated their own gingerbread to take home.

Finally, children were led into a Toy Factory where they met elves who were busy assembling toys ready to be wrapped. Each child had the chance to pick a teddy bear, build it and take it home. Adults receive a mince pie and hot mulled wine.

We also hosted a number of 'Northern Lights' SEN sessions which were dedicated sessions where the experience was quieter, had reduced light, and time slots were extended to allow extra time on the aircraft.

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5,000+ Passport stamps

Each guest was given a North Pole Passport and collected stamps throughout their visit.

10,000+ Passengers onboard

Between November and December, Santa met over 500 girls and boys.

30 media articles published

Across TV, Radio and Print locally, nationally and in the trade press.

Here are just a couple of the reviews we received.

"A great experience for all ages"

As a cabin crew who has flown on this actual aircraft, it was particularly special to be able to take my daughter, along with my crew friends and their daughters. We had a magical day.

Lucy, Birmingham

"Absolutely fantastic - mesmerising & magical"

Wow! What a beautiful Christmas Experience & wonderfully unique!! Unsure how this was going to be pulled off, absolutely brilliant - a truly festive feel throughout.

(Hope you do it all again next year!)

Robwha, Bath

"You have to try this"

Went on this pre-Christmas experience with our young grandson and can wholeheartedly recommend it! A totally unique, well thought, fully immersive Christmas piece of entertainment. Everything about our visit was truly fun and magical from start to finish. Exactly as described.

Valtaldy, Dubai

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