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No reindeer necessary for Santa's Schaumburg visit

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  • Northwest Flyers President J.P. Skip Barchfeld helps Santa get out of a helicopter Sunday as he arrives for Santa's Flight to Schaumburg at the Schaumburg Regional Airport. The holiday event, sponsored by the Schaumburg Park District and The Northwest Flyers, drew about 300 to the airport for a visit with Santa, along with games and crafts.

       Northwest Flyers President J.P. Skip Barchfeld helps Santa get out of a helicopter Sunday as he arrives for Santa's Flight to Schaumburg at the Schaumburg Regional Airport. The holiday event, sponsored by the Schaumburg Park District and The Northwest Flyers, drew about 300 to the airport for a visit with Santa, along with games and crafts.
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

  • Santa Claus greets children at the Schaumburg Regional Airport after arriving by helicopter Sunday for "Santa's Flight to Schaumburg." The holiday event was sponsored by the Schaumburg Park District and Northwest Flyers. About 300 visitors attended the event, which included a breakfast buffet, games and crafts.

       Santa Claus greets children at the Schaumburg Regional Airport after arriving by helicopter Sunday for "Santa's Flight to Schaumburg." The holiday event was sponsored by the Schaumburg Park District and Northwest Flyers. About 300 visitors attended the event, which included a breakfast buffet, games and crafts.
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

  • Jessica Post, 5, of Norridge colors a Christmas tree Sunday as she waits for the arrival of Santa Claus during Santa's Flight to Schaumburg at the Schaumburg Regional Airport. The holiday event, sponsored by the Schaumburg Park District and The Northwest Flyers, drew about 300 to the airport for a visit with Santa.

       Jessica Post, 5, of Norridge colors a Christmas tree Sunday as she waits for the arrival of Santa Claus during Santa's Flight to Schaumburg at the Schaumburg Regional Airport. The holiday event, sponsored by the Schaumburg Park District and The Northwest Flyers, drew about 300 to the airport for a visit with Santa.
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

 
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Santa Claus came to town Sunday, but Rudolph, Donner, Blitzen and the rest of the reindeer gang was nowhere to be found.

Instead, the Jolly Old Elf arrived by helicopter to the Schaumburg Regional Airport, where he was greeted by about a couple hundred excited youngsters and their families for the Schaumburg Park District's annual "Santa's Flight to Schaumburg."

"I think it's a lot of fun and we are really looking forward to meeting Santa Claus and seeing him on his helicopter," said Schaumburg resident Jennifer Zorn-Sargent as she waited for Santa's arrival her 3-year-old daughter Kaileigh. "I think it is it's a great idea for the community and for families to get together before Christmas."

Besides visiting with Santa, families who attended the event co-sponsored by the park district and Northwest Flyers were treated to a breakfast buffet, crafts and games,

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