For twelve straight years, the Junior League of Colorado Springs, along with SkyWest Airlines and the Community Partnership for Child Development, helped create an enchanting event for fifty children in our community, as well as their families. Fantasy Flight takes place at the Colorado Springs Airport. In order to create the magic, volunteers transform an empty terminal at the airport into the North Pole, a winter wonderland complete with hundreds of handmade snowflakes, elves, and of course, Santa and Mrs. Claus!
When the families arrive at the airport, they check in to receive their boarding passes and then enjoyed a delicious meal donated by Chick-Fil-A. Santa Cow and Elf Cow are there to get the kids in the Christmas spirit. Once through security, United States Olympic athletes, pet friends from The GO TEAM Therapy/Crisis Dogs, and other volunteers are also there to give the children some entertainment while waiting to board their flight. Just thirty minutes after take-off, their magical flight lands at the North Pole!
Elves are there to lead the children in some games like a marshmallow toss and pin the nose on the reindeer. At the Junior Leagues’ Kids in the Kitchen table, the children make “reindeer” food – oatmeal with add-ins like raisins, brown sugar, and coconut! Delicious! The highlight of the evening is when each child meets with Santa and receives a gift.
The entire event is free for the children and their families. We’d like to thank our event sponsors, including the Colorado Springs Airport, SkyWest Airlines, Chick-Fil-A, Pizza Hut, Integrated Deicing Services, ISSAC Corp, Switchbacks, the U.S. Olympic Training Center, and all of the Junior League volunteers who make Fantasy Flight so special.