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Annual Reenactment of the Flying Santa

November 30, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Not all Santa stories involve reindeer. At the Reenactment of the Flying Santa at the

Courtesy Fire Island Lighthouse

Fire Island Lighthouse, Santa is delivered to his destination via a historic plane, much to the delight of the gathered children.

The Flying Santa started in 1929 when the late Captain Bill Wincapaw brought packages of candy, toys, and other goodies to families living in lighthouses. Legend has it that Captain Wincapaw was lost while flying but got his bearings and found his way to safety by observing the light from a lighthouse.

Courtesy Fire Island Lighthouse

At 11:30 am on December 9, the Fire Island Lighthouse recreates the 1953 delivery of a holiday package to the Mahler and Hodge families at the lighthouse. The Bayport Aerodrome Society provides a historic plane for authenticity.

Once the package arrives, Santa doesn’t skedaddle. After thrilling the crowd at the top of the lighthouse, he comes down to meet and greet all the children.

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