Rainy Weather Doesn’t Wash Out Santa’s Visit to Leesburg

A winter rain storm grounded Santa’s helicopter this morning, but he still made the trip to Leesburg—where families had lined up to meet him—thanks  a lift from the fire company.

The visit was part of the second annual Santa Lands event at the Virginia Village shopping center. Reviving a decades-old holiday tradition, the plan was for Santa to arrive by helicopter and land in the parking lot before spending the day meeting with children and hearing their last-minute Christmas wishes.

While the weather didn’t cooperate, Santa arrived on time to find families lined up along the storefronts. Nearly 1,000 children had registered in advance for the event.

Leesburg Mayor Kelly Burk and a few helpers were among the crowd gathered to welcome Santa to the Virginia Village shopping center Dec. 15.
Families line up in the Virginia Village shopping center to me Santa on Dec. 15.
Families line up in the Virginia Village shopping center to me Santa on Dec. 15.

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