Santa trades in sleigh for helicopter at Fargo Air Museum

FARGO, N.D. -- Christmas came early for the Fargo Air Museum. Saint Nick himself stopped by to say hi to kids, trading his sleigh for a shinier upgrade.

Nearly a hundred families crowded around the museum to get a peek at Santa.

This is the 7th year the museum has done a "Santa Fly-In" It's a big hit with families, especially kids. Brandon Anderson brought his 5 kids to the fly-in. He says they barely stood still the whole time.

"Well, I had him on my shoulders so he could see and I could feel him getting excited, jumping up and down shouting 'yeah'," said Anderson.

The visit was even more special for Adam Myhre and his mom, Brandi.

"My son is deaf with co-clear implants, so when he sees Santa he's not sure if he wants to sign first or just jump on his lap - today he just walked right up there and got on his lap like - I'm gonna tell you what I want," said Brandi.

Brandi and Adam, like all the other families visiting Santa, got to tour the museum for free. A big line formed for pictures with Santa. But Brandi says the most special part is seeing her son get out in the community.

"I think it's very important as a social aspect to be very involved in the community, especially being deaf. He also has perthes disease, and that's a physical ailment on him and even with his walker we are here and we're not letting it tear us down - we're gonna keep going," she said.