Exton Region Chamber of Commerce

Santa Claus Arrives By Whirlybird At The American Helicopter Museum

December 8, 2021
Written by: ercc-marketing

December 8, 2021 - West Chester, PA – Santa lets his reindeer rest and flies to SantaFest. His copter comes and starts the fun by bringing smiles to everyone.

SantaFest Flyer 2021.pdf

West Chester’s American Helicopter Museum and Education Center (AHMEC), 1220 American Boulevard, offers a day of holiday cheer during its annual SantaFest on Saturday, December 11, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Santa lands at 11 a.m. to greet good girls and boys, hear wish lists, and give a surprise gift. He visits with each child in his colorful workshop within the museum.

The event also features holiday movies, fun crafts, and music by Keyboard Companions. Friendly therapy dogs from Paws for People add to the festivities.

Admission is children age 12 and under are free, 13 and older and adults are $10 per person, and Museum members are free. Covid masks are required. Admission includes a photo opportunity with Santa and Mrs. Claus, so bring a camera!

This year AHMEC is proud to be a Toys for Tots collection site. Special museum discounts apply for bringing an unopened toy or purchasing one from the the museum store to donate to Toys for Tots.

Also new this year is the addition of the beautiful, all-volunteer restored Sikorsky HOS-1, “Gander Express,” to the Adopt-A-Copter program. This circa 1945 United States Coast Guard aircraft’s famous history entails the 1946 rescue of injured passengers and crew from a crashed Sabena Airlines DC-4 airliner in Gander, Newfoundland, which is how it acquired its nickname.


Need a more unique holiday gift than an adopted helicopter? What about a gift certificate for helicopter rides? Find more information at AHMEC’s website: www.americanhelicopter.museum.

The American Helicopter Museum and Education Center, located in the land of industry innovators in the Philadelphia region, is the nation’s premier aviation museum devoted exclusively to helicopters. Established in 1996, the nonprofit organization collects, restores and displays rotary-wing aircraft, including over 35 civilian and military helicopters, autogyros and convertiplanes.

The American Helicopter Museum and Education Center

1220 American Boulevard, West Chester, PA  19380


Jan Feighner, PR Coordinator

610-436-9600, x 204


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