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If your family’s got a plane to catch this Christmas season, that doesn’t mean their holiday cheer has to be relegated to a peppermint hot chocolate picked up at the airport coffee shop. Here are some airports that’ll get everyone’s travels off to a start that’s merry and bright, with visits from the man himself, Santa Claus.

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Miami International Airport

After spending all that time in his workshop at the North Pole, Santa is ready for some fun in the sun. Find him at Miami International Airport at these locations: Dec. 1–10 in the morning at terminal E, pre-security by Havana Collection; and in the afternoon at the north terminal, gate D29; Dec. 11–24 in the morning at terminal G, pre-security by Chili’s; and in the afternoon in the south terminal, post-security at the H–J Connector. On select days, the airport also offers holiday craft stations, holiday caricatures, DJ music and other activities to ensure you won’t have a blue Christmas.

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Cleveland Hopkins International Airport

LeBron may have left town again, but there are still plenty of reasons to be of good cheer. If you find yourself at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport on Dec. 20 or 21, keep your eyes peeled for Santa, who’ll be walking the building on both days. Holiday fun is a slam dunk.

Dulles International Airport

If you’re traveling through Washington, DC, you can catch Santa roaming the terminals on multiple days throughout December. What’s even better is that the airport is also hosting carolers and live music—from brass bands to choral groups to string ensembles—throughout the concourse. Check the airport’s web site for Santa’s schedule.

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Midway airport | Photos courtesy of Chicago Department of Aviation

Chicago’s O’Hare and Midway Airports

The Windy City will warm your heart with glad tidings at both its major airports. Look for Santa and Mrs. Claus at Chicago Midway International Airport on Dec. 14 and 21; the power couple will stop by O’Hare International Airport on Dec. 18 and 19. Also enjoy carolers, musical groups and choirs from local schools throughout the holiday season.

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Indianapolis International Airport

If you missed Santa’s grand tarmac entrance to Indy’s airport on a firetruck during Thanksgiving weekend, you can still have yourself a merry little Christmas at Indianapolis International Airport. Art displays and live music will lift your spirits throughout the holidays. And ‘tis the season for giving, so stop by baggage claim on Dec. 18 to participate in the Delta Airlines/American Red Cross blood drive.


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Raleigh-Durham International Airport

If a trip to or through North Carolina is in your holiday travel plans, we hope you’ll find some southern comfort on December 21, when Santa Jim greets travelers at Raleigh-Durham International Airport. .

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Dalia Colon

Dalia Colon

Dalia is a multimedia journalist in Tampa and the Smart Travel Insider for VISIT FLORIDA. Follow her on Twitter @daliacolon.

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