Holidays

Holiday tips from Vancouver Int’l Airport

Vancouver International Airport is having fun with travel tips this holiday season.

First, Scuba Claus stopped by to visit the fish in the airport’s aquarium.

Then Vancouver International Airport (YVR) shared travel tips inspired by the classic holiday movie “Home Alone.”

Here’s part of the thread.

More holiday events at an airport near you

Airports around the country are going all this season to entertain travelers.

In the past week we’ve shared news about Santa’s workshop at London Heathrow Airport. About reindeers coming to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. And the long list of events coming to Los Angeles International Airport, including a performance by the TSA Choir.

And not to scare you or creep you out, we also shared this photo of some wacky sort of holiday decoration we spotted at the Geneva Airport in Switzerland.

More holiday events at airport

Fun stuff from airports keeps coming in.

There’s this cute video from Denver International Airport

And, in addition to reindeers (Wed and Thurs. morning) at the Light Rail station, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) has a penguin, a T-Rex, a snow princess and other odd characters roaming the airport through December 24th.

And don’t forget: If you’re flying on an Alaska Airlines flight on Friday, you’ll get priority boarding if you wear a holiday sweater, in honor of Ugly Christmas Sweater Day.

For the third year, guests dressed in fly holiday gear get priority boarding Dec. 20 on all Alaska Airlines flights.

The North Pole or the airport? Continued.

Reindeers coming back to SEA airport

Reindeers and gate access

Airports around the country continue to go all out to entertain passengers this holiday season.

Reindeers will return to the light rail station at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) on December 18 and 19.

And the SEA Visitor Pass program piloted last year will now be a permanent airport amenity. The program allows non-ticketed guests the opportunity to enter the secure side of the airport to enjoy shopping, dining, and other amenities.

The gate pass program also means non-ticketed flyers have extra time to spend with friends and family before their flight and to be there at the gate when a flight lands.

More details will be rolled out on Monday,  December 16, when the program officially resumes.

We’re happy to see that gate pass programs are now officially a trend at airports.

Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT), Tampa International Airport (TPA) and Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY) have gate pass programs at well.

Santa Paws, Teddy Bears and more

Elsewhere, Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) has some treats in store for holiday week travelers.

LAX has booked nine musical acts and groups, including the popular TSA Choir, to perform at various terminals and the LAX-it pick-up lot throughout December.

On Friday, Dec. 20, LAX employees will host an arts and crafts activity for kids at the Tom Bradley International Terminal Children’s Playground from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Special guests will include “Santa PAWS” from the LAX Pets Unstressing Passengers (PUP) Program therapy dogs.

And on December 25, Los Angeles Airport Police officers, spouses and family members will be in various locations at LAX handing out teddy bears, candy canes and tree ornaments to children.

Holiday decoration or what?

And here’s a holiday ‘decoration’ we spotted early Friday morning this week at the Geneva Airport in Switzerland.

Not sure if this character just had a really bad night or what…

Santa’s workshop at Heathrow Airport

Stuck at The Airport is continuing coverage of Santa sightings at airports.

We are also sharing updates on what airports are doing this year to make things merry.

So today we bring you this update from London’s Heathrow Airport.

To help parents with kids asking lots of questions about how Santa does what he does, Heathrow has installed “magical” periscopes in Terminals 2 and 5.

The periscopes allow children (and adults) to check in on what Santa is up to as he and his team get ready for the big night.

Heathrow says the periscopes offer a 360-degree view of elves in action at Santa’s the satellite workshop, which is conveniently located right under Heathrow (!).

Scenes include Santa’s Toy Factory, the Department of Wrapping and the Mail Room.

Heathrow Airport is going all out this holiday season to make travelers feel welcome.

The day before Thanksgiving, passengers from a handful of flights arriving at Heathrow from various U.S. cities got a surprise at the baggage claim.

Before checked bags showed up, baskets of fresh-baked pumpkin pie came down the line.

Spot Santa at the airport? Send us a photo.