February 25, 2024

Santa has a brand new gig in San Diego — sporting a pink flight go well with as he sits in a Navy jet’s ejection seat by way of Dec. 23.

The jolly man’s sleigh is connected to a vacation lighted jet together with his reindeer main the way in which.

The place? The place else?

The USS Halfway Museum.

With “Jingle Jets,” the nautical museum is the most recent venue for native holidays with greater than 500,000 lights wrapped round a dozen plane and shows on the flight deck and beneath on the hangar deck.

“Jingle Jets shouldn’t be solely the most recent vacation expertise in San Diego, however it’s most likely essentially the most distinctive vacation expertise this city has ever seen,” mentioned David Koontz, advertising and marketing director for the Halfway on Monday’s preview evening.

“I imply — what number of locations within the nation are you going to see jet plane wrapped in Christmas lights?” he mentioned. “We need to rework the Halfway into that little distinctive Winter Wonderland with an aviation twist.”

Jingle Jets will run on 17 choose nights between Thanksgiving and Christmas on the USS Halfway Museum, 910 N. Harbor Dr.

Tickets for Jingle Jets are $25 for adults (13 and up), $18 for youth (6 by way of 12) and free for kids 5 and youthful.

Along with seeing the plane service being decked out from bow to stern, guests getting into the hangar deck are greeted by vacation carolers as they stroll by way of a wintery forest of illuminated bushes and brightly lit tunnels.

Guests will see life-size vacation ornaments, reindeer and polar bears.

Overhead truss lighting fills the hangar with hues of pink, inexperienced and blue, and extra lighting shines snowflake lights on the bottom.

The middle part of the service’s flight deck showcases an array of overhead colourful icicle lights crisscrossed from ornamental truss towers, and the fantail is lit up with three 20-foot rope-light Christmas bushes.

Two helicopters are adorned on the insides with stockings hung amid vacation decorations.

The flight deck will function dancing with a DJ spinning vacation tunes in addition to a number of picture alternatives.

On the hangar deck, guests can have their pictures taken with Santa Claus.

Vacation stationery is obtainable on the mess-deck tables, encouraging guests to put in writing letters to service members.

The vacation show has been within the planning phases for greater than a 12 months, inside the final months to design shows and within the final two weeks to arrange the lighting, Koontz mentioned.

Lighting crews labored across the clock and into the wee hours, he mentioned.

“Folks actually love vacation lights and … that is most likely essentially the most distinctive atmosphere that it’s ever been accomplished in,” Koontz mentioned. “Our purpose is to actually make this a brand new vacation custom right here in San Diego.”