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Heathrow Airport to Give Away High-End Gifts from Santa Claus Throughout the Holidays

Travelers Today       By    Katie McFadden

Updated: Dec 03, 2012 03:37 PM EST

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Santa Claus will be giving out surprise gifts to random travelers at Heathrow Airport.(Photo : Reuters)

Those flying to or from Heathrow might be in for a bit of a holiday surprise. Heathrow Airport in London, England is giving away lucky travelers special high-end gifts via  Santa Claus.

Travelers who are chosen at random could receive  a gift like an iPad, designer watcher from  Watches of Switzerland worth £5,000, Hamley's teddybears for children, Oakley winter survival kits for those going on a ski trip, and more, the Daily Mail reports.

"Santa's arrival marks the beginning of 24 days of unexpected surprises for the lucky 4.3 million passengers travelling through Heathrow, making their journey even more memorable as they make their way through the airport for Christmas," a Heathrow spokeperson told the Daily Mail.

There will be six iPads given away so travelers can stay in touch with their loved ones or make travel arrangements. Brands behind other products that will be given away include Lacoste, Jimmy Choo, World Duty Free, Ted Baker, No 1 Traveller, Expo art gallery, Heathrow Express, Rhubarb,  Godiva, Sunglass Hut, Police, Hackett, WHSmiths, and Caviar House.

On December 21, one of the busiest holiday travel days, in which an estimated 105,000 people will be passing through Heathrow, Santa will be available for the kids to meet and elves will hand out mince pies and 100 bottles of perfume at the duty free shop.

This is the first time Heathrow has done something like this."The Christmas holidays are an exciting time for Heathrow and for the many families, friends and couples making the most of the festive break," Carol Stokes, head of 'passenger experience' at Heathrow, told the Daily Mail. "We want to make sure the 4.3 million passengers travelling through Heathrow during December have a smooth journey with a touch of Christmas magic."

The program will also become a social event as people can guess what the gifts might by through Facebook posts.

"Clues to the identity of the daily surprises will be posted on Heathrow's Secret Santa Facebook page, giving many passengers a fun, festive and memorable journey through Heathrow," the spokesperson said.

In addition to giving out gifts, the airport will also hold holiday activities between December 14 and 23. They'll have carolers, chocolate giveaways, art and craft sessions and more. 

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