Heathrow hires Secret Santa to hand out luxury presents to passengersHeathrow Airport


A Secret Santa is already hard at work at Heathrow Airport, where he's busy handing out gifts including iPads, designer watchers and Hamleys teddy bears to random travellers.

A statement from Heathrow Airport reads: "Santa's arrival marks the beginning of 24 days of unexpected surprises for the lucky 4.3million passengers travelling through Heathrow, making their journey even more memorable."

Six lucky passengers, chosen at random, have already been treated to iPads, so that they can keep in touch with their loved ones when they are away. Other giveaways include 'his and hers' designer watches from Watches of Switzerland, worth £5,000, and Oakley winter survival kits for those going skiing.

Other brands included in the 24 days of Christmas giveaway include Jimmy Choo, Ted Baker, Sunglasses Hut, Hackett and Caviar House.

Clues to the identity of the daily surprises will be posted on Heathrow's Secret Santa Facebook page, in what is the airport's most elaborate festive event to date.

Friday, December 21 is expected to see the most departures from Heathrow, as 105,000 people make their festive getaway.

On that day, Santa will be on hand in his grotto to help with any last minute present requests - and elves will be handing out mince pies and 100 bottles of fragrance from World Duty Free, helping passengers get in to the festive spirit.

Carol Stokes, head of passenger experience at Heathrow, said: "The Christmas holidays are an exciting time for Heathrow and for the many families, friends and couples making the most of the festive break."

Other festive activities at the airport include appearances from Santa from December 14-23, carol singers in all terminals, arts and crafts sessions for children, and chocolate treats for kids.

Click on the image below for some scenes from Lapland's winter wonderland...



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