SANTA will ditch his sleigh and fly into Weston by helicopter next month.

He'll be leaving his reindeer at the North Police so they can catch up on their sleep ahead of Christmas Eve while he pops over to the Helicopter Museum.

Once Santa has landed at the museum's heliport, he and his elves will go to the grotto ready to meet all the children.

In addition to all the Christmas magic and fun there will be charity stalls, games, open cockpits and helicopter flights.

Seasonal fayre will also be served in the café.

Museum assistant Jess Porter said: "All children purchasing admission tickets on the day will be getting a free present from Santa.

“Santa is scheduled to arrive mid-morning depending on the weather conditions here and in the North Pole.

"He sent a letter to let us know how excited he is to meet all the children at the museum.”

The Helicopter Museum is a registered charity and houses the world's largest collection of helicopters, including two aircraft of The Queens Royal Flight and a Russian Mil-8 helicopter that recently had a starring role in the Marvel blockbuster movie Black Widow.

The Mil-8 will be one of several that will be opened up for visitors to explore on the day.