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Photo Story - Santa Claus comes to Goodfellow

Santa Clause high-fives a child before asking him what he wants for Christmas at the Santa’s Market and Community Appreciation Day at the Louis F. Garland Department of Defense Fire Academy on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Nov. 18, 2017. Children were invited to sit on Santa’s lap and pose for a photo after giving him their list of toys they wanted. (U.S Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zachary Chapman/Released)

Santa Claus high-fives a child before asking him what he wants for Christmas at the Santa’s Market and Community Appreciation Day at the Louis F. Garland Department of Defense Fire Academy on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Nov. 18, 2017. Children were invited to sit on Santa’s lap and pose for a photo after giving him their list of toys they wanted. (U.S Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zachary Chapman/Released)

Santa Clause arrives to the Santa’s Market and Community Appreciation Day at the Louis F. Garland Department of Defense Fire Academy on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Nov. 18, 2017. Making his grand entrance to the event, Santa swapped his usual red sleigh for one of the Fire Academy’s firetrucks. (U.S Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zachary Chapman/Released)

Santa Claus arrives to the Santa’s Market and Community Appreciation Day at the Louis F. Garland Department of Defense Fire Academy on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Nov. 18, 2017. Making his grand entrance to the event, Santa swapped his usual red sleigh for one of the Fire Academy’s firetrucks. (U.S Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zachary Chapman/Released)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Carlos Hernandez, 312th Training Squadron instructor, demonstrates a tool used for fire training to a child attending the Santa’s Market and Community Appreciation Day at the Louis F. Garland Department of Defense Fire Academy on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Nov. 18, 2017. Attendees used a mock fire hose to interact with the screen and learn the proper technique for putting out a fire. (U.S Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zachary Chapman/Released)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Carlos Hernandez, 312th Training Squadron instructor, demonstrates a tool used for fire training to a child attending the Santa’s Market and Community Appreciation Day at the Louis F. Garland Department of Defense Fire Academy on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Nov. 18, 2017. Attendees used a mock fire hose to interact with the screen and learn the proper technique for putting out a fire. (U.S Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zachary Chapman/Released)

Goodfellow hosts the 37th Santa’s Market and Community Appreciation Day, allowing local vendors to set up shops and sell their hand-made wares at the Louis F. Garland Department of Defense Fire Academy high bay on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Nov. 18, 2017. With more than 4,000 attendees, this was the largest community event on Goodfellow this year. (U.S Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zachary Chapman/Released)

Goodfellow hosts the 37th Santa’s Market and Community Appreciation Day, allowing local vendors to set up shops and sell their hand-made wares at the Louis F. Garland Department of Defense Fire Academy high bay on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Nov. 18, 2017. With more than 4,000 attendees, this was the largest community event on Goodfellow this year. (U.S Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zachary Chapman/Released)

U.S. Marine Pfc. Stephn Dorn, Marine Corps Detachment at Goodfellow Air Force Base trainee, holds a pad while Staff Sgt. Calvin Bradbury, MCD instructor, teaches self-defense to a child during the Santa’s Market and Community Appreciation Day at the Louis F. Garland Department of Defense Fire Academy on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Nov. 18, 2017. The MCD offered hand-to-hand lessons to anyone interested and provided step-by-step guidance on each exercise. (U.S Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zachary Chapman/Released)

U.S. Marine Pfc. Stephn Dorn, Marine Corps Detachment at Goodfellow Air Force Base trainee, holds a pad while Staff Sgt. Calvin Bradbury, MCD instructor, teaches self-defense to a child during the Santa’s Market and Community Appreciation Day at the Louis F. Garland Department of Defense Fire Academy on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Nov. 18, 2017. The MCD offered hand-to-hand lessons to anyone interested and provided step-by-step guidance on each exercise. (U.S Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zachary Chapman/Released)

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The 17th Training Wing hosted Santa’s Market and Community Appreciation Day, the largest community event on Goodfellow Air Force Base this year with over 4,000 attendees, 78 local vendors and 112 booths, all taking place at the Louis F. Garland Department of Defense Fire Academy high bay on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Nov. 18.

Vendors offered a wide range of hand-made goods including wood working, knitting, vintage jewelry, heritage items, wreaths and much more. Along with the vendors, events took place such as Marines from the Marine Corps Detachment at Goodfellow Air Force Base teaching hand-to-hand self-defense, a visit from the Cat in the Hat, the Grinch and the main attraction, Santa Claus himself.

Santa passed on his usual sleigh, opting instead for a ride on one of the Fire Academy’s firetrucks. After greeting the crowd, children had their pictures taken with him.