The 96th Communication Squadron at Eglin Air Force Base will open its Santa Hotline December 18 to those wanting to share their Christmas lists.
Hosted by the 96th Communication Squadron, the Hotline phone number for Santa Claus is 850-882-NOEL (6635).
Children of all ages are invited to call with last-minute holiday wishes and additions to their gift list, not just those who are affiliated with the military.
Now in its 20th year, Eglin’s Santa Hotline typically serves about 1,000 callers during the five evenings the Hotline is open. The Hotline receives calls from every state and some from overseas.
The young callers often ask Santa for things other than toys. In the past, callers have asked for things like world peace and for their deployed parents to come home.
Eglin Air Force Base elves help man the Santa Hotline.
When children phone in they connect with a Christmas elf who takes their name, where they’re calling from and what they want for Christmas. Next, the call is passed to Santa. By the time Santa is on the line, he knows all their information, which children find very exciting.
PHOTO (TOP): Santa picks up another call on the “Santa Hotline” to talk with boys and girls before he makes his holiday journey. The “Hotline” will be active Dec. 18-22 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Children of all ages wishing to call in with last-minute holiday wishes can call 850-882-NOEL (6635). (Air Force photo/ Samuel King Jr.)