Santa trades his sled for a helicopter on his detour to Gainesville

ALACHUA COUNTY, Fla., (WCJB) -- Santa took a detour through Gainesville on his way to the north pole, but he left his sleigh and reindeer at home. He opted for his second favorite ride- a helicopter courtesy of UF Health Shands.

Saint Nick was greeted by hundreds of excited children and their families at Santa Fe College's north field. The kids were up for the wait because they already knew exactly what they wanted.

The event was sponsored by LifeSouth Community Blood Centers