By CBSLA Staff

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Santa is known to travel by sleigh, but on Wednesday he hitched a ride on the Los Angeles Police Department’s helicopter.

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The visit was part of the Orthopedic Institute for Children’s annual “Toy and Joy Celebration.”

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Following his arrival on the LAPD SWAT Team helicopter, Santa repelled down the side of the hospital to the cheers of children down below.

Hundreds of children attended the event to visit Santa and walked away with bags filled with donated toys and sports equipment.

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