Skydiving Santas jump into the holiday season at Cocoa Beach Pier


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Dozens of Skydiving Santas will bring entertainment and holiday cheer to the Cocoa Beach Pier.

SENIOR LIFE Courtesy of Air Sports Parachute Team

Santa Claus is coming to town a little early this year.

Well, that is 65 parachutists dressed as Santas, who will kick off the holiday season when they skydive onto the sand at Cocoa Beach Pier.

Skydiving Santas at Cocoa Beach will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16 at the pier.

“Fellow jumpers are coming from Canada, California and all over the United States,” Skydiving Santas organizer Bob Edmiston said. “We have a large inflatable Santa chair that each Santa will attempt to land on. It’s not easy.”

The professional skydivers also will attempt to land on an inflatable sleigh, will jump with flags and will do formations after jumping out of the Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum’s Tico Belle, a C-47 aircraft that was part of the 82nd Airborne Division during D-Day in Normandy.

“The jumpers will interact with the crowd,” Edmiston said. “It’s a photo opportunity for kids and families.”

Jumpers will pose for pictures with fans after their jumps.

“It’s just a big giant show that will put a smile on your face,” he said.

Larry Melton never gets tired of jumping and was looking forward to the Santa Skydive.

Melton said that as a young boy his grandparents would take him out to see skydiving on Sunday afternoons after church. As soon as he turned 18, he started skydiving.

“I do this for the entertainment,” said Melton, 46, of Sebastian. “I do it for the kids. I love it.”