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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Santa Claus gets a big sendoff as he begins his annual journey to deliver Christmas gifts. Families gathered in temperatures of -8 degrees Fahrenheit at Santa’s official residence in Finland.

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That’s inside the Arctic Circle.

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The elves put on a song-and-dance performance to wish him luck.

Then he left his village with reindeer leading the way.

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Eyewitness News was told he’s heading to the North Pole to stock up his sleigh.