In front of a gigantic Christmas tree and a musical backdrop of festive tunes, passengers and staff watched Team GB race walker Dominic King, Paralympic Boccia bronze medallist Dan Bentley and youngsters from Braintree's Edith Borthwick School press a giant button to light up the airport’s decorations.
Marcella M'Rabety, Stansted Airport's Corporate Social Responsibility Manager, said:
"There was a great buzz around the airport and it was nice to see so many passengers and staff joining in the celebrations. We were delighted to welcome the London 2012 heroes to the airport, and together with the children from the Edith Borthwick School, they've given us a memorable start to the Christmas season."
The event also saw the airport, together with Essex based charity Panathlon Challenge, make a special presentation of disability sporting equipment to the Edith Borthwick School. Airport staff collected over 5,000 supermarket vouchers that helped buy Kurling kit so the children can play and compete in the up and coming Paralympic sport.
After the event, the Olympians and the young people were treated to an exclusive behind the scenes tour of the airport’s fire station, including a sneak peek of the new state-of-the-art fire engines.