Santa arrived a little early Thursday for area preschoolers.
He stopped at the Barrett Early Learning Center in Charlottesville Thursday afternoon.
Three and four year olds waited eagerly by the door as old Saint Nick came bearing gifts.
Each student got a chance to sit on Santa’s lap, get their picture taken and they all received books and candy from Santa as well.
Santa told reporters that he went to the Barrett school when he was young and this was his way of giving back to the kids.
This is the second year this Santa has visited the preschool.