CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- On Saturday morning, patients and their families at the University of Virginia Children's Hospital got a surprise visit from the man in the big red suit.

Santa Claus delivered presents to kids who had to spend this holiday season in the hospital. He said he wanted to make sure they had a special day even though they couldn't make it home.

“This is the most special time of the year because it delivers them under the best of circumstances that hope and love that the family and community feels for them, and if they can't be at home, Santa Claus wants to make sure he visits those and makes sure they get something even more special,” he explained.

Santa was also happy to report that all the patients at UVA Children's Hospital made the nice list this year.