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Christmas comes early to 210 Valley kids

More than 400 people enjoyed a day of holiday cheer at Sonoma Raceway on Saturday at the ninth annual Race to the Holidays Christmas Party.

The raceway hosted more than 210 Sonoma Valley children and their families at the event, which featured caroling, refreshments, a car display, balloon animals and a visit from Santa Claus, who arrived via special transportation on a Schell-Vista Fire Department fire truck.

The event, which has attracted more than 2,000 children since its inception in 2005, culminated with Santa Claus presenting each child with a bag full of toys. Children ranged in age from newborn to 12 years old.

“This was fun. My favorite part was when we got the presents. I got a toy dinosaur and two race cars,” said 6-year-old Oswaldo Larios from Sonoma.

The festive event was held under sunny skies, and all of the children left the raceway with new toys and wide smiles.


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