More than 800 Border children had smiles on their faces on Saturday for the annual Special Children's Christmas Party.
The event, which is in its 23rd year, allowed children with an illness or disability, or who were disadvantaged, to leave their worries at the door and enjoy some "Christmas joy".
Co-ordinator Louise Carroll said seeing the smiles on the kids faces was "all worth it".
"That is what it is all about, seeing those smiles," she said.
"We have about 800 kids who were invited this year and that is one of our biggest yet.
"Despite what is going on in their lives this is a chance for the them to enjoy the festivities and just have a great day in the lead-up to Christmas.
"This year we have everything from face painting, animals, jumping castles, skateboard demonstrations and of course a visit from Santa."
Santa arrived at the Wodonga Sports and Leisure centre on the back of a motorbike to a room full of excited children.
For the Caunt family from Wodonga, the Christmas party was something the children "looked forward to for months".
"The girls love all the dancing and activities and meeting Santa," mother Heather Caunt said.
"It is a pretty spectacular event that the team put on every year and seeing all the kids smiling and having a good time is what it is all about."
Ms Caunt said for her two daughters, Hailey, 6, and Bronte, 3, the "Santa magic" was a special thing.
"That is something that kids really enjoy at this time of year so for them to be here sitting on Santa's lap and enjoying all the songs is pretty special," she said.
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Ms Carroll said the event wouldn't be possible without the support of local businesses.
"The whole party runs with the goodwill of businesses," she said.
"Without them this wouldn't happen so we have to keep thanking them."
A "toy cave" was set up, with each child given two presents.
Special Children's Christmas Parties have been running for more than 25 years. with co-ordinators such as Ms Carroll working closely with charities, schools and community groups.
Steve Bowan entertained the crowd with the Wodonga Brass Band.