Santa Visits Marin County on a Cessna 172

The sleigh is ditched for a seaplane

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    Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus, portrayed by Gerald and Twila Morris of Meeker, Colo., greet visitors as the 2012 Capitol Christmas Tree arrives in Washington, Monday, Nov. 26, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    Forget the reindeer. This year, Santa Claus arrived in Marin County on a Cessna 172.

    Sixty children from Marin City and the Canal District of San Rafael received gifts via a special delivery on Wednesday afternoon, according to the Marin Independent Journal. Santa made a "perfect landing" on Richardson Bay, where the children were waiting.

    He was a little late -- a dead battery delayed his takeoff -- but he was welcomed nonetheless.

    Nancy Hoang wanted an Easy Bake oven, and fellow Marin City resident Mikyla Williams was seeking a "microphone for when I sing," the newspaper reported.

    This was the first year for "Santa's Seaplane" in Marin, according to Seaplane Adventures owner Aaron Singer, "who has a passing resemblance to Santa," the newspaper reported.