And he's brought his volunteer elves.
We're talking about Santa Claus Inc., a nonprofit organization that helps parents in need give to their children at Christmastime.
Local volunteers have been busy making handcrafted treasures - from children's clothing and knitted sweaters to doll clothes.
The San Bernardino warehouse, also known as "the North Pole," is filled with high stacks of toys and clothing that will be sorted to make the holidays a little brighter for local families.
The elves at Santa Claus Inc. also have been busy decking the halls for the 2012 Christmas season, preparing for this year's Christmas Tree Lane fundraiser, "Reflections," on Nov.
Santa Claus Inc.
60th annual Christmas Tree Lane event, "Reflections"
"Night of Dancing with the Stars," a black-tie-optional evening of dining, dancing until midnight to the music of Phat Cat Swinger, live and silent auctions, Christmas boutiques, and designer tree drawing, starts at 6 p.m. Nov. 30, Orange Pavilion at the National Orange Show Events Center, enter through Gate 9 on Arrowhead Avenue (both events). Tickets are $135 per person.
Saturday luncheon and fabulous designer tree drawing at 11:30 a.m. Dec. 1. Tickets are $75 per person.
For more information, call 909-885-0090
"Santa Claus Inc. is very proud of its accomplishments over the past 60 years," said Karen DiCarlo, executive director and head elf.
"Due to overwhelming support from our local communities, we have been able to serve close to 465,000 local kids since 1952," she said.
This year, organization officials expect to help more than 17,000 children, just as they did last year.
For many children, the gifts under the tree from Santa Claus Inc. will be the only ones they receive Christmas morning.
Santa Claus Inc. provides new toys, stylish and functional new clothing, top-quality books, educational materials, and personal-care items for children in need in San Bernardino, Colton, Highland, Redlands and Rialto.
Jillian West of Redlands and Allison West of San Bernardino are real-estate agents by profession as well as Santa Claus toy chairwomen. The mother-daughter team enjoys their toy-buying job and the way Santa Claus Inc. is run.
"Parents are approved based on income and invited to `shop' at our warehouse on Sixth Street," Jillian said. "We serve the unemployed, disabled and working poor.
"Christmas can be stressful for parents, especially when money is tight. This is why we distribute gifts the first week of December.
"Presents will be wrapped and put under the tree for Christmas morning. We really are the real Santa Claus as children never know we exist."
The other big component of gift-giving is clothing. Cheryl Dumaine of Riverside is the group's clothing buyer.
"We try to look at all the clothing items as - is this something children would like?" Dumaine said. "We search a lot, at our own expense, and find clothing at reduced prices. We try to spend no more than $5 for a two-piece outfit, and then we also have ladies who knit and crochet sweaters."
Friday and Saturday's annual back-to-back fundraising events - the nonprofit's biggest - are a black-tie-optional "Night of Dancing with the Stars," with dining, dancing until midnight to the music of Phat Cat Swinger, live and silent auctions, Christmas boutiques, and a designer tree drawing, starting at 6 p.m. Nov. 30.
The next day there is the luncheon and fabulous designer tree drawing at 11:30 a.m. Dec. 1.
This year's events will also include nearly all the nonprofit's past presidents in a magical fantasy land at the National Orange Show Events Center.
The 16 designer Christmas trees will be raffled off, with Martha Green serving as auctioneer for the live auction and its prizes.
A variety of 100 gift baskets will be featured in the silent auction.
Designer Derrick Vasquez, National Orange Show Events Center's director of catering, sales and special events, designed the Community Tree, which was dedicated to the late Susie Seavers, the organization's second president.
"Derrick has really pulled out all the stops," DiCarlo said. "The night will be magnificent and magical."