MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Christmas comes early for a special group of kids at the Holtz Children’s Hospital.

Santa Claus took a break from his summer vacation to stop by and say hello.

He even brought his good friends from City of Miami Fire Rescue along for the visit.

CBS4 photojournalist Ralph Murciano was there and filed a heartwarming photo essay, which can be seen at the top of this page.