The mystery of Santa Claus has beguiled Sonoma County residents for hundreds of years. How old is Santa and how does he deliver all those toys?

Whatever the answer may be, there is no denying that wherever Santa goes, he attracts quite a crowd. However he travels — whether by boat, tractor, motorcycle or helicopter — jolly St. Nick always makes time to visit the good girls and boys of Sonoma County.

Click through our gallery of Santa sightings, now and then, to view some of the big guy's holiday high jinks.

Salt & Stone

Where: 9900 Highway 12, Kenwood

When: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thurs.-Mon., 2:30 to 9 p.m. Tues. & Weds.

Contact: 707-833-6326, saltstonekenwood.com

Cuisine: Steak, Seafood, California

Price: Expensive, entrées $18-$34

Corkage: $18

Stars: ★★

Summary: The longtime favorite roadhouse is reborn as a notable new neighborhood destination for steaks, seafood and communal cheer.