Former President Obama did his best Santa Claus impression while making a surprise hospital visit at Children’s National Health System in Washington.

The ex-commander in chief was seen sporting a Santa hat while greeting shocked pediatric patients and staff in a Wednesday video shared by the hospital on Twitter.

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“We had a chance to talk to some of the wonderful kids and their families,” Obama told a crowd gathered in the hospital.

“At a time that is obviously tough for folks, and the dad of two girls, I can only imagine in that situation you know to have nurses, staff and doctors and people who are caring for them, and looking after them, and listening to them and just there for them and holding their hands,” Obama, dad to 20-year-old Malia, and Sasha, 17, said.

“That’s the most important thing there is,” Obama, 57, added. “What a great reminder of what the holiday spirit is supposed to be all about.”

Obama stopped by for about an hour and a half on Wednesday, meeting with patients and participating in art projects alongside children, a hospital official told ITK.

In true Santa fashion, he also brought some gifts along, including Matchbox cars, puzzles and Starburst-scented nail polish. Obama also left a video for patients he wasn’t able to speak to, according to a Children’s rep.

Obama’s visit came less than a week after his wife made a similar unannounced trip at a children’s hospital in Colorado. While there, Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaSouthern Poverty Law Center head announces resignation Michelle Obama on 'Becoming': 'Sasha still hasn't read it' Michelle Obama seeks volunteers for local campaigns: There are 'no "off" years' MORE spoke with children alongside Santa Claus at an event and read the holiday classic "The Night Before Christmas."

Melania TrumpMelania TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report — Washington readies for Mueller end game Schwarzenegger tells Trump to 'listen to the first lady' before attacking McCain The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump steps up attacks on McCain MORE also marked the holidays with a visit to Children’s National — a Christmastime tradition among first ladies. During her visit there last week Trump toured the neonatal intensive care unit and read a book, “Oliver the Ornament,” to children.