Few Hendersonville traditions capture the magic of Christmas – for both those on the giving and receiving end – than the annual shopping event Christmas 4 Kids.

Close to 400 local children were chauffeured from their schools aboard luxury tour buses, treated to a party at the Gallatin Civic Center, and received a new winter coat and shopping spree at the Hendersonville Walmart on Dec. 14.

Begun as Christmas Caravan in 1982, this year’s event drew more than 500 volunteers, 55 buses and drivers who donate their time each year, and children from 29 different elementary schools across Middle Tennessee.