City sidewalks are getting dressed in holiday style. Christmas decorations are popping up around Washington Park this week as city workers prepare for the Christmas lighting ceremony next Friday.
At 6 p.m. Nov. 23 more than 30,000 mini-lights will dazzle the downtown.
With the help of sponsor Key Bank, the Sandusky Community Celebrations Council orchestrates the event in coordination with the city and Sandusky Schools.
For many people the Christmas lighting ceremony is a tradition not to be missed, said Susan Sartor, member of the Sandusky Community Celebrations Council.
"So many people come back to town just for this lighting ceremony," she said.
With the help of a $5,000 grant from the Wightman-Weiber Foundation, the council was able to purchase a new "Season's Greetings" sign, which can already be seen along Columbus Avenue.
Tom Speir, city greenhouse foreman, said the sign replaces the wooden blocks which read "Merry Christmas, Happy New Year."
The blocks were falling over, causing a safety hazard, and the wood was worn down from years of display.
Speir said that the city still has the blocks in case someone wants to do something with them.
Sartor said the celebrations council hopes to receive additional funding to replace other decorations that have become old and broken.
It takes about 600 hours to get all of the decorations in place throughout the park, Speir said.
"It's fun because you know the outcome is going to be appreciated," he said. "It definitely gets you in the Christmas spirit."
This year, Sandusky Main Street Association will continue the festivities from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. with fire pits, ice carving and carolers. Local merchants will distribute free treats.
The State Theatre will show the movie "Polar Express" at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free, compliments of Linda Armstrong Remax Quality Realty.
The Follett House Museum and the Museum of Carousel Art and History will offer free admission for the evening.
The Sandusky Community Celebrations Council has been organizing celebrations for more than 20 years. In addition to the Christmas lighting ceremony, the council organizes the annual 4th of July celebration and the summer Gazebo Concert series in Washington Park.
Schedule of Events
6 p.m. -- Christmas Lighting Ceremony, Washington Park
6:30 p.m. -- Santa arrives!
6:30-7:30 p.m. -- Sandusky Main Street festivities, downtown Sandusky
7:30 p.m. -- "Polar Express," Sandusky State Theatre