The council is looking for a sponsor who will pay $2,500 to cover the cost to bring Santa to Sandusky on a horse-drawn sleigh Nov. 23, the day after Thanksgiving.
The donation would also ensure a reindeer night is offered Dec. 18 at the Cookie House in Washington Park, said Jules Bahnsen, a member of the council.
The day after Thanksgiving has been a Christmas holiday tradition in downtown Sandusky, and the reindeer night has been a popular event that kids look forward to, Bahnsen said.
Children are told the reindeer come from the North Pole, and they can pose for pictures next to the animals.
The Community Celebrations Council, in operation since 1985, runs three community events:
• The Citizens Banking Company sponsors the Stars and Stripes Celebration.
• The Presbyterian Church-Doersbach Fund pays for the Gazebo Concert Series.
• KeyBank sponsors the Holiday Lighting Ceremony, held downtown the day after Thanksgiving.
Now, the council is hoping another sponsor will take care of Santa’s sleigh and the reindeer.
If a donor is found, the council will do its best to publicize the donor’s community spirit, said Susan Sartor, president of the Sandusky Community Celebrations Council.
The organization has 501(c)3 charity status with the IRS. Anyone wishing to discuss a donation can call Bahnsen at 419-357-5488.