Santa Claus must have a soft spot for Sandusky, because he's coming to town again.
The traditional tree lighting ceremony returns from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, but note that there's some new wrinkles.
This time, Santa will help light the tree at Mylander Plaza, then there will be a procession to Washington Park along Columbus Avenue to Santa's usual hangout at the Cookie House. The procession is meant to give everyone a good view.
As in past years, the Sandusky Library Follett House museum will be decorated for Christmas and open to everyone. The Merry-Go-Round Museum also will be open.
And there will be a free showing of the movie "Polar Express" at 7 p.m. at the Sandusky State Theatre.
Here are the streets that will close: Washington Row, Washington Street, Market Street, and Water Street between Jackson Street and Wayne Street. Also, Columbus Avenue between Adams Street and Water Street.