Children and other revelers of the season can make arrangements to visit Santa and Mrs. Claus one last time before Christmas morning, according to an announcement from the jolly old man himself.
"From 6 p.m. until about 8 (p.m.), Santa and Mrs. Claus will be in their sleigh on the streets between Mountview (Road) and Northwest Boulevard, and between Lane Avenue and Zollinger Road," said Santa, who over the years has grown to bear a striking resemblance to Tim Huffman, owner of Huffman's Market in the Tremont Center.
Santa said this year will mark roughly the eighth straight year he and Mrs. Claus have taken a Christmas Eve ride around local streets.
It serves as something of a warmup lap for St. Nick, who later that evening plans to distribute plenty of little tin horns and little toy drums, rooty toot toots and rummy tum tums -- and maybe even some computer tablets, smartphones, bicycles, hoverboards and stuffed unicorns.
It's also the last chance to catch a glimpse of Santa and Mrs. Claus, the latter of whom many say is a doppelganger for Upper Arlington's own Glenda Huffman.
"It's fun for us to watch the people out there who come out to say hi and wave," Santa said. "It's also a neat way for parents to let the kids know that, 'Santa is here and it's time to go to bed.' "
The Clauses said they hope people will turn out to see them and enjoy an Upper Arlington Christmas Eve tradition they said lifts their spirits and seeks to bring the community together.
"It's a good time," Santa said.
"It benefits us, it benefits the community and we hope it spreads goodwill."