Santa Claus is coming to town tonight in Leader. 

Santa Night is a community night, hosted by the Leader and District Chamber of Commerce. It will feature St. Nicholas and a few other 'Hallmark' style attractions for people of all ages.

Helping to organize the Christmas-themed evening is Lee Elsasser, development officer for the Leader and District Chamber of Commerce. 

"We get everybody from young to old coming and enjoying the evening," said Elsasser. "We try and put it on as a very hallmark style situation, and seems to enjoy it."

Various members of the Chamber have helped to bring this evening to life. Starting things tomorrow at 6 p.m., Santa Claus will be at the gazebo in the Millennium Garden. 

"Our alternate location is the Sandhills Credit Union in case the weather is bad," said Elsasser. "I'll make that call today."

Photos with Kris Kringle are going to be $3 each, with Dirk Family Pharmacy handing out treat bags. 

Leader Hardware Store is going to have a bonfire for folks to warm up with, along with a hot chocolate stand operating with a variety of toppings. 

The local food bank in Leader is accepting goods by donation, taking all those proceeds. Leaders local youth group has volunteered to run that particular operation. 

Wagon rides will be picking up folks at the Sandhills Credit Union, sponsored by the Great Sandhills Railway, starting early at 5:30 p.m.

Free hotdogs are there for the hungry, courtesy of Gord Stueck. 

Carollers will patrol the downtown, put together by the Churches of Leader. 

Late-night shopping will be open from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at various downtown businesses. 

At the end of the night, fireworks purchased by the Town of Leader will light up the sky over the Millenium Gardens at 8 p.m.

Folks will be able to pick up a holiday passport, which they can complete by checking out the various stops and attractions taking place in the evening. Completing it gets them entered for a chance to win 500 Leader dollars. These are accepted by business members of the Leader and District Chamber of Commerce. 

"Which is pretty much all of our downtown core businesses," said Elsasser. "You can spend them just like you would spend a normal $20 bill. It just only can be spent in Leader."

There are no age restrictions, and pets are welcome to come for photos with Santa.