SOUTH BEND -

South Bend is prepping for a very "special guest" on Friday.

Santa Claus is scheduled to meet up with Mayor Pete Buttigieg at the Morris Performing Arts Center at 5:30 p.m. where he will help with the tree lighting on the gridiron. 

Santa will ride a fire truck to the former College Football Hall of Fame on the gridiron.

Jolly Ol' Saint Nick will take pictures with kids outside from 6:30 until 9 p.m.

You'll want to take your own camera for that. It's free.

There's also a pop up shop inside the old Hall of Fame building. It's called "Playgroup" and is a place where parents can play with their kids. That costs $5 per child.