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Santa’s going green at Harborplace and The Gallery

The Big Guy in red is back – and he’s going green.

Santa is scheduled to return to a redecorated, environmentally friendly house at Harborplace and The Gallery at 6 p.m. Friday.

Illuminating the new digs made from 325 pounds of recycled metal will be a new, state-of-the-art LED lighting system – all engineered by Image Engineering, a local special effects company and sponsored by M&T Bank.

Dancing Santas from the Baltimore School for the Arts will entertain on the Harborplace promenade as the jolly man and his elves arrive (in a hush-hush vehicle – can you say “Grand Prix”?) and Part Harmony will provide holiday music to get all in the spirit.

Santa’s Place will be open through Christmas Eve, and each night at 6 a special light show and holiday carols will swirl the air around the site. Christopher Schardt, senior GM of Harborplace and The Gallery, owned by General Growth Properties, Inc., said Friday’s ceremony is a part of the 30th anniversary celebration there.

“We look forward to welcoming everyone back to shop, eat and take advantage of our wonderful array of holiday shopping opportunities and events,” he said.