It's the 25th anniversary edition of Holiday Hop, an event too auspicious for just one Santa. And the dueling Kris Kringles scheduled to appear Saturday in the Short North are just two elements in a campaign of merriment awaiting shoppers, along with the usual unveiling of new shows in the neighborhood's galleries. Here's what to expect from both sides of this month's Hop.

It's the 25th anniversary edition of Holiday Hop, an event too auspicious for just one Santa. And the dueling Kris Kringles scheduled to appear Saturday in the Short North are just two elements in a campaign of merriment awaiting shoppers, along with the usual unveiling of new shows in the neighborhood's galleries. Here's what to expect from both sides of this month's Hop.

For the holidays

The former G&Co. location at Buttles and High will serve as Holiday Hop central this year. From 6-10 p.m. one Santa will be rocking a throne for still photos with good boys and girls, and another will join revelers in recording holiday wishes on video (parents of young kids, best of luck explaining that). The site will also offer hot cocoa and a chance to win prizes from Short North merchants.

Out on the street, musicians will perform at various locations from 5-10 p.m. On the schedule: caroling by The Pleasure Guild; Native American sounds from One World Entertainment; violinist Carter Rost; and a crowd-friendly mix of blues, jazz and pop from bands Meister, Blue Level and Corpse Collage.

In the galleries

Among the show highlights is Attic Days, a collection of portraits by Brooklyn-based artist Suzannah Sinclair, sourced from images in vintage men's magazines. Sinclair will visit Columbus for Saturday's opening and plans to deck the gallery out in era-appropriate furnishings and macrame hangings.

Lindsay Gallery, fresh from celebrating its own 10-year anniversary, will present folksy paintings from Janis Price and collages in repurposed linoleum flooring by Bill Miller.

Two galleries are bringing back popular annual exhibitions, the Small Works show of priced-to-give art at ROY G BIV and the group show of plush art, Stuff This IV, at Rivet.

Other sites will offer Holiday Hop-only happenings. At Monkey's Retreat, photographer Chas Ray Krider will fill the front window with live models and a "Motel Fetish" theme. Another installation inside will double as a holiday portrait studio.

A group show to benefit the scholarship fund of Dr. K. Joe Hines, an OSU alumnus who passed away in September at age 27, takes place at Kickstart Coffee.

Sean Christopher Gallery will add poetry and live music to its opening of an installation by Brenda Francis, Matt Bliton and Ed Fradd.

And at Sherrie Gallerie, the current exhibition of nature-minded porcelain by Tom and Elaine Coleman will be supplemented by a holiday show of Marilyn Parker's jewelry designs, and a make-your-own-jewelry station open from noon to 5 p.m.