1 BREAKFAST WITH SANTA — Breakfast with Santa Claus isn’t just for the young, but also for the “young at heart,” according to Ottawa Main Street Association executive director Lenni Giacin. From 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday, Jolly Old Saint Nick will be at the Plaza Cinema lobby before the Christmas Parade. Come tell Santa what you want for Christmas and share a doughnut and juice. Don’t forget to bring your camera and take a picture. Stay for the Christmas parade, which starts at 11 a.m. on Main Street in downtown Ottawa.
2 CHRISTMAS PARADE — After breakfast, snag a spot on downtown Main Street for the annual Christmas parade. The theme this year is “Hometown Christmas,” with all the traditions, treats and “homey feelings for the holidays,” Giacin said. The parade will start at Forest Park and head south down Main Street. Ottawa police and fire departments, emergency medical personnel, horses, floats and several commercial and civic groups will be participating. From 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m., Ottawa Recreation Commission is having a Candy Cane Hunt at City Park, Fourth and Main streets, Ottawa.
3 THE NUTCRACKER — Catch the famous ballet “The Nutcracker” performed by Ottawa’s own Spotlight Dance Academy with two performances this weekend at Ottawa Memorial Auditorium, 301 S. Hickory St., Ottawa. The show will take place 6 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday. Online ticket sales have ended, however seats are still available at the door the day of for $15.