Santa Claus will be making appearances in downtown Ottawa this weekend for children to come visit.
There are several downtown events planned. Lenni Giacin, Ottawa Main Street Association director, said parents and grandparents have quite a few opportunities to bring the children to see Santa Claus. Giacin said Breakfast with Santa will run an hour as Santa needs to leave at 10 a.m. to be at the parade, which starts at 11 a.m.
“It is a free event,” Giacin said. “Come in and talk with Santa and sit on his lap. Have a good time. Stay around and see him at the parade.”
Giacin said the Christmas parade lineup is coming together. She said there was an increase in entries this year. She said the entrants include the VFW color guard, National Guard Armory, Shriners, local churches and civic groups along with the Pomona Ski Club.
She said people can stay after the parade for the Candy Cane Hunt and visit the downtown shops for Christmas shopping. The free event is for children up to the age of 10. The age divisions are under 3, 4-6 and 7-10.
“We have lots of festive things to do,” Giacin said. “The shops will all be open. I hope everybody comes out and has a good time, There is still a lot of the Christmas season left. It will be fun.”
The City Band will present “Joy of the Season” on Sunday afternoon.
The events on Saturday and Sunday are:
• Breakfast with Santa, Plaza Theater, 9-10 a.m.
• Christmas Parade, downtown, 11 a.m.
• ORC Candy Cane Hunt, Franklin County Courthouse lawn, after parade.
• Sears Open House with Santa, Saturday afternoon.
• Pictures with Santa, OMA, 1-2 p.m. Sunday
• Ottawa City Band Christmas Concert, OMA, 2-3:30 p.m. Sunday.