Santa Claus coming to town to kick off holiday season

Tradition: PenMet Parks, Key Pen Parks to host breakfasts Saturday; Gig Harbor to light tree downtown

of the GatewayDecember 4, 2013 

Santa, Mrs. Claus and their helpful elves made things easy last year during the Key Peninsula Parks/KP Firefighters Association pancake breakfast. The elves helped to keep the wee ones entertained while white-bearded chap in the red suit listened to holiday wishes.

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Santa Claus is coming to town. He’ll make several appearances during the next few weeks.

Here’s where you can catch the Jolly Old Elf and also enjoy pancakes, carols and more:

 • PenMet Parks will host a breakfast with Santa from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the Boys & Girls Club, 8502 Skansie Ave., Gig Harbor. The Gig Harbor Kiwanis Club will provide a hot pancake breakfast, which will include pancakes, a raffle, arts and crafts, a coloring contest, music and a family photo with Santa Claus.

Food donations will go to the Gig Harbor/Peninsula FISH Food Bank. There will be barrels at the Boys & Girls Club throughout December to collect additional donations.

The cost is $8 per person, and reservations are required at www.penmetparks.org.

 • KeyPen Parks also will host a breakfast with Santa from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the Key Center fire station. It’s the kickoff for Santa’s sleigh visits around the Key Peninsula.

Firefighters, fire commissioners, Key Pen Parks staff members and volunteers from Key Peninsula Middle School will be on hand as elves.

Registrations will be made by seating time. It costs $5 per person in advance, or $8 on the day of the event, which includes breakfast, arts and crafts and a photo with Santa Claus. Register at www.keypenparks.com or by calling 253-884-9240.

After he fuels up on pancakes, Santa will help light the holiday tree to kick off the holiday season in downtown Gig Harbor.

The tree at Skansie Brothers Park will be lit Saturday by Mayor Chuck Hunter and Santa, who will arrive on a Gig Harbor Fire & Medic One ladder truck. The event will start at 5 p.m. with carols by Spectrum Vocal Academy and a visit from the Tacoma Rainiers’ mascot, Rhubarb the Reindeer.

Santa hats will be available for children, sponsored by CenturyLink.

The 45-foot tree has been donated by Joint Base Lewis-McChord. The Gig Harbor Public Works Department brought the three into town Nov. 21.

After the tree is lit, Santa will listen to holiday wishes.

Reporter Karen Miller can be reached at 253-358-4155 or by email at karen.miller@gateline.com. Follow her on Twitter, @gateway_karen.

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