Sit down with Santa at the Jingle Bell Brunch on Saturday, Dec. 6. Fill your belly with festive treats, create crafts in Santa's workshops and meet the man himself. There will be Santa photos, merry music and entertainment, too. Preregistration required. 9:30–11:30 a.m. Ages 2–11 $6, ages 12 and older $8. Federal Way Community Center, 876 S. 333rd St., Federal Way. 253-835-6900, cityoffederalway.com.
Santa will be parade-hopping around the South Sound area on Saturday, Dec. 6. Catch a peek at Santa and his crew heading down Main Street in the Sumner Santa Parade at 2 p.m. Then Santa jumps onto a fire truck to join downtown Puyallup’s Santa Parade at 4 p.m. He finishes his trip in the Auburn Santa Parade at 4:30 p.m., followed by community caroling and a Christmas tree lighting. All parades are free for spectators.
No holiday season would be complete without a family outing to see the battle between the Nutcracker Prince and the Mouse King in The Nutcracker. Ballet Northwest, Washington state’s oldest company, performs to music by Tchaikovsky in this annual holiday tradition. Dec. 12–21: Fridays 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays 2 p.m., 7:30 p.m.; Sundays 2 p.m. Adults $20.50–$27.50, students/seniors $16.50–$23.50 (plus service fee). Washington Center for the Performing Arts Center, 512 Washington St. S.E., Olympia. 360-753-8586.
Tacoma artists Marc Dombrosky and Shannon Eakins create a simulated snowdrift with thousands of paper snowflakes for the free community festival Snowbound! on Sunday, Dec. 14. Visitors will get a chance step inside this snow-globe-like blizzard, make snowflakes, and join sing-alongs and knitting circles. Noon–5 p.m. Free. Tacoma Art Museum, 1701 Pacific Ave., Tacoma. 253-272-4258.