THANK YOU to the Champaign Center Partnership for sponsoring our 2017 Champaign-Urbana Area Christmas Parade Guide!
If you’ve followed this website for any period of time you might know that we have a thing for parades. We’ve put together a list of all the Champaign-Urbana area Christmas parades for your convenience, in case you love parades as much as we do!
If you make it to just one holiday parade this season, make sure it’s the Parade of Lights on Saturday, Nov. 25, which steps off promptly at 6 p.m. Before the parade, fun activities for kids start as early as 2 p.m. You can head downtown to see Santa, who will visit with children at Big Grove Tavern from 3-5:45 p.m. Bring your camera!
More pre-parade entertainment kicks off at 5 p.m., when you can enjoy local musicians and performers throughout downtown as they entertain you before the parade.
OUR PARADE LISTINGS CONTINUE:
Saturday, Nov. 11:
Night of Lights Holiday Parade in Downtown Danville: The parade will begin at 5:30 p.m. at Vermilion and Williams Streets and travel south to Main Street. The parade will conclude with a display of the winning floats at the David S. Palmer Arena as part of the Festival of Trees put on by the Presence United Samaritans Medical Center Foundation. This year’s parade is dedicated to our veterans.
Saturday, Nov. 18:
Arthur Community Christmas Kickoff/Lighted Christmas Parade: Lighted Christmas Parade starts at 5 p.m. and heads up Vine Street. Enjoy Amish buggy rides and a visit from Santa. As part of Arthur’s 3rd Saturday Bazaar (Moultrie-Douglas Fairgrounds inside the Merchants Building), you can get your picture taken with Buddy the Elf, Olaf and Dasher the Reindeer.
Gibson City Holiday Parade and Tree-Lighting Ceremony: At 6:30 p.m., the parade starts on South Wood Street near County Market, making its way along First Street to Sangamon Avenue, where it turns north and moves down Tenth Street. Prior to (4 p.m.) and following the parade, Santa will visit with children at Ace.
Sunday, Nov. 19:
Farmer City Christmas Parade: The theme for the Farmer City Christmas Parade is “T’was the Night Before Christmas.” 2 p.m on Main Street.
Saturday, Nov. 25:
Paxton Christmas Parade and Santa Appearance: Head over to downtown Paxton at 1:30 p.m. for an old-fashioned holiday parade, featuring whimsical characters, school bands, color guards, firetrucks, floats, Shriners clowns, area dignitaries, old cars, tractors and, of course, Santa himself. Children may visit with Santa immediately following the parade at the Santa Hut in the lot by the downtown park and gazebo on Market Street.
Christie Clinic Parade of Lights: See above! The holiday season can’t begin until Santa makes his way through the streets of Downtown Champaign. This community favorite features floats, marching bands, and Santa Claus himself. The event concludes with the lighting of the Downtown Christmas Tree in the One Main Plaza immediately following the parade. So cozy up with some hot chocolate, find the perfect spot downtown and let’s welcome the start of the holiday season with a parade! Please note: In the event of severe and potentially dangerous weather (ice or snow storm, driving rain with lightning) the parade will be canceled. Starts at 6 p.m.; 7 pm – Tree Lighting in One Main Plaza.
Friday, Dec. 1:
Rantoul Lighted Christmas Parade: Parade at 6 p.m. followed by free fun activities and prizes. Tree lighting ceremony and caroling will also follow the parade.
Saturday, Dec. 2:
Monticello Christmas Parade: Kick off the holiday season with a parade in downtown Monticello at 11:30 a.m. The theme is “Name that Christmas Tune.”
Tuscola Christmastown Parade: Parade at 11 a.m. The parade starts at Ervin Park and ends at the community building.
Fisher Christmas Parade: Parade begins at 5 p.m. at the fairgrounds and travels down 3rd Street.
Sunday, Dec. 3:
Catlin Parade of Lights: Begins at 6 p.m. The parade originate behind Salt Fork High School and conclude at the Village Hall with the Annual Lighting of the Community Christmas Tree. This year’s theme is “A Classic Christmas.”
Saturday, Dec. 9
Bement Christmas Parade: 2 p.m. in downtown Bement. Afterward, Santa and Mrs. Claus will be available for photos.
Saturday, Dec. 16
Christmas Lighted Parade: 6 p.m. in downtown Homer. A Christmas Lighted Parade featuring Santa will roll down Main Street in Homer. The Homer Vintage Bakery will also be open offering hot coco and snacks. You may even hear a Christmas Caroler at the Caboose!
Not all parades had public information available at the time of this posting, so please send us information as it is released and we will update. You can add new events to our calendar here: http://www.chambanamoms.com/events/submit-event/
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