Holiday parades for families in Champaign-Urbana and beyond
We have all the Christmas and holiday season parades that kids will love.
We’ve put together a list of all the Christmas holiday parades in Champaign-Urbana and beyond for your convenience, in case you’d like to visit one or more parades this season.
The following parades can be found across Champaign, McLean, Ford, and Iroquois counties, so don’t fret if you miss one. Generally, they’re within an hour of Champaign-Urbana.
Please note that some parades may be cancelled or postponed in the event of inclement weather, so when in doubt check first.
Saturday, November 19, 2022
Location: Gibson City, Gibson City
Time: 6:30 pm
The tradition returns! Gibson City brings back its traditional lighted holiday parade this year, with a festive parade happening in downtown Gibson City.
Sunday, November 20, 2022
Location: Downtown Farmer City, Farmer City
Time: 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
One of the largest Christmas parades in central Illinois with marching bands, holiday floats, Shriners, antique cars and tractors, and much more!
Friday, November 25, 2022
Location: Downtown Watseka, Watseka
Time: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The parade is scheduled for 7 p.m. Find more parade updates here: https://www.facebook.com/WatsekaAreaChamber
Saturday, November 26, 2022
Location: Downtown Paxton, Paxton
Time: 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
This year's theme is "Home for the Holidays: Celebrating Paxton". The parade begins at the intersection of Taft and Orleans streets. The parade will move east on Orleans Street before turning onto Market Street. It ends at the intersection of Market and Pine streets.
Time: 2:00 pm
Clinton's Annual Christmas Parade "Christmas Past and Present" Parade takes place November 26, 2022 at 2:00pm. PARADE ROUTE: Parade begins promptly at 2:00pm at Nixon Manor Housing, 520 East Main Street, travels down East Main Street, around Mr. Lincoln’s Square, and ends at the intersection of East Adams / South Center Streets.
Location: Downtown Champaign, Champaign
Time: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
The Parade of Lights returns to Downtown Champaign once again The shop local holiday season officially kicks off on Saturday, November 26 in the heart of Downtown Champaign! Join Champaign Center to see a procession of lighted floats followed by the one-and-only Santa riding up on his sleigh during the 22nd annual Champaign Center Parade of Lights, presented by Christie Clinic! This year's theme is the Island of Misfit Toys! The parade will start promptly at 6 p.m. This is a free event! Enjoy a full day of activities downtown on Small Business Saturday. EVENT SCHEDULE 2:30 PM - 5:30…read more…
Sunday, November 27, 2022
Location: Village of Milford, Milford
Time: 3:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Come out before the Milford Christmas Parade at the Village of Milford Building (the Depot) for the following festivities: 3:30-4:45 p.m. - Santa Meet and Greet - be ready to photograph your little ones with Santa 3:30 - 4:45 p.m. - Enjoy Cookies and Hot Chocolate - (compliments of the Village Office Gals - Tricia and Robin) 4:45 p.m. - Community Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony featuring Parade Grand Marshal Austin Crawford and local singer Craig "Froggy" Dickinson Parade begins at 5 p.m. Parade starts by Police Station on Jones St, continues West through 4-way stop, turns Left on Park Dr…read more…
Location: Downtown Catlin, catlin
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Tree lighting and visits with Santa following the parade. Activities include chili/hot dog dinner, hot chocolate, craft bazaar & more!
Friday, December 2, 2022
Location: Downtown Sullivan, Sullivan
Time: 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Christmas Traditions downtown Sullivan! Visits with Santa, kids activities, make a s'more, carriage rides and more. Lighted Christmas Parade starts at 6pm.
Location: Downtown, Rantoul
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
This lighted parade begins at 6pm and has activities following the parade, like crafts, visits and pictures with Santa and more. The parade will begin on Chanute, turn left onto Sangamon Ave, and continue into Downtown Rantoul. It will end in the old Roger's parking lot, located off of Kentucky Ave.
Saturday, December 3, 2022
Location: Tuscola Community Building, Tuscola
Time: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Kick off the holiday season in Tuscola! Parade starts at 11am.
Location: Tuscola Community Building, Tuscola
Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
The annual Christmastown Parade will be held on December 3 at 11am! Line up will start at 10:30 am along the pool road at Ervin Park.
Location: Monticello Courthouse Square Historic District, Monticello
Time: 11:30 am
The parade is in Downtown Monticello on December 3, 2022 stepping off at 11:30 AM. You are invited to participate and help make this a fun event for the entire community. The 2022 parade theme is:"CHRISTMAS THROUGH THE DECADES” The parade route will be the same as last year, north on Hamilton to Center, west on Center to State, south on State back to the school. For a Map go here. If you wish to put an entry in the parade, please fill out the online registration form by November 21, 2022. Follow the event on Facebook for more information!
Location: Weldon Village Hall, Weldon
Time: 1:00 pm
Head to Weldon for their Annual Weldon Village Christmas!! They will kick off the holiday season with a LIGHTED Christmas Parade!
Location: Downtown Decatur, Decatur
Time: 4:30 pm
Start your holiday season with the 2022 Decatur Christmas Parade! Head to Downtown Decatur on Saturday, December 3rd for a Decatur holiday staple filled with fun floats, great music, local celebrities, delicious candy, and more. The parade starts at 4:30 pm. Check out the Facebook event for more info!
Location: Downtown Sidney, Sidney
Time: 5:00 pm
As part of Sidney Hometown Christmas: Downtown Sidney: Christmas Parade (contact Bret Harris @ 217-279-0160 for info): 5pm For more info, check out the Sidney Improvement Group on Facebook.
Location: Downtown Effingham, Effingham
Time: 5:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Lighted Christmas parade, live reindeer, visit with Santa, Carriage rides, cookie decorating, Mistletoe Market and so much more!
Location: Downtown Fisher, Fisher
Time: 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Come on out to the annual Fisher Christmas Parade! Parade route and line-up will begin at fairgrounds and will travel down 3rd Street. This annual parade starts at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3. Floats, decorated cars/trucks, and more.
Location: Downtown Danville, Danville
Time: 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Get in the Christmas Spirit with the Danville Night of Lights Parade!
Saturday, December 10, 2022
Location: Downtown Arcola, arcola
Time: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Head to downtown Arcola and see the lighted Christmas parade down Main Street.
Location: Downtown St. Joseph, St. Joseph
Time: 6:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Lighted Christmas parade in St. Joe!
Not all parades had public information available at the publishing time of this post, so please send us information as it is released and we will update. You can add new events to our calendar here.
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