If you need a booster dose of holiday spirit, all you need to do is attend the Christmas Parade of Lights in historic downtown Palestine. This beloved annual event is scheduled for Saturday, December 7, at 7 p.m. and promises a festive evening of fun for the whole family.
A good old-fashioned Christmas parade is a surefire way to rekindle your sense of peace, joy, and goodwill. Palestine’s Christmas Parade of Lights has become a highly anticipated tradition for locals and visitors. It kicks off with the lighting of the tree at the Anderson County Courthouse, a dazzling vision that sets the tone for the festivities to follow.
Following the courthouse tree lighting, brightly decorated floats, marching bands, and performers join the procession through the streets of Old Town Palestine. The last to arrive – cruising in style atop a shiny red fire truck – is the man of the hour, Santa Claus himself. Following the parade, Santa will meet with children in Reagan Park.
The Parade Route
Starting from the Anderson County Courthouse, the parade makes a circuit through the streets of downtown:
- From Avenue A to Main Street
- Right onto Queen Street
- Right on Crawford Street
- Back to the courthouse
Before and After the Parade
All day long, downtown Palestine is abuzz with the hustle and bustle of the season as people gather in the heart of town to shop, stroll, and dine. The Palestine Area Chamber of Commerce and the City of Palestine have coordinated a full day of holiday-oriented activities. Kids will especially love Pancakes with Mrs. Claus. For $10 per person, you can enjoy a delicious pancake breakfast at Over Yonder Crafts (612 West Oak Street) with the First Lady of Christmas. Get your tickets while they last.
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