Holiday Parades in ILLINOISouth

Posted on 11/26/2013 by TheTourismBureau

Of all of the sights and sounds of the season, few things can fill the air with holiday cheer like a parade!

Several towns in ILLINOISouth host holiday parades, each with its own creative twist - from live music and dancers to floats and fireworks. Gather the family, bundle up and hit the streets to experience one, or many, of these fun-filled winter activities: November 29 Santa Claus Parade & Lighting of the Fountain Belleville Come welcome Santa to Belleville for the largest holiday parade in Southern Illinois featuring 100 parade floats, marching bands and dance groups. Then see the Fountain come to Christmas life! 618-233-2015 belleville west band The Belleville West Marching Band Lighted Christmas Parade Highland This annual holiday parade culminates with the official lighting of the Downtown Square where musicians, Madrigal singers, carriage rides, hot chocolate, kettle corn and Santa himself await visitors. Parade begins at 6:30 p.m. 618-654-3721 November 30 Christmas Parade & Fireworks Breese The parade begins at 6:00pm and starts by the tracks on North Main and travels to the park. We will welcome Santa, and he will light up the park, before the evening is capped with a fireworks display! 618-526-7731 Christmas Parade O’Fallon 618-624-4500 City of Olney Christmas Parade Olney Don’t miss the sights and sounds of Christmas during the Olney Christmas Parade. Santa will be making his grand entrance to Olney. 618-395-7302 olney lighted parade A beautiful lighted float in Olney GLOW Lighted Holiday Parade Waterloo Come out to see all the wonderfully lit up Christmas themed parade floats! 618-939-7433 Sparta Lighted Parade & Holiday Events Sparta The Howell Holiday Hustle is at 5pm. All the activities lead up to the parade at 6pm. 618-317-7222 December 1 Weihnachtsfest Parade Millstadt St. Nicholas arrives in the parade that begins at noon. 618-476-1514 December 6 Christmas in Carlyle - Parade & Fireworks Carlyle The Christmas season kicks off with a parade and fireworks starting at 6:30pm. 618-594-2468 Miracle on Main Mascoutah The parade will feature floats as well as Santa Claus. Plus enjoy the tree lighting, business open house, caroling and illuminated candle contest. 618-566-2244 Santa Arrives in mascoutah Santa arrives in Mascoutah December 6-8 Silver Bells It’s Christmas Time in River City Chester There’s a lighted paraded, craft show, quilt show, carriage rides and more! 618-826-1430 December 7 Lighted Christmas Parade Albion See the beautiful lighted Christmas Parade held after a day of craft sales and special events in downtown Albion. 618-445-2303 Bright Night Lighted Christmas Parade Columbia 618-281-7144 columbia - American Legion truck A truck decorated and manned by the Columbia American Legion Lighted Christmas Parade Fairfield 618-842-6116 Christmas Parade Mt. Carmel This year’s lighted Christmas parade’s theme is “Christmas Vacation.” 618-262-5116 Santa Comes to Town Lawrenceville Santa will come to town with a parade at 11 a.m., that begins at the Lawrence County Senior Citizens Center on 12th and travels North on to the Courthouse Square. Activities around the square follow the parade. 618-943-3516 Rotary Club Christmas Parade Downtown Vandalia 10 a.m. 618-283-2728 This information originally appeared as a calendar spotlight in the 2013 Tourism Times Holiday Guide. Click Here to receive this award winning publication Free of Charge three times annually and stay up to date on everything going on in ILLINOISouth!

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