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Holiday Parades in ILLINOISouth

Tiffany Garavaglia
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Events, Holiday Guide, Holidays, Tourism Times

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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