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Annual Santa Claus Parade A Go

Annual Santa Claus Parade A Go

"The Tree Lighting Ceremony is the ideal time for kids of all ages to come and experience all that our lovely downtown has to offer as we officially kick off the holiday season", Councilwoman Anna Miller said.

A visit by Santa and Mrs. Claus, the singing of carols, the reading of a classic holiday tale, and a tree-lighting will mark the third consecutive year of A Very Swanzey Christmas. Thousands of luminaries line the streets of the neighborhood.

Merchants will be open from 6 p.m.to 9 p.m. with special sales promotions just in time for Christmas. Grover Vining, Philadelphia and Neshoba County's 2017 Citizen of the Year, will serve as grand marshal.

Hundreds of spectators lined Main and Jackson streets to watch the half-hour parade, which featured many lighted floats and ended with the arrival of Santa Claus. There will be no parking along the parade route and on some adjacent side streets beginning at 2 p.m. on the day of the parade.

The celebration begins at 10 a.m.at Garnet Avenue and Bayard Street with the San Diego Santa Run 5k and mile runs.

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The city's Christmas Tree will be lit at 6:20 p.m. Friday. The parade steps off at 4 p.m. The theme of this year's event is "Peace on Earth". Stop in at Assisi Hall at Bell Tower after the ride to warm up with hot chocolate, hot cider, popcorn and cookies and visit with Santa. Visitors can enjoy 10 tons of snow, and the first 400 children will receive goody bags. Plenty of fun for the family; tour the decorated Christmas trees and enter the raffles for the decorated trees, gift baskets and wreaths.

Prior to the parade, a tree lighting was held in Herb Monroe Community Park.

The town's tree will be lit at 6 p.m. with the parade starting at 7 p.m. Winners will be announced during the parade. It's Saturday from 10 a.m.to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m.to 5 p.m.

The parade, with the theme of "A Danish Tradition", travels through the village.

The party is free, but participants are asked to bring canned food items if possible to benefit the food pantry.