"Next year it will go back to Main Street", Ed Bolt, vice president of sponsoring Safe Events For Families, (SEFF), and owner-operator of Main Street Photo Studio, said Monday.

Marc McNeece, president of the Knox County Chamber of Commerce, has been coordinating the popular lighted parade for 16 years, and this year, he said, is as diverse as ever.

Government Way will be closed to traffic during the parade from Hayden Avenue to Honeysuckle Avenue.

The parade begins at 11th Street and ends at Riehle Plaza, where a tree lighting ceremony caps off the night. Attendees can also expect plenty of holiday decorations, live music and festive snacks at this free community event.

At 1 p.m., "The Polar Express" is playing at the Long Center.

In darkness, Santa and Mrs. Claus returned to the square at 6 p.m.to help light the tree.

In the weeks before Christmas, as our little one is train obsessed, we like to take a ride on the Christmas train and drink hot chocolate.

The parade begins 6 p.m. on Riverside Drive West at Atkinson Park and heads west down Sandwich Street, ending at Brock Street.

Lieutenant Chris Flanagan, of the Sykesville fire company, encouraged folks to bring a new unwrapped toy to donate to the Johns Hopkins pediatric unit when attending their Sunday, Dec. 4, breakfast with Santa. After the parade, visitors are invited to enjoy extended holiday hours in downtown.

That's right, there are apps that will put your loved one in contact with Santa Claus himself.

Westminster fire company member Bob Ruby said children who visit get candy from Santa, and parents can buy a professional 5-by-7-inch photo for a $10 donation to the fire company.

The Dickens of a Christmas, where people act out scenes from "A Christmas Carol" on Main Street, is from 11 a.m.to 4 p.m. Musical entertainment will start at 6:30 p.m., along with refreshments provided by the Friends of the Library of Flagler County.

The lighting will be accompanied by a performance from the Ravenwood High School Choir. The 39th Annual Port Orange Christmas Parade starts Sunday at 2 p.m. on Dunlawton Avenue at Nova Road and runs east to Lafayette Street.

A tree lighting ceremony hosted by the Santa Ynez Chamber of Commerce happens on December 1 in Santa Ynez's Old Town. She and my dad made a decision to celebrate just the two of them, thinking it would be so romantic and glamorous and by lunchtime they were bored rigid and beating down the door of my grandparents house to get in on the holiday cheer.

There is no registration or fee to participate in the parade.

Local photographer Tom Bartholomew will also be taking pictures with Santa and a vintage Jeep at the Indiana Military Museum, 715 S. Sixth St., from 10 a.m.to 2 p.m. Line up on Washington and Third at 5:30 p.m.


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