Who doesn’t love a Parade? Spectators and participants alike! Afterall, Parades are one of the oldest types of civic and cultural celebrations in the United States. The large public processions of lavish floats, thunderous marching bands, festive dance teams, honorary military units, delicately decorated vehicles, perfectly perched pageant winners, local celebrities & dignitaries, boisterous cartoon characters, exciting speciality acts promenade with Santa Claus’ arrival at the parade’s finale typically marking the start of the Christmas and Holiday season.
Tree lightings have also become an increasingly popular alternative to community parades. The anticipation begins with the first view of that perfect hand-picked tree and then builds with the brilliant illumination of lights which marks the beginning of the Holiday festivities!
Come one, Come all!
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17TH
MIDDLETOWN, DE 10:00AM – Presented by Middletown Main Street Inc., Christmas on Main will be held Saturday, Nov. 17, starting at 10 a.m., with the annual Christmas parade! Other activities continue throughout the day: Family activities 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Forest Church Parking Lot. Click here for more info.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 24TH
WILMINGTON, DE 3:00PM – 49th Annual Wilmington Jaycees Christmas Parade – The Wilmington Jaycees present the 49th Annual Christmas Parade to be held in Downtown Wilmington on Saturday, November 24 at 3 p.m. Click here for more info.
THIS JUST IN!
Luke Matheny, 2011 Oscar winner, will appear as a special guest at the 49th Annual Wilmington Jaycees Christmas Parade!
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1st
SMYRNA, DE – 5:00 PM. Caroling, Tree Lighting, & A Visit From Santa in front of Town Hall on Market Street Plaza. Be sure to follow Santa to the Plank House, located behind the Smyrna Museum at 11 South Main Street! From 3PM – 5PM, there will be free kids activities and snacks too. Don’t forget to shop local and support our downtown businesses, many will be featuring holiday specials! Click here for more information.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7TH
NEWARK, DE 6:00PM – Winterfest, Friday, December 7th at 6pm, promises to be a wonderful addition to the 2012 Holiday season. Holiday entertainment, roasting chestnuts, caroling, tree lighting, ice carving demonstrations, and much more will fill this wonderful evening of fun for the whole family. Main and Academy Streets in Newark, DE. Click here for more information.
ELSMERE, DE 6pm: – Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. Enjoy some light refreshments while you carol by our holiday tree and with clear weather children may get a visit from Santa. Children will be able to create a homemade gift to give to someone special and have their faces painted with holiday cheer. Bring your family and friends for a night of joyous holiday festivities. Friday, December 7, 2012, 6:00 p.m. at Town Hall located at 11 Poplar Avenue, Elsmere, DE 19805
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 9th
ELSMERE, DE 2pm – Join the City of Elmere for the Annual Elsmere Holiday Parade on Sunday, December 9, 2012 at 2:00pm. For information about participating in the Parade, please contact the Elsmere Fire Company at (302) 999-0183.
Arrive Early for the best spots. If you can’t arrive early, remember sometimes the best views of a parade are off the beaten path. Try watching a parade toward the end of the route or where it turns a corner.
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