Saturday, November 30, 2019 at 6pm

Theme: "Winter Wonderland"

The holiday season can't begin until Santa makes his way up Neil Street at the Parade of Lights, presented by Christie Clinic! This beloved community event features marching bands, lighted floats and the Jolly Fellow himself!

 

Held in the heart of Downtown Champaign on Small Business Saturday, the Parade of Lights features a full day of pre-parade activities including visits with Santa, a kids' scavenger hunt to local businesses, and live music and carolers. A tree lighting ceremony immediately follows the parade in One Main Plaza. Click here to view an album of last year's parade, attended by over 5,000 people!

 

The 19th Annual Parade of Lights will be held on Saturday, November 30, 2019 at 6pm. This year's theme is "Winter Wonderland." Please check back on this page for updates  and follow our Facebook event for current information about the parade day schedule and parking information.

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2019 EVENT SCHEDULE

10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. - Shop Local Holiday Market at SoDo Theatre - Vendor Application Available Here

2:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. - Horse & Carriage rides depart from the Orpheum Children's Science Museum (ticketed event)

3:00 p.m. - 5:45 p.m. - Visits with Santa at Big Grove Tavern

3:30 p.m. - 5:45 p.m. - Find Frosty Scavenger Hunt begins at Jane Addams Book Shop

4:00 p.m. - 5:45 p.m. - Parade VIP reception opens at Hamilton Walker's (ticketed event)

5:00 p.m. - 5:45 p.m. - Carolers & local musicians provide live entertainment downtown

6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. - Parade! (route map available here)

7:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. - Tree lighting in One Main Plaza

HOLIDAY MARKET

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NEW THIS YEAR! Shop Local before the Parade of Lights at a special One-Day Holiday Market featuring dozens of local vendors and artisans in the SoDo Theater, 111 S. Walnut Street from 10am-5pm. Enjoy a cozy hometown vibe and live music on the stage in the afternoon.

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VISITS WITH SANTA

Bring your little ones to Big Grove Tavern to visit with Santa on November 30 from 3:00 to 5:45 p.m. Don't forget your cameras! Free.

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PARADE VIP

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Celebrate the Parade of Lights with a unique VIP experience! Warm up with light bites then make your way to Park Avenue to enjoy reserved seating and a goody bag. Tickets on sale now - more information available here

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Sponsored by:

2019 First Place Float - by Arrow Glass

ENTER THE PARADE

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of parade entries. Please contact 217-352-2400

to be placed on the wait list.

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VOLUNTEER WITH US

2019 PARADE OF LIGHTS COMMITTEE

Committee Chair:

Tricia Johnson, Arrow Glass

Sophie Bui, Christie Clinic

Tammy Brewer, TownePlace Suites by Marriott

Joe Coffman, Champaign Urbana Jaycees

Judy Elmore, Jane Addams Book Shop

Lauren Gramly, Habitat for Humanity

Xander Hazel, Orpheum Children's Science Museum

Stephanie Hess, Tutor Doctor

Jenette Jurczyk, One Main Development

Genevieve Kirk, Champaign Center Partnership

Mariah Madison, Nannyville LLC

Hilary Porter, Walnut Street Tea

Veronica Severini, Champaign Center Partnership

James Buford, GAS Barbershop & Hair Salon

Rebecah Platt, GAS Barbershop & Hair Salon

CARRIAGE RIDES

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Enjoy a scenic tour of Downtown Champaign before the Parade of Lights! Merrybeth Farm Carriage Services will be offering horse and carriage rides  the afternoon of the parade, departing from the parking lot just north of the Orpheum Children's Science Museum. Ticketed event. Tickets on sale now - more information available here.

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SCAVENGER HUNT

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Go on a Scavenger Hunt to Find Frosty before the parade begins! Pick up a clue sheet at 3:30 p.m. at Jane Addams Book Shop and make your way through downtown, stopping at your favorite local businesses. Find them all and get a prize! Free.

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TREE LIGHTING

Make your way to One Main Plaza at the close of the parade at watch Santa and special guests as they announce parade float winners and light up the Tree of Lights in a special ceremony!

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Thank you to sponsors of the 2019 Parade of Lights!

Title Sponsor

North Pole Sponsors

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Sleigh Sponsors

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Santa's Workshop Sponsors

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Elf Sponsors

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Reindeer Sponsors

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Street Pole Sponsors

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Love the annual Parade of Lights and want to support development in Champaign Center?

 

You can make a donation online that will go directly to supporting this year's Champaign Center Parade of Lights, brought to you by the Champaign Center Partnership, a 501(c)6 nonprofit organization.

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