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.
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
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.
2019 First Place Float - by Arrow Glass
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2019 PARADE OF LIGHTS COMMITTEE
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
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.
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!
Thank you to sponsors of the 2019 Parade of Lights!
Street Pole Sponsors
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.