The holiday season begins on Saturday, November 30 in the heart of Downtown Champaign as Santa rides on his sleigh up Neil Street at the Champaign Center Parade of Lights, presented by Christie Clinic! In its 19th year, this beloved community event features lighted floats, marching bands, and Santa Claus himself. Join us for a full day of activities downtown on Small Business Saturday. The parade will kick off promptly at 6pm. This is a free event!EVENT SCHEDULE:10:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Shop Local Holiday Market at SoDo Theatre3:00 PM – 5:45 PM – Visits with Santa at Big Grove Tavern3:30 PM – 5:30 PM – Horse & Carriage Rides depart from Orpheum Children’s Science Museum (ticketed event)3:30 PM – 5:45 PM – Find Frosty! Scavenger Hunt begins at Jane Addams Bookshop4:00 PM – 5:45 PM – Parade VIP reception opens at Hamilton Walker’s (ticketed event)5:00 PM – 5:45 PM – Carolers & Local Musicians provide live entertainment at various downtown venues – TBA6:00 PM – 7:00 PM – Parade of Lights7:00 PM – 7:30 PM – Tree Lighting in One Main PlazaFloat entry form, the parade route map and sponsorship opportunities are available at: http://www.champaigncenter.com/parade-of-lights
Champaign Center Partnership is a 501(c)6, membership-based, nonprofit organization representing over 150 businesses, organizations, and individuals concentrated in Champaign’s Central Business District Downtown, Midtown, and Campustown.