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Downtown Holland's Annual Parade Of Lights Continues To Grow

From: http://www.downtownholland.com/

Downtown Holland’s Parade of Lights continues to grow year after year, and with over 75 entries in this year’s parade, attendees will be treated to the largest, and brightest, parade yet. During the procession, which is scheduled to begin at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, November 30, the multitude of parade entries will illuminate the heated streets of Downtown Holland with thousands of twinkling lights. The parade begins at the corner of Eighth Street and Columbia Avenue and continues down Eighth Street until it reaches the Eight Street Market Place, home of the Holiday Kerstmarkt.

The lineup for this year’s Parade of Lights includes non-profit organizations, marching bands, families, local businesses, and radio stations. The main requirement for participating in the parade is decorating with lots of lights, meaning that parade floats, commercial and passenger vehicles, and even individuals themselves will all be decorated with sparkling lights from top to bottom.

Included in the lineup again this year will be the Macatawa Area Express (MAX) Transit Trolley, appearing as part of the organization’s “Stuff The Bus” annual food drive for the Community Action House.  Parade attendees are encouraged to bring canned goods and other non-perishable food items with them to the parade, which will be collected by volunteer “elves” pushing shopping carts along the parade route.  Special guest Gerry Barnaby will be appearing in the parade once again the Grand Marshal.

The highlight of the Parade of Lights, however, is always everyone’s favorite big guy in red, Santa Claus himself.  At the end of the parade, Santa will greet young and old alike at the Eighth Street Market, where the Holland Area Friends of Art will be hosting the Holiday Kerstmarkt.  The Kerstmarkt is an open-air European Christmas Market, where vendors in historically crafted booths sell unique handmade gifts and authentic Dutch holiday treats.  Santa’s reindeer will also be available at the Eighth Street Market Place for children to see and pet as part of the Reindeer Ranch, sponsored by Parkway Electric.

To allow for a wider parade route, and to ensure the safety of the parade attendees, vehicles will be prohibited from parking downtown on Eighth Street between Columbia and Pine Avenues from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm the day of the parade.  Free parking will still be available in the parking lots on Seventh and Ninth Streets, at the Eighth Street Market Place, and on the Seventh Street Parking Deck. Special thanks to Michigan’s Give ‘em a Brake Safety Coalition for supporting the safety of the Parade of Lights attendees.

For more information on the holiday events below, please visit the Downtown Holland website at www.downtownholland.com, check out the Downtown Holland Facebook page, or contact the Holland Area Convention and Visitor’s Bureau at 616-394-0000 (Toll free 800-506-1299).  Happy holidays from Downtown Holland!