GRAFTON—Following the enchantment of the illumination of tens of thousands of lights and the community Christmas tree during the city’s annual Light Up Night on Friday, the magic of the Christmas season will continue on Saturday, as the community welcomes Santa and Mrs. Claus to Grafton, during the annual Christmas Parade.
This year's parade will wind through downtown beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Not only will the Jolly Old Elf make his way to Grafton, but residents and guests will also see familiar faces such as Frosty the Snowman, Disney Frozen’s Olaf and more.
“Everyone be ware, the “Mean One,” Mr. Grinch will be on hand to try to stop the Christmas parade and spoil the Christmas Spirit in all of us,” warned City Manager Kevin Stead.
Lineup for the parade will begin at 5:30 p.m. at Grafton High School, and the Grafton Police Department will begin closing the route, from the school down Yates, across the bridge on Beech Street, and then onto Main Street, at approximately 6:00 p.m.
“We are asking that individuals avoid the area down near the high school, if they are not taking part in the parade, to help with congestion in that area,” Beltner said.
In addition, the department would like to remind residents and guests to the community that there will be no parking on Main Street from the Latrobe Street intersection down to the intersection of Main and St. John’s Streets (the hill beside the Grafton Fire Department) during the annual Christmas Parade.
All vehicles will need to be removed from the area by 4:00 p.m., on Saturday, December 7.
“By not allowing individuals to park along the route, we ensure that attendees will be able to enjoy the parade more,” shared Deputy Chief Michael Kochka. “Because it will be dark and harder to see, we are urging everyone to be extra careful while driving near or along the parade route following the parade, as there will be more foot traffic in the area.
The route and parking spots will be opened back up for use following the parade, but individuals are encouraged to use caution when traveling through downtown Grafton, because children and families will be present for the Gigantic Toy Giveaway, sponsored by the Mountain Statesman and Project HOP2E, following the parade.
Santa and Mrs. Claus will be handing out toys to boys and girls, registered in the toy giveaway, at the Grafton Fire Department immediately following the parade.
While downtown, be sure to check out the beautiful display of lights on the International Mother’s Day Shrine grounds, including this year’s Christmas Tree. Stop by Toad Hall and take in the dazzling display of dancing lights on trees, as well as the city’s nativity scene.
Shops will be open to welcome guests, the Gallery will be welcoming individuals to take in their tree display, s’mores will be served up by a bonfire and so much more.
“Grafton is truly a magical place during the holidays,” shared Grafton Mayor Peggy Barney. “We are happy and proud to welcome guests to visit our town to take in the beauty of a picturesque scene of Christmastime.”