Annual Grafton Christmas Parade returns


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 slated for Friday, December 3, 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. 

Not only will the Jolly Old Elf make his way to Grafton, but residents and guests will also see some 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. near 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,” Grafton Police Chief Bobby Beltner said.

The annual event is set to kick off at 6:30 p.m.

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 4. 

“By not allowing individuals to park along the route, we ensure that attendees will be able to enjoy the parade more,” shared Deputy Chief Coleman Durrett. “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 that evening.

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, Gallery 62 West will be welcoming individuals to take in their tree display and so much more.

Those wishing to participate in this year’s Christmas Parade are asked to contact Chief Beltner by phone at 304-265-0101. 

Alternately, email registrations may be sent to [email protected]. Participants will need to include their name, type of entry and contact information in the email.

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