For those in need of some holiday cheer, a number of local parades are ringing in the Christmas season in the next two weeks. Families are being invited to line the streets and cheer on their favorite floats, marching bands, fire trucks, classic cars and local celebrities.
The 56th Annual Selbyville Christmas Parade will take place on Friday, Dec. 2, at 7 p.m. The parade route is along Church Street, from town hall to Main Street.
Children can visit Santa Claus and his elves beforehand, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., at the downtown Santa House. Hot cocoa and cookies will also be available.
Details are online at www.thequietresorts.com.
The 66th Annual Millsboro Christmas Parade moves back to the morning on Saturday, Dec. 3, at 10 a.m. The parade route is from M&T Bank on Mitchell Street, to Wilson Avenue, then W. Railroad Avenue or Monroe Street (based on construction) and Main Street.
The Greater Millsboro Art League will host an art exhibition with free hot chocolate and cookies for paradegoers. Later that day, from 3 to 5 p.m., Santa and Mrs. Claus will open the Santa House in the grassy lot next to Dairy Queen.
Details and are online at www.millsborochamber.com.
The Georgetown Christmas Parade will kick off on Thursday, Dec. 1, at 7 p.m. The theme this year is Christmas Dreams. Lineup begins at West Pine Street, and the parade continues through The Circle. Details are online at www.georgetowncoc.com.
The Dagsboro Christmas Parade marches into town on Thursday, Dec. 8, at 7 p.m. This year’s parade will again line up at Indian River High School (Clayton Avenue) and end at the Dagsboro Fire Hall (Clayton Street). The rain date is Friday, Dec. 9.
Details are online at www.dagsboro.delaware.gov.
The 34th Annual Ocean City Christmas Parade will march along Coastal Highway on Saturday, Dec. 3, starting at 11 a.m. on Old Landing Road and running northbound in the southbound lanes of Coastal Highway to the judges’ stand at 120th Street. The event will feature more than 50 units, including high school bands, horses, antique cars and colorful holiday floats.
Awards will be presented as part of a post-parade reception hosted by the Carousel Hotel, bringing additional family fun for participants and patrons alike. Festivities at the hotel will begin immediately after the parade conclusion and will include half-priced ice skating, a D.J. playing holiday music, free photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and complimentary winter refreshments.
For more information, contact Brenda Moore at (410) 250-0125 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lewes’ 85th Annual Christmas Parade is also set for Dec. 3, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. (with rain/snow date of Dec. 10). Prizes will be awarded for: Youth Marching Group, Band, Clown, Equestrian, Antique Car (vintage 1967 or older), Decorated Vehicle (recent vintage — 1967 or newer), Fire Company, Commercial Float, Community Organization Float and Youth Organization Float.
The parade begins on Savannah Road at Sussex Drive and will end in front of King’s Ice Cream Shop on Second Street.
For more information, visit http://www.leweschamber.com/event/chamber-events/lewes-85th-annual-chris....
On Tuesday, Dec. 6, it will be Rehoboth’s turn, with the Rehoboth Beach Hometown Christmas Parade, sponsored by the Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Department, starting at 6 p.m.
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