Cedaredge is rolling out the red carpet for the community to enjoy a kickoff to Christmas with the annual Parade of Lights, brought to you by a generous sponsorship by US Bank. The Parade of Lights is Saturday, Dec. 2, at 6 p.m., and will run from 5th Street to Hwy. 65 along Main Street in Cedaredge.
The parade is a wonderful way to connect with the community. Businesses, civic clubs, youth organizations, churches and other groups are invited to have a float. The theme this year is "All-American Christmas," and the float or entry that best showcases that theme will receive the Judge's Choice Award. Thanks to the sponsorship by US Bank, all parade entries are free! However, you must register to be in the parade by the deadline, which is Tuesday, Nov. 28, at noon. Applications can be found online at www.CedaredgeChamber.com or by emailing CedaredgeAreaChamber@gmail.com. You can also call the chamber at 856-6961 or stop by the office at 245 W. Main Street, Tuesdays - Thursdays.
After the parade, children are invited to the breezeway between Stacy's on Main and Starr's Guitars to visit with Santa. Santa will have a toy for each child who stops by to visit (while supplies last), thanks to a sponsorship by Stacy's on Main. The coffee shop will be open before and during the parade for tasty drinks to keep you warm while you enjoy the festivities. Parents can have a professional photo taken of their child on Santa's lap for $10, with proceeds benefitting the toy drive for Cedaredge kids. The photos are courtesy of a sponsorship by Reve Portraits.
Members of the Cedaredge Community Band will perform a concert before the parade, beginning at 5 p.m., on the front porch of the office of the Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce, 245 W. Main Street.
Cedaredge musician Beth Williams will perform two Christmas concerts at the Chapel of the Cross, before and after the parade. The first concert is at 5 p.m.; the second at 7 p.m. The popular concert is free to attend, but you must have a ticket. Tickets are available at the Gazebo Florist.
"Why not make an afternoon of it?" asked Kami Collins, executive director of the CACC. "If it's been awhile since you've enjoyed lunch or dinner at one of our great restaurants or since you've visited our retail stores, come by, enjoy a meal and knock off some of your Christmas shopping while supporting small business and the community. We promise, you won't be disappointed with what Cedaredge has to offer!"