Parade of Lights getting ‘beached’ in Del Norte

Photo By Lyndsie Ferrell

DEL NORTE— Del Norte will officially welcome the holiday season on Friday, Dec. 7. The Del Norte Chamber of Commerce will host the 2018 Parade of Lights on Friday evening with the theme “Christmas on the Beach.”
To kick off the festivities the Parade of Lights will be held at 6 p.m. Attendees can expect entertaining and colorful floats lighting up the night as they march through town. Many local organizations and businesses decorate their cars and even horses with Christmas lights to the delight of the crowd. Prized will be awarded for “most beach-worthy” entry and “best overall float.”
Following the parade the celebration is certainly not over. Immediately after the parade, the night sky light up with fireworks.
Downtown merchants will also host their annual open house events from 5-8 p.m. Many local businesses will remain open past their normal operating hours to help consumers get a head start on their Christmas shopping. It is not uncommon for some to have refreshments and other goodies.
A main event for the community’s young-ins is the opportunity to see Santa. After the fireworks Santa will stop his sleigh at the High Valley Community Center at 595 Grande Avenue. He will listen to what each child desires for Christmas.
Certainly not to be forgotten local residents will also have a hand in bringing Christmas illuminations to town. The “Light Up Del Norte” home decorating contest encourages residents to decorate and illuminate their properties. This contest has always resulted in some very creative and breathtaking decorations that add holiday cheer to the town. Prizes will be awarded to the top three residential and business entries. Voting will take place from Dec. 1-10, and prizes will be awarded on Dec. 18.
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