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Woodstock Awaits Santa's Arrival

The annual Christmas Jubilee Parade of Lights starts at 5:30 p.m.

Santa will be parading through Downtown Woodstock Saturday starting at 5:30 p.m. before the lighting of the City Christmas Tree at the annual Christmas Jubilee Parade of Lights.

Main Street and Rope Mill Road will close at 5 p.m. for the parade filled with marching bands, designer floats and costumed characters. Towne Lake Parkway at Woodstock Parkway and Main will also close at 5 p.m. The parade starts at the old Walmart on Highway 92 and runs north on Main Street to .

The event will happen rain or shine. See photos from last year's rainy .

Mayor Donnie Henriques will recognize the Best Holiday Float and Most Original Float in the following the parade. , will also receive the spotlight from Preservation Woodstock.

Santa will stick around after the parade to visit with children to hear what’s on their wish lists. Kids can also bring their letters to Santa’s Mailbox at the Gazebo till Dec. 19, and he will write back to them.

Kids can also enjoy the free marshmallow roast from and free Moonwalk from .

are asking for new, unwrapped toys or monetary donations to benefit their local Christmas Toy Drive.

Other events throughout the day include:

  • 2 p.m. The Elm Street Players will perform the  at the at City Center. It's free admission, but please bring a can of chili, stew or chunky soup to help local food pantries.
  • 4:45 p.m. The choral group “Together in Harmony” will be performing before the parade next to the Grand Stand near the red caboose.
  • 5:15 p.m. The first ever lit up Woodstock Christmas Run starts down Main Street from Highway 92 in front of the parade.
  • 6:45 p.m. Members from  will be performing by the Gazebo.

Here's a full list of road closures and blocks:

Closed Roads-
Main Street from Highway 92 to Rope Mill Road 
Rope Mill Road from Main Street to Woodstock Elementary 

Blocked Intersections-
Main Street at Old Walmart/Woodstock Market Parking Lot 
Main Street at Serenade Drive 
Main Street at Bowles Drive 
Main Street at Ingram Street 
Main Street at Barnesdale Terrace 
Main Street at Dupree Road 
Main Street at Noonday Street 
Main Street at Oak Street 
Main Street at Mill Street
Main Street at Rope Mill Road 
Main Street at Dobbs Road 
Arnold Mill at Hubbard Drive  
Arnold Mill at East Main Street 
Arnold Mill at Main Street 
Rope Mill at Woodstock Elementary School 
Rope Mill at Kyle Street 
Rope Mill at Rusk 
Towne Lake Parkway at Woodstock Parkway 
Towne Lake Parkway Main Street

Santa will also be visiting Downtown Woodstock tonight for .

Riley Smith December 01, 2012 at 02:16 AM
How long was the Christmas parade last year? Would you know if it was like an hour or just 10 minutes? Thank you.

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