The annual Havre de Grace holiday parade and Christmas tree lighting will ring in the season Friday, the city's tourism office announced.
Festivities will begin at 6 p.m. on Saint John Street in front of the American Legion.
The parade travels from Saint John to Washington Street to Congress Avenue, and will include the Havre de Grace Drama Guild; Havre de Grace High School marching band, cheerleaders, girls cross-country team and boys soccer team; and a model of the Lantern Queen.
Following the parade, the Susquehanna Hose Company will assist Santa and Mrs. Claus with the tree lighting at Rochambeau Plaza. Then children can visit with Santa at his Havre de Grace headquarters, called "Santa Land," on the 200 block of Washington St., according to officials.
The parade and tree lighting kick off a host of holiday events. Here is what's on Havre de Grace's holiday calendar, according to the Office of Tourism:
- Visits with Santa at Santa Land (200 block of Washington St.) from noon–2 p.m. on Dec. 8 and 15
- Candlelight Tour on Dec. 9
- Holiday Open House at Steppingstone Museum on Dec. 8 and 9
- Outdoor Nativity Scene Contest from Dec. 16–24
- Self-Guided Church Tours from 2–4 p.m. on Dec. 30
- New Year's Eve Duck Drop on Dec. 31
“Visitors will be mesmerized..." said Brigitte Peters, tourism and marketing manager for the City of Havre de Grace, noting the decorated storefronts and festive downtown.
Peters lauded Main Street LLC, the Havre de Grace Chamber of Commerce, Office of Tourism and the Winter Wonderland Committee for decorating the city.
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