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Lighted Christmas Parade to illuminate Highland on Friday

Kaylen Rivas, Alyssa Vidman and Julia Snyder ride on the float for Starlight Dance Studio in the Highland Chamber of Commerce Lighted Christmas Parade last year.
Kaylen Rivas, Alyssa Vidman and Julia Snyder ride on the float for Starlight Dance Studio in the Highland Chamber of Commerce Lighted Christmas Parade last year. clibbra@bnd.com

The streets of Highland will be illuminated with holiday spirit Friday as the Highland Chamber of Commerce presents its annual Lighted Christmas Parade.

Lineup begins at 5 p.m. at Highland Elementary School. The parade begins at 6:30 p.m. and travels down Lindenthal to Washington Street and ends at the Square. The parade theme for 2016 will be “Christmas Vacation.”

“Currently, we have over 40 entries in the Annual Lighted Parade, not counting city officials. With our parade growing each year, this year there are more than 10 new entries. I think we might see a lot of Griswold-style as we watch the parade this Friday,” said Penny Korte, assistant director of the Highland Chamber of Commerce.

The HHS Marching Bulldogs and Father McGivney’s band will also be participating.

After the parade, the Highland Santa Band will play and the HHS Madrigal singers will perform at the Square. Then, Mayor Joe Michaelis, Santa and Miss Madison County Fair Queen Emily Harzy will be helping to kick off the Christmas season by lighting the holiday decorations in the park.

“We will also be having sleigh rides that have been donated from two very generous sponsors, Highland Rural King and Lee’s Loans. The Lions will be supplying us with hot chocolate to keep warm, and you will be able to purchase some kettle corn from Sweet Dixie,” Korte said.

Santa will see on the Square

Santa will see children at his house on the Square in Highland following the Lighted Christmas Parade on Friday, Nov. 25, and he will hold regular hours thereafter through Christmas Eve.

Hours will be from 6 to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday; from 10 a.m. to noon and again from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturdays; and from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sundays.

On Christmas Eve, Santa will be available to meet with children from 10 a.m. to noon.

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