Christmas season is on the way and with it is plenty of holiday cheer and special events courtesy of Main Street Washington.
The annual Washington holiday blitz, dubbed SNOW (Showcasing Nights of Washington), is scheduled to be held Saturday, Nov. 24. Main Street Washington director Sarah Grunewaldt said the event is held the Saturday after Thanksgiving in conjunction with Small Business Saturday. The day will kick off with the annual Jingle Bell Run at 8 a.m. Preregistration for the run is going on now through Nov. 18 at the Washington Community Y or at the Washington Chamber of Commerce. Breakfast with Santa will be held from 8 to 10 a.m. in the United Presbyterian Church with the Washington Lions Club providing breakfast. Santa’s house will open at 110 Main Street from 1 to 4 p.m. For the third year, there will be a live radio play in the Washington Public Library front window. Performers will present the Orson Welles version of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol at 5 p.m. Santa will light the square at 6 p.m. and the lighted parade will be held at 6:30 p.m.
“We will read all the names of the memory trees that were sold,” Grunewaldt said. “We have sold 44 out of 50, so we have six left. I would love to sell the last six trees.”
She said plans are for the trees to be set up in Central Park this weekend.
Registration forms to be part of the annual lighted parade are available at the Main Street office or on the Main Street website. Grunsewaldt said registration is free and Main Street would assist businesses with floats if they can.
“We would love to promote your business or personal group through a float,” she said. “Anyone can register.”
In the past, she said, there have been people with nice cars that simply decorate the cars to run in the parade. She also said people have ridden bikes or skateboards in the parade. A panel of judges will be set up and will read the names of the float designers during the parade.
Lineup for the parade will be about 5:30 p.m. at the corner of Washington and B Avenue. Grunewaldt said the floats must be lighted and she asks that people not use a representation of Santa Claus on their floats.
“There is only one Santa Claus and he finishes the parade out,” she said. “Other than that, it is fair game.”
Grunewaldt said there are many benefits to having a float in the parade. She called being in the parade “free exposure” for businesses. With an estimated 1,000 people coming out for the parade every year, she said floats passing them at 5 mph would be seen well. Also, Main Street volunteers try to get photos of all the floats and they are put on the group’s Facebook page after the event.
She called the lighted parade a great community event and said it is a fun way to kick off the season.