Could an Ohio holiday parade bring your family joy this season?
Around the country, the Thanksgiving holiday marks the beginning of the most festive season of the year. The Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade, as well as others broadcast on television, delight families and ignite the holiday spirit.
In the following days and weeks, communities nationwide hold their parades and festivals chilling noses, yet warming hearts.
Clinton County, Ohio is host to a holiday parade that attracts people from all over the country! Audiences of thousands line the streets of Wilmington, Ohio to "ooo" and "ahh" while watching an Illuminated parade after family friendly activities.
Ohio Holiday Parade - History Of Hometown HoliDazzle
In Southwest Ohio, Hometown HoliDazzle Illuminated Parade & Festival is a decade-long tradition. Once featured by People Magazine and 60 Minutes, it is always the Saturday immediately following Thanksgiving.
Locally, it is the kick-off of the holiday season and a Christmas card to the community. For families and friends it is the reason to enjoy a holiday at home. For visitors traveling to enjoy the festivities, it is an evening, a whole day, or even a weekend - depending on how you plan it.
Hometown HoliDazzle Festival
The week before Hometown HoliDazzle the businesses in Downtown Wilmington decorate their windows with magical holiday scenes. There is a contest, so you know the displays will be good!
Have you ever seen 30+ tubas playing Christmas Carols? You can if you attend Merry Tuba Christmas at the historical Murphy Theatre in the afternoon!
On the day of the festival, the downtown closes off the main street and families can hear Christmas carols as they stroll the sidewalks and attend planned activities. Kids of all ages will love:
- Indoor carnival games
- Animal visits - Petting zoo style
- Phone calls with Santa
- Strolling musicians
- Entertainment at the sound stage under the Murphy Marquee
- Kiddie rides
- Pictures with Santa
- Make & Take crafts
- Delicious foods & warm beverages
Since it is also Small Business Saturday, the shops usually have discounts and specials so you can get some early gift shopping done. New for 2016, the 1st Annual Cookie Walk! Select businesses will have cookies to munch on, and recipes available for your holiday baking. Sweet, eh?
Just as Jack Frost starts nipping at your nose, fireworks are lit off over the Buckley Brothers building to signal the best part of the Hometown HoliDazzle Illuminated Festival…
The Most Awesome Ohio Holiday Parade You'll Want To See
While you've been playing downtown, lighted floats and parade entries have been staging out of sight. Elves of all ages have been lighting and organizing to bring you the highlight of your Thanksgiving holiday weekend, and what we feel is the best of Ohio holiday parades!
Awards are given in the following categories:
- Holiday Harvest
- Best of Season
- Home Again
- Founders Choice
You will see them identified in the parade - All decked out in holiday lighting and fun decorations.
Past parades have included 60-80 floats of many types and favorite Christmas scenes. Among the entries:
- American Legion
- Marching bands
- Community groups
- Flame thrower
- Antique tractors
- Service Dogs
- Star Wars Characters
- Horse & Buggy
And others. The BIG thing to remember is Santa is delivered from the North Pole as the last float in the parade!
Hometown HoliDazzle really is for kids of all ages, to warm your spirit the whole season through.
For those who may have enjoyed Toledo Holiday Parade, Maumee Holiday Light Parade, and Welcome Santa Holiday Parade in Ohio there is lots of incentive to head to Clinton County in Southwest Ohio to experience something…awesome!