This Friday, December 6, Fredericksburg’s historic Main Street will be awash in glittering Christmas lights as the backdrop to the Light the Night Christmas Parade & Afterglow, presented by H-E-B. The parade, which is produced by the Fredericksburg Chamber of Commerce, will begin at 6:30 p.m.
In addition to the parade, there will be a variety of free activities from 3 – 10 p.m. on Marktplatz, located in the 100th block of West Main. More than 20 retail vendors will be selling a whimsical assortment of jewelry, Christmas décor, gingerbread house kits, German items, handmade soaps and lotions, apparel, antiques and specialty foods.
From 8 -10 p.m. Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus will be available for free photos in his sleigh. The photo area will be staged on Marktplatz adjacent to the Vereins Kirche. In the nearby Oktoberfest Halle, there will be a children’s activity area where youngsters can make free Christmas projects and play on the large inflatable slide.
Weather permitting; Stargaze U.S.A. will conduct a star party following the parade. Using computer-guided telescopes and laser pointers, attendees will be able to see a variety of constellations and the planet Jupiter, which is believed to be the Christmas Star referenced in the Bible.
A variety of local restaurants and organizations will be on-site selling menu items including pizza, frozen yogurt, soft pretzels, gourmet tacos, burgers, fresh-squeezed fruit drinks and funnel cakes. Grape Creek Vineyards, Becker Vineyards and 4.0 Cellars will also be on hand with a selection of award-winning local wines available by the glass.
The parade will take place rain or shine, starting at the intersection of Crockett and Main Street. The entire parade route along Main Street between Washington and Bowie Streets is available for free seating on a first comes-first serve basis. Attendees should bring folding chairs and blankets. The reserved bleacher seating located in front of Pioneer Memorial Library is sold out. Attendees seated in the 100th block of West Main will be able to view the Laser Light Show, choreographed to Christmas music, which serves as the grand opening of the parade.
“The Light the Night Christmas Parade and Afterglow, which has been a tradition in Fredericksburg for more than 20 years, would not be possible without a host of volunteers and our sponsors. We thank our presenting sponsor H-E-B; our Laser Light Show sponsors Arrowhead Bank, Haberdashery, Opa’s Smoked Meats and Vaudeville; and our bleacher sponsors Centennial Bank, Haberdashery, and Hominick Custom Builders, “ said Fredericksburg Chamber President & CEO Penny C. Reeh.
For more information, please visit www.lightthenightchristmasparade.com or call 830.997.6523
The Fredericksburg Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit organization with the mission of creating a positive and growing business community.