Bundle up! Area parades listed

From staff reports

With Thanksgiving less than a week away, holiday parades will soon roll out and welcome Santa to town. Area groups and organizations are already planning their floats and marching units.

Here is a list of the parades that have been announced so far.


The 38th annual Mill Hall Kiwanis Christmas Parade will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26. The line-up begins at noon at the upper end of town at the former First National Bank parking lot and proceeds down Main Street, ending at Mill Hall Fire Hall.

Immediately following the parade, Santa will be accepting the first 150 visitors up to 10 years of age with treats at the fire hall.

There will be $600 in cash prizes to be awarded in four separate categories — Group/walking, floats, fire/emergency vehicles, and classic vehicles/trucks/tractors.

For more information, call Charlie Gephart at 570-726-3333 or Bob Jackman at 814-383-2300.


The Flemington Hi-Neighbor Committee’s annual Christmas Parade is also slated for Saturday, Nov. 26, shortly following the Mill Hall parade,

The line-up begins at 2 p.m. and the parade kicks off at 3 p.m., starting at Allison and High streets across from Burger King.

There will be $600 in prizes awarded to groups, floats, fire trucks and classic vehicles.

Everyone interested in participating in the parade, may phone 570-748-6694.


The Flaming Foliage Festival Committee is looking for participants to enter a float in this year’s Christmas parade set for Sunday, Nov. 27 at 1 p.m.

A group or individuals may also march in the parade, with a Christmas theme in mind.

Cash prizes will be awarded in both the float and unit participation categories.

The Bucktail Alumni Band will be marching in the parade this year and will bring Olaf along to wave to all the area children. The band will remain at the Flaming Foliage Lot and will play some favorites for the crowd. Olaf will also be there for parents to take their kid’s pictures with him.

Santa and Mrs. Claus will make their appearance in the parade. Immediately following the parade, Santa will listen to Christmas wishes from the kids. The committee will provide hot chocolate and cookies.

To register for the parade, call 923-1923.


The Haven Holidays Christmas Parade will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 in downtown Lock Haven, with line-up at 5 p.m. at Henderson and Main streets.

As always, this parade of floats, marching units and more will bring Santa to his hut in Triangle Park, and immediately following the parade, the hut will be open for the first time this season.

The parade is a featured event during the Haven Holidays and Open House Extravaganza sponsored by Downtown Lock Haven Inc. and slated for Friday and Saturday, Dec. 2 and 3. The theme this year for both the parade and Haven Holidays itself is “Santa’s Workshop,” and floats and costumes on that theme are encouraged.

The weekend also will kick off the shopping season at participating retail locations.

The annual tree-lighting ceremony will be held at 6 p.m. that Friday at Triangle Park.

Haven Holidays activities on Saturday will include shopping, holiday sales, and carriage rides from Triangle Park from noon to 4 p.m.

New this year will be a Santa 5K Fun Run at 3:30 p.m. that Saturday. Everyone is encouraged to dress like Santa, Mrs. Claus, an elf, or another appropriate holiday character. The first registrants will receive T-shirts resembling a Santa suit. The route will take runners and walkers from the Mercer building (the former blue building) at the Piper complex to the River Walk atop the levee to the finish line at Triangle Park. A registration form will be available on the website at www.lockhaven.org and the Facebook page for Downtown Lock Haven Inc.

For more information about the parade or other events, call 570-748-1576.