Saturday, November 27, 2010

Wilmington Illinois Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting

Wilmington, Illinois, November 27, 2010

The Island City sparkled Saturday night for the annual holiday parade. Citizens gathered to mark the season as a parade made its way down South Water Street, where restaurants and antiques shops welcomed everyone. Of course, plenty of excitement filled the air as Santa made his way into town.

After the parade, there were carols in the new gazebo at Claire’s Corner, and real reindeer visited. The lighting of the tree made the downtown park a splendid place for visiting and enjoying the early evening festivities.

Christmas lights at the Holiday Parade in Downtown Wilmington

Wilmington VFW Post 5422 leads the Wilmington Holiday Parade through downtown Wilmington

The mayor of Wilmington Illinois at the Holiday Parade

Santa arrives on a horse-drawn carriage at the Wilmington Holiday Parade

The Wilmington Community Christmas Tree 

Reindeer arrive at the end of the Wilmington Holiday Parade