Sparkling Tradition: Baraboo’s Christmas Light Parade and Christmas Market Illuminates A Community
As the air gets colder and the holiday season approaches, Baraboo gears up for one of its most beloved traditions – the Christmas Light Parade. It is also a time for a new tradition, which is the Christmas Community Market. Both are scheduled for Saturday, November 18th, with the market taking place between 2:00pm and 6:00pm, followed by the parade starting at 6:00 pm. These festive events promise to enchant spectators! The market features nearly 30 participating businesses, vendors, and community organizations. The parade is set with nearly 60 dazzling parade floats, and culminate in the magical lighting of the community Christmas Tree atop the historic Al. Ringling Theatre by none other than Santa Claus himself.
The Christmas Light Parade in downtown Baraboo has become a staple in the community, capturing the hearts of residents and visitors alike. The main attraction of the event is, of course, the impressive lineup of parade floats adorned with dazzling twinkling lights. From whimsical winter wonderlands to classic holiday scenes, each float is a work of art that adds a touch of magic to the streets of Baraboo.
Families gather along the parade route eagerly awaiting the procession of floats. The creativity and dedication of local businesses, organizations, and community groups shine through as they showcase their festive spirit. Marching bands play festive, seasonal tunes, dancers in holiday-themed costumes, and, of course, the jolly old man himself, Santa Claus, add to the merriment of the evening.
As the parade concludes its journey through downtown, the excitement reaches a crescendo with the arrival of Santa Claus at the Al. Ringling Theatre. The historic theatre, adorned with its own festive decorations, serves as the perfect backdrop for the grand finale. The community Christmas Tree, perched on top of the theatre, awaits its moment to shine.
Santa, with his infectious laughter and rosy cheeks, takes center stage, spreading joy to all who gather below. With a twinkle in his eye and one flick of the fingers at the end of the countown and suddenly, the entire town square is bathed in the warm glow of the illuminated Christmas Tree. The collective gasp of awe and jovial hurrahs from the crowd signals the official start of the holiday season in Baraboo.
Fostering Community Spirit
Beyond the enchanting lights and festive floats, the Christmas Light Parade holds a special place in the hearts of Baraboo residents for the sense of community it fosters. It brings people together, creating shared memories and a sense of belonging. The parade provides a platform for local businesses and organizations to showcase their creativity and commitment to the community, fostering a spirit of unity and pride.
In a world where the holiday season can become overshadowed by commercialism, the Baraboo Christmas Light Parade serves as a reminder of the simple joys of togetherness, tradition, and the magic of the season. It’s a time for families to come together, for friends to reconnect, and for the entire community to celebrate the spirit of Christmas.
Wrapping It Up…
As the Christmas Market and Light Parade fly into the community this coming weekend, the anticipation builds in Baraboo. The dazzling display of lights, the festive floats, the gathering of a heartfelt community further supported by an organic, joyous atmosphere all contribute to the magic of the holiday season. These activities not only light up the streets but also ignites the spirit of community, bringing people together to celebrate the joy, wonder, and warmth of Christmas in the heart of downtown Baraboo. So mark your calendars and join the festivities on Saturday, November 18th for the experience of a lifetime comprised of an afternoon of activity and a night of enchantment and community spirit that will surely leave lasting memories for all who attend.