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Oneida Parade of Lights this Friday

Charles Pritchard
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Posted 11/30/22

Oneida’s second annual Parade of Lights is all set for Friday and everyone’s invited to welcome in the holiday season.

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Oneida Parade of Lights this Friday

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ONEIDA — Oneida’s second annual Parade of Lights is all set for Friday and everyone’s invited to welcome in the holiday season.

The festivities kick off with the city’s tree lighting and a visit from Santa Claus at Higginbotham Park. Santa Claus arrives at 5:30 p.m. and the tree is lit at 6 p.m. Following that at 6:30 p.m., the Parade will take place on Main Street.

Parks and Recreation Director Luke Griff said the first Parade of Lights was done without much in the way of expectations.

“We weren’t sure what to expect, but we had a great event with a lot of community support,” Griff said. “So we’ve brought it back again and this year is looking to be even better than last year.”

Around 25 participants are signed up for the Parade this year.

After the Parade, the Kallet Civic Center will be open with a number of vendors and non-profits there, with hot chocolate being served and Santa Claus available for a visit.

“There’ll be Christmas carols, story book reading, arts and crafts, and so much more,” Griff said. “We’ve got a fun night lined up.”

Many window storefronts in Oneida will be decorated and feature actors dressed for the occasion as a variety of characters.

“Events like these are great for the community,” Griff said.

“For us at the Recreation Department, when we see the community support events like the Parade of Lights, it lets us know they like it and want more of it. And the amount of people who showed up last year made sure we had to bring it back and make it bigger and better. And it gives the community a chance to come together and join in the festivities to kick off the holiday season,” Griff added.

Griff said at this time, the only thing limiting the festivities in Oneida around the Parade of Lights from growing is the need for more hands.

Those interested in volunteering for next year’s Parade of Lights can do so by calling the Parks and Recreation Department at 315-363-3590.

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