If you think that Christmas starts earlier each year, you’re not wrong. As the most highly anticipated holiday of the year, Christmas is a month-long celebration, if not longer. This is certainly the case in Decatur, IL, where there is no shortage of fun waiting for you. These holiday happenings will help you get ready for the most exciting day of the year.
Christmas Season Kick Off
Firstly, there’s no better way to get excited for Christmas than to participate in the Christmas Season Kick Off. It will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 9, in the Community Room at the Salvation Army, 229 W. Main. During the event, there will be an official ribbon cutting at the Golden K Kiwanis gathering. Take part in this ceremony so you can jump-start your holiday celebrations.
Christmas Movie Concert
When you think about Christmas, a lot of things probably come to mind. Along with gifts, decorations, good food, and parties, music is a big part of this holiday. Christmas music spreads cheer and gets people in the mood for the season. On Sunday, Nov. 13, from 1 to 2:30 p.m., you can listen to cheerful Christmas music at a concert sponsored by the Salvation Army. It will take place at the Tabernacle Baptist Church, 650 N. Wyckles Rd.
Christmas Shop A Thon
To start crossing items off your shopping list by coming to the Christmas Shop A Thon on Nov. 26. This big event will run from 1 to 7 p.m. at 3920 N. Martin Luther King Jr Dr. There will be crafts and gifts of all varieties available for you to purchase. If you wish to sell items here, you are welcome to do so. There will also be ornament-making for kids. The proceeds of the ornament sales will go to Toys for Tots.
Decatur Christmas Parade
Big celebrations call for parades, and there is no better occasion for such an event than Christmas. Moreover, parades call to all people — young and old — to come out and enjoy the festive mood. This year, the Decatur Christmas Parade will take place Saturday, Dec. 3, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., in the heart of historic downtown. There will be lots to experience. For example, you’ll see gorgeous floats, get a glimpse of local celebrities, hear fun-filled Christmas music, and have sweet candy to eat. There will be a $500 prize for the best float in the parade.
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Downtown Christmas Walk
On Dec. 7, don’t forget to participate in the Downtown Decatur Christmas Walk. It goes from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., starting at Central Park, 213 N. Franklin St. At the event, you’ll get to shop at your favorite stores, ride the trolley, enjoy live entertainment, and, best of all, meet Santa Claus.
Put these events on your calendar today. Plan on ringing in your Christmas season with these Decatur celebrations.
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