Charles City Lighted Parade Date Set

Charles City, IA – Area groups and businesses are invited to help light up the night and kick off the holiday season on Friday, Dec. 1, at an annual Charles City tradition: The Holiday Lighted Parade.

The Holiday Lighted Parade is open for all to participate in or just come down and enjoy. The only requirement is your entry must be lighted up and mobile. This year’s theme is “A Story Book Christmas.” Registration is free but participants are asked to sign up in advance at the Community Revitalization office at 401 North Main St. for organizational purposes.

Mark Wicks, Charles City Chamber of Commerce director, says more.

Parade line-up will be at 5:30 p.m. along Central Park on Blunt and North Jackson streets. The parade will begin at 6 p.m., traveling on North Jackson from Blunt to Ferguson, over to North Main Street and down to Riverside Dr., then back up North Jackson to Blunt.

The Holiday Lighted Parade also serves as the official arrival of Santa Claus to town.

The Santa House will open in Central Park until 7:30 p.m. for kids to come share their holiday wishes and get a treat. Santa will also be available at Central Park from 10 a.m. to noon on Dec. 2 and 9; from noon to 2 p.m. on Dec. 16; from 2-4 p.m. on Dec. 17; and from 10 a.m. to noon on Dec. 23.

For more information, please contact Community Revitalization at (641) 228-2335 or


Chris Berg

Chris was born in Webster City and raised in Charles City. As a young kid, he would always be caught singing along to songs on the radio. He says he's good at karaoke but we think otherwise. ;) In his free time, he enjoys beginning new projects at home and hardly ever finishing them. Chris lives in Charles City with his wife Vicki, daughter Brynlee and son Jaxon.

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