62nd annual Santa Claus Parade Saturday

Staff Writer
Chillicothe Times-Bulletin
How will Santa travel through town this year?

Lots of activities are planned for Saturday, but the highlight each year is seeing the big man himself — Santa Claus.

The 62nd Chillicothe Chamber of Commerce Santa Claus Parade will be on its normal route through downtown Chillicothe on Second Street.

“Storybook Christmas” is the theme of this year’s event.

The parade begins at 2 p.m., with line-up at 1 p.m. Floats, bands, walking units, businesses and more are planned. Everyone is welcome to be in the parade.

Plans for this year’s parade include children meeting with Santa following the parade (around 3 p.m.) in City Park at the stage (weather permitting). Tim & Shelly’s 2nd Street Bar & Grill will provide the candy.

There will also be antique carriage rides from 3 to 5 p.m. starting at City Park.  

Prizes for the Christmas Coloring Contest are to be announced the day of the parade and pictures will be put in the window of the chamber office.

After the parade, the Chillicothe Optimist Club members have arranged for free movies for children starting at 3:30 p.m. at Town Theatre.

Playing are Happy Feet 2 and Jack & Jill. Local businesses sponsored the movies. Seating is on a first-come, first served basis.

CrossWord Café is celebrating 10 years of being a place for Chillicothe’s youth to hang out, receive tutoring and take lessons in things that interest them.

An open house will be from 3 to 6 p.m. at the downtown establishment. Free baked goods, coffee and hot chocolate will be served.

The City Park tree lighting will be at 5:30 p.m. that evening.

For more information, call the chamber office at 274-4556.

Santa is going to be one busy man as he also will make an appearance from 2:30-5 p.m. at a fundraiser at HairMasters, 300 W. Pine St., for The A.R.K. no-kill animal shelter in Lacon.

Families or pet portraits may be taken with Santa “Kos” for a $10 minimum donation for two 4-by-6 inch photos. Pets will be at the event. Raffles tickets are available and prizes will be on display. The drawing will be at 5 p.m.

For more information, call HairMasters at 274-3685.