TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY & 20TH ANNUAL ELECTRIC LIGHT PARADE
The City of Casa Grande, APS, Casa Grande Valley Newspapers Inc., and Casa Grande Main Street are sponsoring the annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in front of City Hall and the 20th Annual Electric Light Parade, both scheduled to begin approximately at 5:45 p.m., on Saturday, December 6, 2014. The event will feature close to 95 beautifully lit parade entries with live entertainment provided at each of the announcing locations one hour before the parade. The entertainment schedule is as follows:
Please note that all times are approximate.
DOWNTOWN CASA GRANDE (3rd & Florence Streets) – Pre-Parade Winter Wonderland
12:30 – 5:00 p.m. Ice Skating Rink opens!
1:00 – 5:00 p.m. Pre Parade Activities – Games, Hands on Craft Activities; Face Painting, etc.
Co-Sponsored by Sonic Drive-In and Henry Brown Automotive Group
2:00 – 5:00 p.m. Visit with Santa Program for children ages 12 yrs and under at the Paramount Theater.
2:00 – 5:00 p.m. Local Entertainment which will include the Parks & Recreation Dance Classes, TRIO Musicians, De Porter, Two Dance Studio, Louie Fontaine, Christmas Music
ABBOTT INSURANCE (Florence Blvd. across from Food City)
5:00 p.m. A Rule of Three – trio
ELKS LODGE (Roosevelt & Florence Blvd.)
5:00 p.m. Brad Kepler
CITY HALL (Cameron St. & Florence Blvd.)
5:00 p.m. Dori Brock
6:00 p.m. Tree Lighting Ceremony in front of City Hall/Electric Light Parade begins on Colorado St.
The City is partnering with Sonic Drive-In, the Paramount Theater and Henry Brown Automotive Group to provide a variety of pre-parade activities at the Winter Wonderland located at the downtown staging location on 3rd Street and Florence St. We will have games, make it and take it Christmas crafts, and an Ice Skating Rink for children of all ages and of course, they can visit with Santa from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. So bring the kids downtown to visit with Santa, enjoy some great entertainment and hands on craft activities and then stay to enjoy the Electric Light Parade.
Immediately following the Tree Lighting Ceremony (5:45 p.m.), the Electric Light Parade will start on Florence Blvd. at Colorado Street and travel west to Florence Street, and finally south on Florence Street where the parade will end on 2nd St and Dry Lake . This is a great family event to begin your holiday season!
To provide a safe atmosphere and improved access to these areas, temporary street closures will be in effect. To accommodate the parade line up, Florence Blvd. between Colorado St. and Peart Ave. will be closed from approximately 3:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Also, Florence Boulevard will be closed from Colorado St. to Walnut Avenue from approximately 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Florence Street from Florence Boulevard to 1st Street will be closed from approximately 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on the day of the event.
Remember to vote for your favorite float in the Peoples Choice Award by texting the float number to 623-295-9207 or visit ELPVote.com to cast your vote. Voting is open starting at 7:00 pm Saturday, December 6 to 7:00 pm Sunday, December 7. For more information, contact the Casa Grande Parks and Recreation Department at (520) 421- 8677.