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Williamsburg’s Christmas Parade Expected To Return For 2021

WILLIAMSBURG-Christmas is still roughly three months away, but Williamsburg is already getting into the spirit following the announcement that the popular Christmas Parade will return in person to downtown Williamsburg this year following a cancellation last year as a result of the pandemic.

The Greater Williamsburg Chamber of Commerce announced on September 21 plans to bring back the parade, a holiday tradition since 1965.  This year’s parade will take place on Sunday, December 5 at 5pm.

The parade will include festive floats, live performances, and a special appearance by, who else, Santa and Mrs. Claus. The theme for this year is “Joy to the World,” a reminder that there are so many reasons to celebrate, particularly the coming together of the community during the holiday season once again.

The parade, which in years’ past has taken place in the morning, will be held for the first time during the evening. As a result, parade participants are encouraged to decorate their floats with holiday lights while spectators are invited to don light-up accessories.

Float check-in will be located by Kaplan Arena with the parade commencing at the intersection of Brooks Street and Richmond Road. For a full parade route, click here.

The Christmas season is one of the busiest times of year for locals and tourists alike in the Greater Williamsburg area. In addition to the Christmas parade, Colonial Williamsburg previously announced the return in person of its Grand Illumination event, which will be held over three weekends in December.

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