Christmas Valley hosted its annual Light Parade on Saturday, Dec. 12, with a plethora of illuminated floats and vehicles highlighting a cold but festive affair.
Businesses and residents once again went all out in dressing up trailers, trucks, ambulances, floats and more in the finest holiday-themed regalia. Following the typical route along Christmas Valley Hwy culminating at the Christmas Valley Community Hall, many braved the bitter cold to celebrate the holidays aligning the road to watch the floats roll by.
There was yet again a variety of categories for floats being judged. The Emergency Responder Prize was declared a tie between a heavily decorated fire truck and ambulance by Parade Organizer Wanda Lanier. New Life Fellowship of Christmas Valley were announced as the winners of the not-for-profit/religious category. Best commercial entry was won by North Lake Towing, while the Judge’s Choice was given to the Christmas Valley Pyrotechs. Receiving the award for the most lights was Christmas Valley Market’s submission, and SS Equipment’s tractor received honorable mention from the judges.
Upon completion of the parade route each float was parked for further perusal by event attendees, while many gathered inside the community hall for warmth and free hot beverages provided by the Christmas Valley/North Lake Chamber of Commerce and cookies courtesy of the Christmas Valley Boosters. Awards were announced and prizes distributed, the funds for which were raised by the Christmas Valley/North Lake Chamber of Commerce.