Streator's Keeping Christmas Close to Home
After his visit to Ottawa, Santa will head down Streator's Main Street, capping off the Lighted Parade. The Lighted Parade will feature three sponsored lighted floats, as well as homemade Christmas floats from participants. The parade starts 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, at the corner of Illinois and Main streets and heads west down Main Street.
Immediately after the parade, Santa will take visitors at his house near the corner of Hickory and Park streets in City Park.
Mayor Jimmie Lansford and his family will serve as honored guests, riding in a horse and carriage. The Boy Scout Troop 775 will lead the way followed by a six-person Color Guard from the Streator American Legion 217 and Streator VFW 1492 and Sons of the American Legion Squadron 217. The regular cast of Christmas characters presented by Ace Hardware and the Streator and Woodland key clubs will also participate in the parade.
Prior to the lighted parade, the Light Up Streator volunteer committee will turn on the lights 6:30 p.m. at City Park.
The crew has been working weekends in November getting the park ready for the light up, which will feature a dozen new decorations from Streator High School welding students.
Additionally, there will be a holiday market from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in three locations — Park Place, Bruce Township Hall and the Streator Incubator — as well as a model train display in the Incubator, food vendors and a toy drive 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. led by the Screaming Eagles for Toys for Tots at the southwest corner of City Park.
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