Christmas parade set for Dec. 5

Mrs. Claus smiles while Santa gives a wave during the 2019 Christmas Parade. Children may write letters to give to Santa’s helpers again this year. Photo courtesy of the Crawfordsville Chamber

It’s back! The Chamber of Commerce’s annual Christmas Parade returns after a year’s absence because of the pandemic.

This year’s parade, themed The Polar Express, is scheduled to take place on Dec. 5 at 2 p.m. through downtown Crawfordsville.

“The Christmas Parade is one of the long-standing traditions that make our community such a fun place to call home during the holiday season,” Chamber Executive Director Cassie Hagan said. “With the storefronts and streetlights decorated, businesses coming together to create floats or stay open special hours, it’s really a testament to the way everyone comes together for the youth in the community. Those of us who grew up here remember this as a special occasion, and we are happy to bring it forward for our own kids. I want to thank all of our businesses and community organizations who take the time to prepare and participate each year, as well as the Crawfordsville Police and street departments who help to keep everyone safe.

The line-up will include a performance by the Montgomery County United Marching Band and Guard, a variety of vehicles from vintage fire trucks and Corvettes to classic cars and garbage trucks, and adoptable dogs from the Animal Welfare League. Community groups such as Boy and Girl Scout troops, local businesses and the American Legion will march in the parade to pass out candy or ride on decorated floats coordinated with the Polar Express theme.

Prizes will be awarded to the top three entries in both adult and youth divisions. Winners will be selected by judges representing sponsor businesses, Lakeside Book Company and Acuity Brands. Parade entries are currently being accepted online at

As always, the parade will conclude with an appearance by Santa and Mrs. Claus. They will ride in a new sleigh handcrafted by Derek Nelson, local hobby woodworker and Wabash College professor of religion. Santa will be accompanied by helpers from Delta Theta Tau Sorority, who will collect letters to Santa. Families who wish to receive a letter back from Santa can include the child’s name and mailing address.

This year, there will also be a special opportunity for children to take a picture with Santa. Harry’s Hideout, will sponsor free visits with Santa from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the restaurant located across from the Courthouse on Main Street.

Spectators are asked to enjoy the parade along the designated route which includes East Main Street from Vernon Court to Washington Street and then south to Pike and east to Water Street. For safety purposes, candy and other items will be passed out to onlookers along the official route only. No spectators will be permitted in the area surrounding the railroad tracks on East Main. The Chamber will coordinate closely with the City of Crawfordsville and the Police Department to ensure the safety of all spectators, volunteers and participants during the event.

Anyone interested in entering a performing group or float in the parade may do so online now at Volunteers may sign up online at the same website, and one sponsorship opportunity as a parade judge is available as well. Contact Hagan with questions at

Michele Hunley and Associates, American Family Insurance, is the sponsor of the parade. Students in the Western Boone TV and radio media program will also provide live coverage.