The parade begins at Kane Street and Chandler Boulevard and travels throughout downtown Burlington. The theme is “A Storybook Christmas” and floats compete for best-decorated honors, said Jan Ludtke, executive director of the Burlington Area Chamber of Commerce.
“Many businesses, churches and Scout troops decorate a float each year,” Ludtke said.
Besides the floats, the parade also will feature music groups, local organizations and several special guests.
“The Door County sled dogs will be back, as well as live reindeer, so they will lead off the parade,” she said. “Of course, Santa Claus will be there ... It’s definitely a festive parade with a lot of local celebrities and celebrities from out of the area, such as Bernie Brewer and the racing sausages from the Milwaukee Brewers.”
Officials have been planning for the parade since August.
“It’s definitely grown throughout the years,” Ludtke said. “We usually have at least 75 units each year.”
Visitors and residents alike can enjoy entertainment by choral groups along the parade route and hot chocolate and other refreshments.
“There is a lot of energy and excitement. It’s an evening parade, so a lot of people like to come out and see all the lit-up floats,” Ludtke said.
The parade lasts for about an hour, so Ludtke said attendees should bundle up.
Keep those boots and snowpants handy, because parades are set for Saturday, Dec. 7, in Elkhorn and Lake Geneva.
In the Christmas card town, the afternoon parade will include marching bands, stilt walkers and local mascots among the 80 to 100 entries.
“You don’t have to be from Elkhorn to participate,” said Chris Clapper, executive director for the Elkhorn Chamber of Commerce. “There’s no cost to participate. We just ask that participants donate a nonperishable food item for the food pantry.”
In Lake Geneva, crowds could reach 10,000 to take in the 38th annual Great Electric Children’s Christmas Parade, which steps off at 5 p.m. Dec. 7.
“With over 70 participants from many surrounding communities spending days, weeks or even months preparing their floats, it’s bound to be an exciting display of holiday cheer,” according to a news release from the Geneva Lake Area Chamber of Commerce.
The finale will feature Santa greeting crowds from the fire department’s ladder truck.