Colby’s annual Christmas Light Parade is moving to a new night.
The event is moving from it’s traditional Sunday night slot to the first Saturday night in December. That means this year it will be at 5:45PM (CT) on Saturday, December 1. The move is designed to help more families get involved in the festivities.
“Everyone that we have visited with is very excited about the change…business owners…families…everyone,” says Tamara Clymer, Executive Director of the Colby/Thomas County Chamber. “We hope this will especially help families with small children be able to spend more time at the holiday celebration.”
The date isn’t the only change in store for the 21st annual event. This year the celebration will include the lighting of the brand new “Mayor’s Tree,” a 10-foot Austrian Pine donated by David Pabst and Blue Ribbon Tree Farm. The live tree will become a permanent fixture in Fike Park shortly after the parade.
You can expect more lights this year as well. The parade committee has been working to light up Fike Park. This year marks the first phase in a several year project to bring more lights to the downtown park. Business owners are also taking part, keeping stores open later that evening and welcoming shoppers with treats, special sales and a gift giveaway.
The parade route begins at 2nd and Franklin and moves north through downtown. Prizes will be awarded for various categories including Best Organizational, Best Business, Best Decorated Vehicle, Best Religious, Most Unique and Best Representation of Theme.