Holidaze parade, host of festivities set for Saturday in downtown Willmar

Annual holiday celebration in downtown Willmar set for Saturday, to include parade, petting zoo, reindeer rides and more.

Children ride on toy horses decorated with lights a part of First Presbyterian Church’s float display during the 2018 Holidaze Parade in downtown Willmar. Erica Dischino / Tribune file photo

WILLMAR — The 2019 Holidaze festivities will take place from 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday in downtown Willmar, with the lighted Holidaze parade at 6:30 p.m.

Activities from 4 to 6 p.m include tours of Willmar Fire Department emergency vehicles on Fourth Street, a petting zoo and reindeer sleigh rides on Becker Avenue, inflatables and penguins at the City Auditorium, kids’ crafts at the Willmar Public Library, and Santa and Mrs. Claus at The Barn Theatre.

A freewill donation chili feed at Bethel Lutheran Church will also be from 4 to 6 p.m.

At 5 p.m., turkey bowling will take place in front of the Foxhole Brewhouse on Fourth Street..

The parade will start at 6:30 p.m. at the corner of Fifth Street and Becker Avenue and go north to Litchfield Avenue, east one block and then south on Fourth Street.


Following the parade, free hot cocoa and cookies will be served at First Presbyterian Church and a free holiday movie, “The Grinch,” will be shown at The Barn Theatre.

Mr. and Mrs. Claus ride in a sleigh pulled by reindeer during the 2018 Holidaze Parade in downtown Willmar. Erica Dischino / Tribune file photo

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