Your guide to Saturday's Victoria lighted Christmas parade

CHRISTMAS ON THE SQUARE

The city of Victoria Parks and Recreation Department and the Victoria Main Street Program will host Christmas on the Square at DeLeon Plaza on Friday. Among other events, the evening will include pony rides, a petting zoo, children's games, hot chocolate and cookie decorating.

Schedule of Events

6 p.m. - Lighting Ceremony

6:15-8:45 p.m. - Photos with Santa (bring your own camera)

6:30-7 p.m. - Bell Choir

7:30-8 p.m. - Caroling

For more information, call 361-485-3200.

SOURCE: City of Victoria Parks and Recreation Department

Marie Lester was almost giddy as she watched her co-workers buzz around prepping their float for the Victoria lighted Christmas parade.

"We're having so much fun," said Lester, the city's environmental programs coordinator by day, who will take on a different persona come Saturday night with a bearded, red-clad man by her side. "This has really helped us get into the holiday spirit. What makes it even more special is that this is Santa's float."

The Environmental Services float will feature different colored recyclables, including plastic bottles and aluminum cans, for decorating Santa's parade ride.

The parade is returning to downtown Victoria at 6 p.m. Saturday after two years at the community center due to street construction around DeLeon Plaza.

The parade will feature 136 entries and everything has to have Christmas lights, said Danielle Williams of the city's Parks and Recreation Department.

The Victoria Police Department will lead the parade and Santa Claus - with Mrs. Claus by his side - will bring up the rear, said Williams.

The parade route will run from Goodwin Street and Main Street to Church Street, then right on Bridge Street back to Goodwin.

Parking will be available on the side streets. There will be more than a dozen food vendors on hand, and Williams urged parade goers to use the trash receptacles positioned along the route.