Lafayette Christmas parade lighting up downtown this year

The 2016 Lafayette Christmas parade is moving from Sunday afternoon to Saturday evening.
The 2016 Lafayette Christmas parade is moving from Sunday afternoon to Saturday evening.

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — The Lafayette Christmas parade is this weekend, and this year it’s a little more magical.

For years the parade has been on Sunday afternoon. This year it’s on Saturday evening as the sun goes down. All the floats and bands will be lit with festive lights as they head down Main Street.

The parade begins at 11th Street and ends at Riehle Plaza, where a tree lighting ceremony caps off the night.

Erin Easter with Greater Lafayette Commerce says the move to nighttime adds to the holiday spirit.

“It’s a great opportunity to really show off all of the things we think are magical about Christmas and the holidays when we were kids,” said Easter. “I certainly remember, with lots of others, sitting around the Christmas tree at night with all the other lights off and watching the twinkling and waiting for Santa.”

Easter says having the tree lighting and the parade in one evening creates a whole new downtown holiday experience.

“We thought that if we could combine them all together in a way to create a critical mass of fun, family-friendly holiday events happening, we’d be able to cater to all segments of the community,” Easter said. “We’d be able to offer something for everyone.”

There are holiday events all day before the parade.

  • Farmers Market on Fifth Street from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • The Dickens of a Christmas, where people act out scenes from “A Christmas Carol” on Main Street, is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • At 1 p.m., “The Polar Express” is playing at the Long Center.
  • The parade begins at 5:30 p.m. along Main Street.