Santa’s Christmas Parade, New Route; Christmas at the Rio

Santa’s Christmas Parade Presented by Shelby Savings Bank

November 27, 2019 - The 2019 Santa’s Christmas Parade “Songs of the Season” is Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 6:00pm on the Center Downtown Square.

Categories for the 2019 Parade will include: Individuals, Schools, Businesses, Churches and Civic Organizations. Judges will award cash prizes to the top three places in each category. The Float Competition Sponsor is the City of Center.

Prior to the parade, "Christmas at the Rio," presented by the Center High School theater department will be performed at 4:30pm with doors opening at 4pm. After the parade the movie showing at 7:30pm at the Rio will be "Last Christmas."

Plan on spending the day on the Square to shop and enjoy the Parade. Shops will be open and many will be having their Christmas Open Houses.

Parade will begin on the downtown square at 6:00pm. Line up begins at 4:45 on Malone Drive. Marching bands, Walkers, Motorcycles, Antique Cars will start near the First United Methodist Church on Porter Street.

Due to the construction on the downtown square, the Parade route will be slightly altered. Once the Parade gets to the downtown square, participants will continue on Shelbyville Street and turn left onto Cora Street. The Parade will continue on Cora Street until Crockett Street where participants will turn left and left again onto Logansport Street heading back to the Square. Once participants come to either George Ihlo Drive, Porter Street or Tenaha Street they may turn right and return to their start point.

Parade guidelines are available on the Chamber website at or you may contact the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce at 936-598-3682 or email