Light up Siloam Christmas Parade returns Dec. 2

Photo submitted Floats turning onto Main Street from University Street dazzle crowds during the annual Light Up Siloam in December of 2022.
Photo submitted Floats turning onto Main Street from University Street dazzle crowds during the annual Light Up Siloam in December of 2022.

The holiday spirit is on the horizon as preparations for beloved local traditions are underway to light up Siloam Springs.

A day of holiday festivities is set for Saturday, Dec. 2. Get ready for a musical afternoon as Siloam Springs High School choirs take center stage at the Chautauqua Amphitheater in Memorial Park. Their melodies in a performance titled "Light Up Siloam: Christmas Caroling" kick off at 4 p.m.

Parking will not be available on Maxwell Street and University Street downtown due to the parade route. Vehicles must be moved from Maxwell, Main, Broadway, and University streets and from the Hoffman parking lot by 2 p.m. on Dec. 2.

The Light Up Siloam Springs Christmas Parade, presented by the Heritage League of Siloam Springs, begins at 5:30 p.m. on Tulsa Street by Siloam Springs Middle School.

The parade winds through downtown, leading up to the magical "Light Up Siloam Springs" moment around 6 p.m. at Jefferson/Maxwell near Twin Springs Park. Mayor Judy Nation will illuminate the downtown Christmas lights, marking the culmination of the evening's festivities.

For those eager to participate in the Christmas parade, float entry information is available at https://bit.ly/3umHutC. The deadline to register is Dec. 1.

A sensory portion along Tulsa Street, from Dogwood Street to Carl Street, will ensure a quieter experience without sirens, strobe lights and loud music. Additionally, food trucks will line the Hoffman parking lot, offering sweets and treats for parade-goers to enjoy during the festivities.

"We're thrilled to bring the community together for this festive occasion," said Abby Trinidad, Heritage League vice-president. "The Christmas caroling and the Christmas parade embody the joyous spirit of the season. We're eagerly looking forward to celebrating with the community, creating cherished holiday memories with friends and family."