Festival of Lights Parade

Santa waves from the Twin Falls Fire Department float in the Festival of Lights Parade on Friday, Dec. 4, 2015, in Twin Falls.

STEPHEN REISS, TIMES-NEWS

Come one, come all to tonight’s Festival of Lights Parade in downtown Twin Falls!

The annual parade, sponsored by the Times-News, is always a special affair. But buckle up for this year: For the first time, the parade will end at the new City Hall for a Christmas tree lighting in the new community plaza. You’ll hear choirs and brass bands. Santa will be there, of course, and you can pick up free hot chocolate and refreshments at City Hall, where the public is invited to tour the new building.

The fun starts at 1 p.m. with public tours of the new City Hall. A dedication ceremony is at 4 p.m. The parade gets underway at 6 p.m. at Magic Valley High School, where it will progress on Main Avenue toward the new City Hall. This year’s parade will feature 40 lit floats, and as usual, folks can vote on their favorites by viewing photos of the entire lineup at Magicvalley.com. The winning float will be named Dec. 13.

Spectators along the parade route are invited to join in behind Santa, the last float, and walk the route to City Hall for the tree lighting, expected to take place about 7 p.m.

Nonprofits will be collecting donations of canned food items, and the Marines welcome new, unwrapped toys for their annual Toys for Tots drive.

Pro tip: The best place to park will be in the public lots along the Second Avenues. Starting at 11 a.m., parking and vehicle traffic won’t be allowed on Main Avenue from Shoshone to Idaho streets. Another section of Main Avenue, from Eden to Idaho streets, will also be closed starting at 4 p.m.

Many downtown businesses are expected to stay open late on Friday, allowing folks to enjoy the newly remodeled downtown with a little Christmas shopping or a bite to eat after the parade.

Twin Falls will give all those Whos down in Whoville a run for their candy canes. Come be a part of the fun.

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