A Joint Service of Bradley University and Illinois State University
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations
Local News

A Look At Peoria's Annual Christmas kick-off events

Peoria Area Community Events Santa Claus Parade

The 128th Annual Santa Claus Parade kicks off at 10:15 this morning at the Central Fire Station on Monroe Street in downtown Peoria. It’s the longest continuously running holiday parade in the U-S. Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis says the annual tradition is a large draw for the city:

“It’s a great event.  sometimes we get as big a crowd for the Santa Claus parade as we do St. Patrick’s Day.”

The parade has 88 entries of costume characters, horse units and decorated floats.  The annual Yule-Like-Peoria Walk-A-Bout is also set for six this evening with the lighting of the Peoria County Courthouse display followed by an ice carving contest and downtown entertainment.