TOPEKA (KSNT) – Several cities in Kansas are taking their parades into the holidays this year.
KSNT, with the help of travelks.com, has compiled the following list to give you the details of some of the merriest parades in Kansas. Find one near you below.
JCACC Christmas Parade
Dubbed “A Classic Christmas,” this parade takes place in downtown Junction City. The parade will move east on West 6th Street to North Washington Street before heading to West 8th Street. The parade takes place on Friday November 25th and is free to the public.
Emporia Community Christmas Parade
The 44th annual parade will take place on Tuesday, November 29 at 7:00 p.m. beginning in downtown Emporia at Commercial St. and E. 6th Ave. The parade is expected to include numerous Christmas-themed floats.
Miracles on Kansas Avenue
The 27th annual Miracle on Kansas Avenue Parade is coming up in the capital. Lighted floats will roll through downtown from 5th St. and Kansas Ave on Saturday, December 3 at 6:00 p.m.
Downtown Lawrence Old Fashioned Christmas Parade
Presented by Downtown Lawrence, Inc., this parade features dozens of horses and carriages covered in garlands and bells to celebrate the holiday season. Known as one of the largest parades in the country, made up entirely of authentic horse-drawn carriages, it’s sure to get you in the holiday spirit.
The parade will travel seven miles through downtown Lawrence beginning at the Douglas County Fairgrounds. It will move north on Harper Street to East 15th Street and continue west to New Jersey Street. The parade then moves north to 7th Street, where it turns west before heading south down Massachussetts Street. The parade then follows east 15th Street back to Harper Street where it began.
The parade takes place on December 3rd and starts at 11am. For more information about the parade, click here.
Parade of Lights & Chili Cook Off
Considered a cherished annual holiday tradition in Dodge City, this parade and chili cook-off is a staple of the holiday season. The parade is free to the public and begins at 6pm on Monday November 28th. It begins at 101 Dodge City Main Street E. Wyatt Earp Blvd.
The Chili Cook-Off begins at 4:00 p.m. on the same day at Boot Hill Museum, with tastings beginning at 4:30 p.m. Santa will be present for photo opportunities. At 5:45 p.m. there will be a tree lighting ceremony
Evening of Lights Christmas Parade
Presented by the Garnett Area Chamber of Commerce, this annual parade takes place in Garnett on the last Saturday in November. The parade is accompanied by the Downtown Lighting Ceremony and Small Business Saturday.
The parade is open to the public and takes place on November 26 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The parade begins on 4th Ave. and at Oak St. Town Square.
The Snowflake Parade in Lindsborg is open to all and invites everyone to participate simply by following the parade as soon as it starts at 320 N. Main Street on December 3rd at 11:00 am. The parade follows Main St. from Saline St. to Grant St.
Also in town to coincide with the parade is the annual Artists Studio Open House Event. This gives guests a chance to see what local artists are working on in their studios and gives people a chance to visit local art galleries and museums.
Christmas Light Parade
Christmas is coming to the Oasis of the Plains. From December 2-4, visitors and residents in Colby can enjoy a weekend of holiday fun, beginning with the Denver Mile High Orchestra concert on Friday. On Saturday, the Christmas market opens with numerous vendors to help you do your holiday shopping. The Christmas Light Parade begins at 5 p.m. in downtown Colby
Christmas parade in Pittsburg
For 43 years in a row, Pittsburg has hosted its annual Christmas parade. Scheduled for Saturday, December 10 at 11 am in Old Town Pittsburg at 401 N. Broadway St., the parade will include Peppermint Playland and numerous locally elected community leaders.
Coffeyville Christmas Parade
This parade is coming to Coffeyville on Friday, December 2nd starting at 6pm downtown. The parade will be followed by the opening of the market where local artisans and vendors will display their wares. A baking contest and carriage rides are also offered on the weekend immediately after the parade.
Home to the holiday festival, parade and light trail
This Great Bend parade is just one of many festive events taking place in late November, such as the Cookie Contest, Craft Fair, Dog Day and more. Activities such as horse-drawn carriage rides and ice skating are also offered. The parade begins at 5:30 p.m. and moves down Main St.
Festival of Lights & Illuminated Christmas Parade
Their holiday festival takes place at the Yates Center and includes carriage rides, photos of Santas and Grinches, a performance by the Main Street Dance Company and the parade around the historic town square. The parade begins Saturday, December 10 at 3 p.m. at 110 N. Main St.