LOWELL | Illuminated floats and marchers will light up the sky and the faces of children Friday when the annual Lowell Parade of Lights steps off at 6 p.m. from the Lowell Public Library.
The parade will wend its way along Commercial Avenue and through the historic downtown district to American Legion Post 101 and the nearby town Christmas tree in Legion Park.
Tri-Creek School Corp. transportation employees will be doubling as elves while collecting nonperishable food items for local food pantries from parade watchers.
The parade's grand finale is the arrival of Santa Claus, who will join the Lowell High School choirs and band in caroling during the official lighting of the tree.
Families then will be encouraged to head to Lowell Town Hall, 501 E. Main St., where the Jolly Old Elf will listen to Christmas wishes, pose for pictures and enjoy hot chocolate and cookies with guests.
Children age 12 and younger can begin their Friday celebration at 4 p.m. at Liberty Park adjacent to the downtown. There, the great Candy Cane Hunt, a search for more than 2,000 candy canes hidden within the park, will be held.
There will be three age group areas for the hunt and a special needs area.
The events are a cooperative effort of the Lowell Parks and Recreation Department, the town and the Lowell Chamber of Commerce.