Christmas Parade photo

The Christmas Parade returns this year after not taking place in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The festivities include ice skating, horse and carriage rides, food, live reindeer and live music. The parade begins at 7 p.m.

The City of Shelbyville’s Christmas Parade and Downtown Holiday Celebration is set for Friday, Dec. 3.

The festivities will be returning after a year off during the pandemic.

“I’m happy we’re able to do it,” said Mayor Tom DeBaun. “I think it is good timing in relation to the completion of the downtown project. Certainly it brings together not only the excitement of that project but also getting together as a community.”

From 5-8 p.m., attendees can venture to the Public Square to partake in some holiday-themed activities. The Public Square construction project is expected to be mostly completed by that time.

“There will be some fit-and-finish type of things that are done,” DeBaun said. “We backordered a few lights that won’t be in in time and maybe some plant material, but it’ll be substantially complete.”

Activities include horse and carriage rides, live reindeer, vendors, and music.

“It’s gonna be a lot of fun,” DeBaun said. “We’ll have a skating rink, we’ll have carriage rides, music food and all kinds of things.”

Mainstreet Shelbyville’s Mistletoe Market will also be taking place during the festivities. Vendors will have items available for sale. The Mistletoe Market is sponsored by Knauf Insulation.

“The vendors will be in a heated tent on the northeast quadrant of the public square,” Mainstreet Shelbyville Executive Director Brandy Coomes said in an email. “We are on a waitlist for vendors but we are accepting applications as we are working on trying to find more space. Please use the link on our Facebook page to fill out the application and we will contact vendors if space opens up in the coming days.”

Find them online at Facebook.com/Mainstreet Shelby.

Local traveling bar Bourbons and Brews will be set up in the alley on E. Washington Street, according to a flyer. Ice skating will also be set up in the city lot on E. Washington Street.

From 5-7 p.m., cookie decorating and hot chocolate will be available at the former Chase Building, 49 Public Square.

The Christmas Parade will begin at 7 p.m.

The parade will begin at the Chamber of Commerce, 501 N. Harrison Street, and proceed south on Harrison Street, will then turn west on Washington Street, and end at City Hall, 44 W. Washington Street.

The arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus and lighting of downtown will take place following the parade.

Santa Claus will also be making stop on the Public Square before visiting with children in the former Chase Building.