Riverbank’s annual tradition, the Christmas Festival and Parade, is coming to downtown Riverbank on Saturday, Nov. 29.
City Administrative Analyst Luanne Bain was busy recently checking to make sure all the parade trophies were in order, as the city gears up for the fun day, kicking off the Christmas season right after Thanksgiving.
The festival begins at noon on Saturday with the Christmas Crafts Faire, now in its 13th year, set up on Third Street between Topeka and Santa Fe, in front of City Hall North. The 46th Annual Riverbank Community Christmas Parade – with the theme ‘Christmas Time Is Near!’ – begins at 5:30 p.m. It will run from Fifth to Second Street down Santa Fe, returning on Stanislaus back to Fifth Street. The annual Christmas Tree Lighting, parade awards and visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus will follow immediately after the parade, at the Plaza del Rio Park, Third and Santa Fe streets.
Festivities at the plaza are anticipated to begin around 6 p.m., after Santa arrives as part of the parade and then takes time for visiting with youngsters and posing for photos with them.
The entire festival, said Bain, is geared toward the family with holiday-themed items and ideas for gift giving at the craft faire, followed by the parade and entertainment.
All are invited to join in the fun to help usher in the holidays by singing with the Girls Scouts, Boy Scouts, members from the Tot Time program and Ballet Folklorico.
Attendees are also encouraged to wear their best “Ugly Christmas Sweater” for the city’s ugly sweater contest. Winners will be announced that evening.
For more information or if you are interested in participating, call 863-7150.