Christmas parade hopes to offer a Winter Wonderland

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The 52nd edition of Williamsburg’s annual Christmas parade will step off at 8 a.m.Dec. 2 and crowds can expect to see anything from dogs to businessmen, boy scouts to elves.

A wide cross section of holiday revelers – civic, school, sports and animal groups, among others — will march in the parade in downtown Williamsburg, hoping to create a “Winter Wonderland.” Expect to see dozens of floats.

Families and parade lovers traditionally arrive early to line the route, armed with blankets and hot cocoa.

The parade will start at the intersection of Richmond Road and Brooks Street, then head down Richmond Road to Duke of Gloucester Street. The parade will finish at North Henry Street.

In all, festivities should last just over three hours.

Staff members from area tourism organizations laud the parade for solidifying Christmas spirit and for giving local businesses the chance to introduce themselves to parade goers.

But saving the best for last, Santa and Mrs. Claus will make their annual appearance at the end of the parade, much to the enjoyment of the youngest parade watchers.

The parade kicks off Williamsburg’s official Christmas season and Grand Illumination weekend.

Wright can be reached by phone at 757-345-2343.

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