Parades, Festivals Planned for Holiday Season Throughout Santa Barbara County

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Santa visited with children after the parade.

Prizes are awarded for artistically decorated trees and traditionally decorated trees.

The parade will begin at 6 p.m.

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The festivities begin Friday night with the city's Winterfest celebration, which has marked the unofficial start of the Christmas season in Newark since 1995.

The parade makes its way through town to the Hague Community Center on Route 8, where the town Christmas party is held and children can visit with Santa.

The route starts at the corner of Pine and H streets, proceeds south on H, then turns right onto Ocean Avenue and concludes at I Street.

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Saturday, Dec. 9, noon to 5 p.m., Family & Friends Day for festive shopping downtown; 10 a.m.to 4:30 p.m., Middle Street Walk, with historic house tours, gingerbread house contest at City Hall, 9 Dale Ave., with special performances and programs; and 4:30 p.m., lighting of Lobster Trap Tree, followed by open house at Cape Ann Art Haven. For every bag of food or toys brought, the donor will receive a raffle ticket, according to the event page found on the Whitehouse Area Chamber of Commerce facebook page.

The West Iredell High School band, pageant queens, classic cars and, of course, Santa Claus, will be featured in the Troutman Christmas Parade, which takes place Saturday. The parade is organized by the Rotary Clubs of Santa Maria and Nipomo.

The Reindeer Run, a 5K that benefits Special Olympics Delaware, will be held in conjunction with Winterfest, beginning at 7 p.m.in front of the fire station on Academy Street. A full schedule of events is available here, and will include lighting the Christmas tree at flagpole at 6 p.m. The Whitehouse Park, 309 East Main Street, will host a number of vendor booths, food, games, activities and pictures with Santa.

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But those who may not be able to attend those shows still have chances to enjoy moving lights, visiting Santa and gathering for Christmas tree lightings.

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