The Mt. Orab Christmas in the Village Parade draws hundreds of spectators from around the area. We want your visit to be as enjoyable as possible. Whether you are new to the parade or a long time supporter, here are the top five tips to have the best time possible.
1.) Arrive early! The parade draws large crowds every year, and this year should be no different. Road closures begin approximately 30 minutes prior to the parade’s start, so in order to avoid traffic please consider arriving at least an hour early.
2.) Find a good parking spot! Parking is available at Mt. Orab Middle School, as well as various business and church lots throughout the village. Please make sure you have permission from the property owner before parking in a private lot. A limited number of parking spots are available on village streets. There is no street parking along the parade route. The village is not responsible for theft or damage of vehicles.
3.) Find the best place to sit! The parade runs from Western Brown Schools east to the center of town and turns south on High Street until ending at Smith Avenue. Two announcers are located along the route: one at the center of town and one at the Mt. Orab Village Park. Spectators may set up lawn chairs or blankets along the route for comfortable viewing. Wherever you choose to watch the parade, please make sure to stay off the roads along the parade route to ensure your safety.
4.) Come prepared! As you know, Ohio weather can be unpredictable. Dressing in warm clothes, hats and gloves will make your experience more enjoyable. Feel free to bring blankets and warm drinks as well. Keep an eye on the local forecast to determine if other weather related essentials are necessary.
5.) Don’t forget your letters to Santa! Make sure your little ones bring their letters to Santa. A "mailbox" will be located in the center of town so we can collect the letters and send them to the North Pole. A blank downloaded Santa Letter may be found here.
The Mt. Orab Christmas in the Village Parade began in 2007 as a modest daytime parade. After a tremendous response from the community and several years of growth, the parade was changed to an evening event in 2011. Now, community organizations and local businesses come together to make the parade a spectacular event featuring lights, music, holiday characters and floats.
Below is a list of past Grand Marshalls of the Mt. Orab Christmas in the Village Parade.
|Mayor Bruce Lunsford||2007||Day|
|Tim Hale, Mt. Orab Port Authority||2016||Night|
Widely considered one of the area’s most popular holiday traditions, the Mt. Orab Christmas in the Village Parade is held annually on the first Saturday evening after Thanksgiving. The parade features over 50 colorful floats and entries from local businesses, civic groups, churches and schools. Santa and Mrs. Claus also make an appearance much to the delight of local youngsters.
This year’s parade will take place on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017*, at 6 p.m. Lineup begins at 4 p.m. at Western Brown High School.
New expanded route in 2017! The new parade route kicks off on Bronco Boulevard and proceeds east in front of the Western Brown High School and the former Ford dealership on Main Street. The parade then travels to the center of Mt. Orab, where the route makes a turn and continues on South High Street past the Mt. Orab Park and Administration Offices. The parade route ends at Smith Avenue.
West Main Street will be closed from Western Brown Schools to the Main and High Intersection. South High Street will be closed from the Main and High Intersection to the Smith Avenue Intersection. Road closures begin at 5:30 p.m. and last for the duration of the parade.
Spectators can line the streets of Mt. Orab to view the parade. Two announcers are strategically located along the route to introduce the parade participants as they pass. The first announcer is located at the intersection of Main and High Streets, and the second is located at the Mt. Orab Park.
Area businesses or organizations who wish to participate in the Christmas Parade may download an application here. All floats and entries are required to identify their organization and depict a Christmas theme; however as there is only one Santa Claus, we ask that participants do not feature Santa on their floats. Santa has his own float which appears at the end of the parade.
In addition, the Mt. Orab Christmas Committee builds a number of floats each year that can be sponsored by local businesses. These floats are decorated by the Committee with Christmas décor and lights, and feature holiday characters. A sign with the sponsoring business’ name is also prominently displayed on the float.
Mt. Orab is proud to have hosted a successful Christmas in the Village Parade since 2007. What started as a modest daytime parade is now a spectacular evening event featuring lights, music, holiday characters and floats. For more information on previous parades and former Grand Marshalls, please visit our Parade History page.
* Rain date November 26, 2017.