Area cities kick off Christmas season with parades, Santa and snow

Green Avenue will be filled with patrol cars, fire trucks and ambulances Friday night in Orange. Thankfully, it will not be due to catastrophe. The Orange Jaycees have given the honor of grand marshal in the Christmas parade to all first-responders for all the hard work and sacrifices made this past year.

Starting at the old Sears store on MacArthur drive at 6:30 p.m., 70 or more entries will make their way down Green Avenue ending with Santa arriving atop a fire engine. Passing the reviewing stand at city hall, the parade will turn right on 4th Street, proceeding to the routes end at Front Street.

Parade entries are still being accepted. No fee is required.

Registration forms can be found at R & R Auto, Greater Orange Area Chamber of Commerce office located at Northway Shopping Center and Artcraft Framing on Western Avenue in West Orange.

Parade chairman, Hank Van Slyke said it would be best to fill out the registration form on site and leave it there. Forms will be picked up Thursday. The only transportation not allowed to participate are four wheelers. Anything else can be entered as long as it is decorated in the red and green Christmas theme. 

Candy is not allowed to be thrown from floats, but may be passed out along the parade route. 

Santa will then move to Bridge City for the Chamber of Commerce’s annual Christmas parade at 10 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 6.

The parade will run from the First Baptist Church parking lot on W. Roundbunch to Hatton Elementary School. There will be bands, dancing groups, fire trucks and more. Entries are still being accepted. 

Judging will be at 9:45 a.m., so arrive by 9 a.m. to set up. There is no entry fee and trophies will be awarded to winners.

All entrants must register with the Bridge City Chamber of Commerce. Register by calling the Chamber office at 735-5671 or coming to 150 W. Roundbunch.

In inclement weather, the parade will be at 2 p.m., Sunday Dec. 7.

Later, Saturday, Santa will show up in Vidor, bringing North Pole snow with him to a Christmas Tasting at Grace Community Church located at 1030 N. Main. Tickets are $10, available at the Bridge City Chamber of Commerce along with 500 free tickets available for children, first come, first serve, until gone. 

Proceeds to benefit Bridge City children, for a merrier Christmas.

About Penny LeLeux

Penny has worked at The Record Newspapers since 2006. A member of the editorial staff, she has "done everything but print it." Most frequently she writes entertainment reviews and human interest stories, with a little paranormal thrown in from time to time.She has been a lifelong member of the Orangefield community.