The streetlights in downtown Danville will be dark Thursday night, but Vermilion Street will be lit by the decorations on floats and other special entries in the 15th annual Night of Lights parade.
Sponsored by Downtown Danville Inc., the event features lighted floats decorated in holiday themes. Last year, about 50 entries made their way south along Vermilion Street from Williams Street to Main Street, and then to the David S. Palmer Arena where the final night of Presence United Samaritans Medical Center’s Festival of Trees will be under way. There will be free admission to the festival 3-9 p.m. Thursday.
Thanks to Sunday’s severe storms, another special event was moved to Thursday as well. The Festival of Trees organizers will try to set a new world record for the most number of Santa’s elves in one place. Check-in for the event — participants must wear elf ears and the appropriate headgear — begins at 4:30 p.m. on the Kresge lot just north of the Courthouse Annex.
Thursday also will feature performances by Danville elementary pupils and Danville High School’s Madrigal singers at Temple Plaza. The singing begins at 4:15 p.m. and will finish just before the parade moves out at 6:30 p.m.
Several downtown merchants will be open late to show their wares off to the crowds.
It’s a great evening to celebrate the season with family and friends. Be sure to circle Thursday on your calendar. It will be a special day for all.