In a recent press release, Mahaska Chamber & Development Group characterized the 2023 Lighted Christmas Parade in downtown Oskaloosa as a “huge success.”
“The festive spirit and enthusiasm from the community made this year’s celebration truly special. The Dancing Lights, Oskaloosa City Band, and vibrant decorations created a magical atmosphere that brought people together in the heart of the town, our city square,” says Oskaloosa Main Street Director Angella Foster.
More than 70 floats participated this year and over 17,500 people were in attendance. A study was conducted to estimate the economic impact of the parade, generating more than $350,000. This number is reflected through dining, lodging, travel expenses, and fuel dollars spent within the community during this one night. What a positive impact on our community.
The theme that earned the most votes for the 2024 Lighted Christmas parade was Twinkling Christmas. The Oskaloosa Main Street Lighted Christmas Parade will be held on Saturday, December 7, 2024, at 7 pm.
The week-long festivities leading up to the Lighted Christmas Parade include the Young Ambassador Contest, Window Decorating, Home Decorating contests, Gospel Christmas Concert, Merry Little Downtown Christmas, and much, much more. Officials encourage everyone to invite family, friends, and visitors to make a trip to Oskaloosa. Grab a cup of hot cocoa, apple cider, or a warm Christmas coffee at the local coffee shop; enter the holiday-decorated Alleys; visit the quaint little bookstore for a Christmas read; or shop unique stops along the square for the perfect Christmas gift.
As before, many events are held throughout Mahaska County in conjunction with the Lighted Parade. Contact the Main Street Office to have these events placed in the Holiday Happenings brochure. Many volunteers are needed to make the event a success. If you would like to be a part of the planning, contact the Main Street office of the Chamber at 641-672-2591 or email [email protected].