91 st ANNUAL LEWES CHRISTMAS PARADE
TAKES PLACE ON SATURDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2023 AT 5 PM
This year’s annual Lewes Christmas parade, presented by the City of Lewes and the Lewes Chamber of Commerce, takes place on December 2, 2023 at 5 p.m. (Rain/Snow Date: Saturday, December 9, 2023 at the same time.) The parade’s theme is “Celebrating an Old- Fashioned Christmas in Lewes.” The parade organizing committee is co-chaired by Craig Beebe of NextHome Tomorrow Realty and G.W. Thompson of Canary Point Consulting. Jim Smith, Past President of the Lewes Chamber Board of Directors and Mike DiPaolo, Delaware Community Foundation Vice President, will reprise their roles as parade co-announcers.
Prizes are awarded in a number of categories including a prize that was introduced four years ago recognizing entrants that add an exceptional sound component to their entry. The other prize categories are: Marching Group, Band, Clown, Equestrian, Decorated Classic Car (vintage 1967 or older), Decorated Vehicle (after 1967 or more recent), Fire Company, Commercial Float, Community Organization Float and Youth Organization Float.
After the parade, everyone is invited to join Mayor Andrew Williams as he officially illuminates the Christmas tree in Zwaanendael Park followed by candlelight caroling in the park, led by Christy Taylor with some of her music students. The tree lighting ceremony will commence shortly after the last parade entry passes by the Judges’ Reviewing Stand in
The Christmas Parade is the culmination of a number of special events and activities associated with the celebration of the Christmas Weekend in Historic Lewes. The festivities kick off on Thursday, November 30 with the Lewes Merchants’ 36 th annual Hospitality Night from 5-8 p.m. in the historic commercial district. Second Street will be closed to vehicular traffic from 4 - 8 p.m. on Thursday night. Santa will make a brief visit that evening to his Lewes house at the corner of Second and Bank Streets. There are numerous other activities throughout the Lewes area associated with the holiday weekend celebrations. Visit the chamber’s website: www.leweschamber.com/events.
The chamber’s visitor center is open Monday through Friday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and will be open from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Saturday, December 2.