December 15 date set for Christmas Magic in Monroe


The third Saturday in December is a repeat from the date for 2017

The organizers of “Christmas Magic in Monroe – Parade & Winter Wonderland” have announced the 2018 event will take place on Dec. 15.

“The third Saturday in December is a repeat from the date for 2017, and that date worked out well,” said Michelle Dugan, executive director of the Monroe County Chamber of Commerce. As a result, she added, that weekend “has been designated as the date for this year, and likely going forward.”

Christmas Magic is a Chamber of Commerce event produced by The Monroe News, which is also the presenting sponsor of the event.

The announcement of this year’s date was made during the organizers’ report to Monroe City Council during a work session Monday.

During 2017, the organizers transformed Monroe’s traditional Christmas parade into an all-new celebration featuring a lighted night parade and a Winter Wonderland. Attractions included a vendor village, food trucks, live music, hot chocolate, public warming tents, public restrooms, over thirty gas heaters along the route, photos at Santa’s Pavilion, ice skating and carriage rides. All activities and amenities are free to the public.

Vince Bodiford, president and publisher of The Monroe News, said the same parade route and footprint is expected as was used during the 2017 event. The route proceeded through historic downtown Monroe, with the main activities in Loranger Square. Bodiford said “our goal is to enhance and expand the magic for the 2018 event.”

This post is a re-post from The Monroe News. The original story can be found here.