Santa and Mrs. Claus make their way down Main Street in Waterford during a past Christmas parade. The 20th annual Winter Wonderland parade is set for Saturday at 5:30 p.m..


Tree-lighting ceremony is still on for Saturday evening

Absolutely Waterford’s 20th annual Winter Wonderland Christmas parade has been rescheduled to Saturday, Dec. 8. The parade was originally scheduled for Dec. 1, but was postponed due to an unfavorable weather forecast.

A tree-lighting ceremony, performance by carolers and pictures with Santa will still take place at the Waterford Public Library on Dec. 1 beginning at 6 p.m.

“Our winter parade is a holiday tradition that local families and those from surrounding areas have come to enjoy for two decades,” said Dawn Brummel, Absolutely Waterford Main Street manager. “We are pleased to be able to celebrate the season with the community by expanding this event throughout our historic downtown.”

Brummel said parade-goers can expect the usual holiday favorites to make their way down Main Street like Santa and Mrs. Claus waving atop a fire engine as well as some new surprises. Racine’s recently restored calliope will wheel down the street sending out seasonal sounds of yesteryear while the Racine Zoo will showcase its own “Merry Zoomas.”

The parade begins at Waterford Town Hall, 415 N. Milwaukee St., and ends at the Waterford Public Library, 101 N. River St. Parade participants will assemble between 4:30 and 5:15 p.m., and the parade will kick off at 5:30 p.m.

During the parade, hot drinks will be available at Doc’s on the Fox parking lot, 232 N. Milwaukee St., and the ice-skating rink at Milwaukee and Main streets. Fox River Christian Church will provide s’mores at the ice-skating rink and give away hot beverages at its 238 E. Main St. office.

Organizers are asking parade-goers to help spread Christmas cheer by donating packaged goods to benefit Love Inc. Drop off sites from 4 to 8 p.m. include Marty’s Fiesta Hall, the library, the ice-skating rink and Waterford Police Station, 415 N. Milwaukee St. The library is accepting donations for anyone who would like to drop off items before the festivities.

Suggested items include soup, canned tomatoes, pasta, rice, canned chicken and tuna and baking items.

More information can be obtained by visiting or calling (262) 534-9000.