“The Magic of Christmas” Parade of Lights in Magnolia is hosted by the Greater Magnolia Parkway Chamber of Commerce.
“We’ve made it a little bit more featured event. We’re pretty excited about its 40th year,” said Chamber President Sandy Barton.
District 4 State Senator Brandon Creighton is the Grand Marshall of the Parade this year.
“We’re excited that he’s going to be with us this year. Our parade sponsor, our lead sponsor is our local Constable, Constable Chris Jones, so we really have a wonderful representation here,” said Barton.
Barton said the parade is part of an all-day celebration in Magnolia.
“From one to four we have Precinct Two Commissioner Charlie Riley’s Family Fun Day, and then we slide right into our Christmas parade, which starts at 5:30. The parade itself is entirely lit, and we have a special guest, Santa, at the end,” said Barton. We have horses, we have marching bands. We have almost 100 entries, and they’re all tremendously lit.” All of our marching band participants are lit up, and it just makes the Christmas holiday season kick off, and it’s just magical, it is, that’s why we call it the Magic of Christmas.”
Barton said they limit the parade to 100 entries because of the size of their space for lineup and their route within the city. The parade takes about 1 ½ hours.
Barton said the streets close down in advance of that, at about five p.m.
“The parade starts at Magnolia Junior High School on Nichols Sawmill, so Nichols Sawmill is closed from Old Hockley Road all the way to Commerce Street near FM 1774. So, it comes east on Nichols Sawmill to Commerce Street, turns left or north on Commerce Street to Unity Park Drive, which is also Sixth Street, so it will turn left and again go back West on Sixth Street,” said Barton. Then it will come all the way back through Unity Park to Nicholls Sawmill, and it will end in the same place that it begins, which is the Junior High.”
Barton said as far as parking, she suggests coming to the parade early.
“They can park anywhere along the parade route. With that said, their cars need to be off the street, so they would have to move their cars or their trucks so that it’s more like a tailgate situation, or they park all their tires on the side of the roadway,” said Barton.
Barton said you won’t get onto the parade route if you’re not in place by five pm, because the Constables in the community will be closing off the roads beginning at five.