Holiday Lighted Parade

Light decorations are seen outside the Sioux City Public Museum at the end of the 2016 Holiday Lighted Parade in downtown Sioux City. This year's parade will begin 6:15 p.m. Nov. 20.

Justin Wan, Sioux City Journal file

SIOUX CITY | Christmas decorations are going up in downtown Sioux City, which means this year's Downtown for the Holidays celebration is fast approaching. 

Siouxlanders will be able to enjoy the annual Festival of Trees, opening of Santa's House and the Holiday Lighted Parade in downtown Sioux City Nov. 20. 

The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 231 will present the parade at 6:15 p.m. Nov. 20. The parade will begin at Fourth and Iowa streets and will travel down Fourth Street. Floats can enter at no cost, and cash prizes of $150, $100 and $50 will be awarded to first through third place in commercial and non-commercial categories. 

Other events will include free admission to the LaunchPAD Children's Museum, 623 Pearl St., between 3 and 5:30 p.m. with the donation of hand warmers or travel-size toiletries for Sioux City's warming shelter. Evolve Yoga & Wellness, 411 Pearl St., will also offer free hot chocolate. 

Santa Claus will arrive at the Sioux City Public Museum that evening to help light the downtown Christmas tree, then head over to Santa's House at 409 Nebraska St., where children can discuss their Christmas wish lists while enjoying hot chocolate and cookies.

Santa's House will then be open Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. between Nov. 25 and Dec. 21. 

The Festival of Trees will be located in the Ho-Chunk Centre atrium, 600 Fourth St., with bell choir and dance performances. Trees will be on display through this year's annual tree auction, which will occur 6:30 p.m. Nov. 30. Proceeds from the auction will go toward the Community Action Agency's Welcome Home Shelter. 

Registration for the parade is open through Nov. 14 at downtownsiouxcity.com.

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