The Littleton Christmas Parade this weekend will absorb some of the holiday spirit that was postponed from the partially rained out Light Up Littleton Event. 

The parade is scheduled to start on Saturday, Dec. 7, at 11 a.m., and groups participating in the parade will start organizing at Lakeland Cultural Arts Center at 10 a.m.

The parade route will follow Mosby Avenue to the light at E. South Main Street, where it will turn right and follow the main street all the way to the Piggly Wiggly.

Since the parade falls on Pearl Harbor day, parade organizers want to honor local veterans and invited American Legion post 308 and post 425 to serve as the grand marshals of this year’s parade. 

Parade-goers can expect to see a marching band, Haliwa-Saponi dancers and drummers, a local car club, at least two traditional floats, Shriners with a calliope, cheerleaders, and more. The current event roster has at least 40 groups slated to march, and the registration is still open. 

Vendors selling hot chocolate, kettle corn, candy apples, and hot dogs will be set up in the event space by the stage before and after the parade. 

The parade is expected to conclude at the Piggly Wiggly around noon, but festivities at the town event space will continue with an elf dance, similar to the annual witch dance. Santa will also take the stage and visit with children.

Santa will return later in the day, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., to celebrate the community and observe the now lit up town of Littleton.