Santa Claus’ arrival, the Spirit of Christmas Parade, and the Seminole County Warpath on Cancer’s tree lighting ceremony are all happening in downtown Donalsonville this evening, Thursday, December 7th. The annual Spirit of Christmas parade and the jolly elf himself will roll into town at 6 p.m. Lineup for the parade begins at 5 p.m. at the Seminole County
Once the parade begins, it will travel north on Wiley Avenue, cross over U.S. Highway 84 and then turn east and continue through downtown along Second Avenue. Food vendors will be located on the north end of Cherry Street.
Santa will be available for photos before the parade from 4 to 5:30 p.m.. He will be set up in front of the round police station replica on Woolfork Avenue.
Beloved Donalsonville and Seminole County resident Kathy Barineau will serve as this year’s parade Grand Marshal.
Kathleen “Kathy” Barineau moved here in August 1982 with her late husband, Charles Barineau. They lived at the same residence for over 40 years. Mr. Barineau served as mayor pro-tem and on the city council for a total of 19 years.
They moved here to pastor New Hope Worship Assembly and he was affectionately was known as the community pastor. Mrs. Barineau has served on the DDA board from 2016-present.
She commented, “I fell in love with the community due to the smiles and friendliness of the locals. I love the people and events that make this home.”
Again this year, the lighting of the Seminole County Warpath on Cancer’s Tree of Hope will follow the parade and will be held on the corner of Tennille Avenue and U.S. Highway 84. The Seminole County Elementary Seminole Singers will perform and the lighting ceremony will follow. The tree will be lit this year by cancer survivor Ethan Ausley.
Bundle up, bring the whole family and make an It’s a Wonderful Life night of it in Donalsonville.