Welcome to the holidays.
While many are already dreading the holiday shopping, one thing every man, woman and child is looking forward to is the annual Christmas Parades.
This season the parade schedule will kick off on Nov. 30 in the Town of Jay with the Jay Christmas Parade.
The parade will get underway at 10 a.m. and start at Bray-Hendricks Park and travel east on Highway 4, around the town square and then back down Highway 4 to Bray-Hendricks Park.
Boaters are invited to gather at 7:30 p.m. at the front of Russell Harber Park next to the Highway 90 bridge. This lighted boat parade is a between the bridges event in conjunction with Milton’s Festival of Lights.
Saturday Dec. 7 will be a busy time in the Pace and Milton area with the Pace Fire and Rescue Department hosting their annual Christmas Parade at 1 p.m.
The parade will depart the Pace High School parking lot onto Norris Rd. and then head west to Chumuckla Highway. After turning left at the traffic light, the parade will head south to Pace Rd. From there it will travel to the four way stop at Pace Patriot Boulevard, where it will turn left and continue to the fire department.
In Milton that evening the Santa Rosa County Chamber of Commerce will host “A Patriotic Christmas” with its annual lighted Christmas Parde.
The parade will get underway at 6 p.m. and will start from the Milton Community Center on Byrom St. and travel to James St., before turning onto Stewart St. and head south to Elva St., where the parade will disband.
Then the holiday parade season will come to a culmination with the Chumuckla Redneck Christmas Parade on Dec. 14 at 1 p.m.
The parade will start at the cotton gin on Chumuckla Springs/Gin Rd. and end after traveling 1.5 miles to Salter Rd., which is across Chumuckla Highway.
If your group or organization would like to participate in any of these events, you can contact the Town of Jay, the Blackwater Pyrates, the Pace Fire and Rescue District, the Santa Rosa County Chamber of Commerce, or the Chumuckla Fire District respectively.