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Watkins Glen celebrates 30th Annual Village Christmas: Parade and festivities follow

The 30th annual Watkins Glen Village Christmas brought holiday cheer to the community with a range of festive events, including the much-anticipated Christmas tree lighting ceremony.


Watkins Glen Mayor Laurie DeNardo expressed her excitement at the success of this year’s event, noting the significance of its 30th anniversary. The downtown area transformed into a holiday wonderland, extending several blocks and featuring an array of vendors, holiday treats, and opportunities for memorable photos with Santa’s friends. The event attracted locals and visitors alike, creating a vibrant and joyous atmosphere in the heart of Watkins Glen.

Following the tree lighting, the annual parade commenced, drawing large crowds to the streets. Spectators enjoyed the festive display of approximately 35 floats, making it the largest parade in the event’s history. Mayor DeNardo highlighted the growing popularity of the parade over the years, with each edition surpassing the previous one in scale and spectacle. The parade showcased a variety of creatively decorated floats, with participants enthusiastically spreading Christmas greetings to the onlookers.

The parade winners included Montour Falls Fire Department for Best Fire Truck, Cub Scouts Pack 65 for Best Tractor, Maguire Cars for Best Christmas Around the World Theme, Arc of Chemung-Schuyler for Most Overall Christmas Spirit, and Three Pond Ranch receiving the Judge’s Choice award. The celebrations concluded on Friday night with a dazzling fireworks display launched from the Seneca Lake pier, adding a grand finale to the festivities. Mayor DeNardo extended a warm Merry Christmas to all, reflecting the spirit of community and joy that the Village Christmas event brings to Watkins Glen each year.