The Coronado Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting will be held on Dec. 1. Photo courtesy of the Coronado Chamber of Commerce.

As the Christmas season approaches, the Coronado Chamber of Commerce is putting together the finishing touches on the 48th annual Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting.

The Dec. 1 event starts at 6 p.m. and has been known to be full of joy, camaraderie and magic, organizers say.

According to the Coronado Chamber of Commerce, attendees will experience a display of seasonal colors, twinkling lights and festive music down the streets of Coronado.

The parade will consist of vibrant floats, marching bands and a cheerful cavalcade spreading Christmas joy, organizers said.

Santa Claus will lead countdown

Organizers say the Coronado community along with families and friends are encouraged to join in and watch the parade make its way from  7th Street through Orange Avenue looping around at RH Dana & Adella.

Following the parade will come the lighting ceremony where Santa Claus will lead the countdown and unveil the 18,175 beaming lights surrounding the massive Rotary Club tree.

Kerri Dowling , the chamber’s membership and events director, said she’s is looking forward to how the event will pull the community together.

“The community is invited to revel in the harmonic tunes of the Coronado Community Band. Their melodic performances will fill the air with holiday spirit, creating the perfect backdrop for families to gather, share stories, and bask in the warmth of the season,” Dowling said in a statement.

Streets remain open

The streets of Coronado will remain open so that residents and visitors can be fully immersed in the holiday spirit- Christmas shopping, checking out local shops and finding tasty holiday treats, chamber officials said.

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Dinsmore is a senior journalism student at Pt. Loma Nazarene University, where he is the Opinion Editor of The Point, a weekly campus paper. He writes general news stories for The Coronado News.