The Lebanon Horse-Drawn Carriage Parade and Christmas Festival, a regional holiday tradition for 30 years, returns bigger and better than ever Dec. 1. We sat down with Angie Smith, executive director for the Lebanon Area Chamber of Commerce and event coordinator of the parade, to discuss this festive event and what people can expect this year.

Could you introduce and describe the parade and festival for someone who hasn’t attended before?

Located in Historic Downtown Lebanon, join us for the largest event to start the holiday season. The parade features only horse-drawn carriages. The highlights of the event are the 1 p.m. afternoon carriage parade and the 7 p.m. candlelit evening parade, which will have over 100 decorated carriages pulled by minis, Clydesdales, Percherons and many more! Between parade times, visit over 80 antique and specialty shops or browse the Christmas Festival on Mulberry Street with food and craft vendors from 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

How did the parade and festival first get started?

The parade first got started 30 years ago when several Lebanon community members met to brainstorm ways to bring the community together. Throughout the years, the parade has continued to grow, and turn into a holiday tradition for many throughout the area. Pat South was the founder of this great event.

Anything new being added to the event this year?

This year, we are bringing back several carriages that had “retired,” but agreed to come back for our 30th anniversary. We also will have Jess Lamb and My Sister Sarah to add to the Entertainment Line-up this year.

Do local business get involved? If they do, how so?

Yes, many local businesses get involved in many ways such as offering discounts for shoppers during this day, sponsoring carriages (they get a carriage sign with their business logo), event sponsorships and volunteering to help make this event a success. 

What’s your favorite thing to do or see during the day? 

There are so many “favorite things” about this day. I love watching families come out to watch the parade, and seeing the smiles on the children’s faces as they watch the beautiful carriages come by. I love watching our amazing little town all join together for this festive holiday event, and watching everyone forget about the craziness of life for just a few hours and enjoy the beauty of the holiday. I am beyond grateful and truly appreciate the many volunteers that help make this event a successful event each and every day!


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