Light Your Way Parade

Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (SMWC), in partnership with Miracle on 7th Street, presents the “Light Your Way” Christmas Parade.

Holiday cheer will be on full display as Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, in partnership with Miracle on 7th Street, presents the 2022 “Light Your Way Christmas Parade” This parade has quickly become one of the largest parades of its kind in the Midwest.

The 2022 parade route begins at 5th Street and Wabash Avenue, goes east on Wabash and continues until 9th Street, then turns north. The area from Wabash Avenue to Cherry Street on 9th Street is designated as a Sensory Friendly Area for those with sound and food sensitivities. Therefore, food items will not be distributed in this one-block area and no sounds will be used. However, parade participants can hand out non-edible items.

The parade plans to showcase the community’s Christmas spirit with holiday lights illuminating from the floats and marching bands filling the streets with the magical sounds of the season. Among the parade participants are universities, colleges, high schools, churches, various organizations, businesses, SMWC’s horses, and of course, Santa Claus.

The event is FREE and OPEN to the public.


Parade organizers, which include students from SMWC invite groups, organizations and businesses to participate in this community tradition. Up to 80 entries will be accepted. The entries must be family-friendly, contain lights and portray a Christmas theme.

The deadline to submit parade entries is November 28, 2022. This will allow time for the approval of themes.

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