SOUDERTON — It's too soon to say if we'll have a white Christmas this year, but it will definitely be a "Green Holiday."
That's the theme for this year's Souderton Holiday Parade, where organizers are encouraging all the floats to follow the theme by using recycled and upcycled materials.
This year's parade starts at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, making its way down Main Street, then turning onto Broad Street, crossing the railroad tracks and heading out East Broad Street to School Lane.
As always, it ends with Santa and Mrs. Claus riding along the parade route, Souderton-Telford Main Streets Interim Manager Christina DiVergigelis said.
"It's a pretty awesome day," DiVergigelis said. "It's fun. It's definitely a great hometown community event."
More than 75 groups were scheduled to be in the parade, she said.
She's been involved in the parade since she was in elementary school, having walked with school groups, bands and cheerleading squads, then as a parent walking with her children's soccer teams and as a Souderton Braves cheerleading coach, she said. In more recent years, she's been one of the parade announcers.
"So, yeah, I've been involved for many, many years," DiVergigelis said. "Let's just say I'm seasoned when it comes to the parade."
As the interim manager, though, it's the first time she's been involved in the behind the scenes little details that go into the parade, she said.
She's always known that there was a lot of work and many moving parts to the parade, she said.
"Now I'm realizing that it takes a lot of coordination, a lot of volunteers, and a lot of people coming together to work out all those intricate details to make the parade happen," she said, "and we really couldn't do it without the borough's support, the police chief's support, and all the other volunteers that come together and make this day happen."
More than 40 volunteers help out on parade day, with a lot of other volunteers taking part in other work leading up to parade day, she said.
She said she will again this year be one of the parade announcers at Broad and Main streets. Other returning announcers will be John Ralston, of the BuxMont Live WNPV radio show and Ralston Live Facebook page and Tom Quinn from Montgomery Theater, she said. Longtime Main Streets volunteer Scott Little, of Harleysville Bank, the parade's main sponsor, joins the announcing crew this year, she said.
PBR Productions will again be videotaping the parade, which this year for the first time will be live-streamed through the Souderton-Telford Main Streets Facebook page, DiVergigelis said.
Souderton tree lighting
Souderton's tree lighting, which in previous years has been on the night of the parade, has been changed to the night before, Divergigelis said.
It will be 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6 on Main Street at Hillside Avenue.
"North Penn Goodwill will be handing out hot chocolate," DiVergigelis said.
Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive around 7 p.m. for the tree lighting, she said.
There will be a progressive craft for children in stores along Main Street, she said.
The evening will also include a DJ with music and lights, she said.
Photos with Santa will be available.
Attendees are asked to bring an unwrapped toy to be donated to Toys for Tots.
Telford tree lighting
Telford's tree lighting will be 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec 13 near the former train station at Penn Avenue and Main Street.
The Girl Scouts and St. Paul's Lutheran Church will be providing cookies, with St. Paul's and North Penn Goodwill providing hot chocolate, DiVergigelis said.
"The Indian Valley Boys & Girls Club will be providing a kids' craft," she said.
Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive on a Telford Volunteer Fire Co. firetruck for the tree lighting at about 7 p.m., she said.
Photos with Santa will be available.
Additional information on the Souderton Holiday Parade and the Souderton and Telford tree lightings is available at www.stmainst.org or the Souderton Telford Main Streets Facebook page.
Generations of Indian Valley's Reindeer Run & Walk is Saturday, Dec. 7.
The 5K begins and ends at Generations on Second Street in Souderton and is run on Souderton streets. It is one of Generations' most important fundraisers of the year and benefits Generations and Meals on Wheels, Generations information says.
Registration and check-in will be from 7:15 to 7:45 a.m. The run/walk starts at 8 a.m. Breakfast and the Prize Ceremony are at 9 a.m.
Information on the Reindeer Run is available at www.generationsofiv.org or by calling 215-723-5841.