Christmas Cruise, A Parade Alternative, in Downtown Lincoln

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[November 19, 2020]   LINCOLN - Lincoln’s annual Christmas Parade, hosted by the Logan County Tourism Bureau, will look a little different this year due to COIVD. The Christmas Cruise will be on Thursday, December 3rd, 2020 from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm, with the theme of “Brighten Up the Streets.” Judging will take place in the following categories: Tourism Choice, Best Float, and Best Representation of the Theme.

This year’s event will be a drive-thru only parade with the entries stationary on the East side of Kickapoo St. Cruisers (spectators) will travel down Kickapoo St., turn left on Pekin St., then left onto Chicago St. The cruise will end with Santa greeting the cars outside the Depot/Visitor Center. You must stay in your vehicle for the duration of the Cruise.

The Tourism Bureau is accepting entries until Wednesday, November 25th, 2020. Due to space limitations, a maximum of 50 entries will be accepted. Each entry will have a spot of 40 ft long X 10 ft wide. One spot per entry and one entry per participating organization. For safety purposes, masks and gloves MUST be worn when handing out candy to cars.

Use the following link sign up and reserve your entry spot -

The Cruisers can begin lining up at 6:45 pm. To avoid traffic congestion down Wyatt Ave, we are requiring the Cruisers to enter from the back-parking lot of the High School, via Pulaski/Miller Streets. Cars will be guided through the parking lot and released onto Wyatt a few at a time. They will then travel down Wyatt Ave and turn right onto Kickapoo to start the Cruise route.

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The Logan County Tourism board and staff want to spread Christmas cheer while being safe. If you have any questions please contact the Tourism office (101 N Chicago St Lincoln, IL) – 217-732-8687, Morgan Gleason - director@destination  or Cindy Smith –

[Morgan Gleason]


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