Coastal Christmas Elves will be busy this morning in preparation for the fifth annual Light Parade and Santa visit.

Volunteers will decorate light poles and trees along Chetco Avenue and, new this year, they will be adorning Railroad Street for the holiday season.

The parade will begin lining up at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, in the Azalea Middle School parking lot, a new staging area.

This year the procession led by Santa will also take a different route with less traffic. It will begin about 5:15 and proceed the entire length of Oak Street then follow Railroad and Mill streets and end at Oasis Park at Chetco and Hillside avenues, the location of the community Christmas tree.

At the park, children can visit Santa. Homebaked cookies and hot chocolate and cider will be served.

“Come on out and enjoy some smalltown Christmas spirit,” said Kathy Breshears, event organizer with the Coastal Christmas Elves.

Also new this year will be float judging. Three judges will be near KURY studios on Railroad Street.

To sign up for the parade and be eligible to win prizes, call or text Breshears at 541-251-7353. There will be adult and children categories for parade entries and awards given for first, second and third place.

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