Christmas-lighted cars, floats - even horses - are set to brighten up the night and bring good tidings to all Dec. 14 in Brookings.

The Coastal Christmas Light Parade and Santa Party will begin shortly after 5 p.m., with Santa leading the colorful parade as he rides in a Brookings Fire Department truck.

The parade lineup starts at 4:30 p.m. at Azalea Middle School and proceeds down Oak Street to Railroad Avenue, then to Mill Street, finishing at Oasis Park, where Santa will chat with kids and share hot chocolate, apple cider and cookies with those in attendance.

“We get about 300 people at the party,” said Kathy Breshears, the parade’s organizer. “More people come out just to watch the parade.”

Last year, more than 20 entrees participated. “It’s small, but it grows by a couple each year,” Breshears said. People come from as far away as Crescent City to participate in the parade.

Parade prizes are awarded at the party. Judging for the parade will be in front of KURY Radio on Railroad Avenue, by the radio station’s disc jockeys.

Anyone can enter the parade. Entries are eligible to win donated prizes from Redwood Massage, Ironside Fitness, Fat Cats Pizza, Wild River Pizza, Dairy Queen, and more to come.

The event is free, although the group does accept donations to help offset next year’s expenses. The biggest cost is insurance: $300 for one night, said Breshears. Including the refreshments, total costs are approximately $500.

The group held a garage sale to help cover the costs for this year.

The organization began as volunteers decorating the entire town more than 20 years ago, and created the parade to go along with the decorations. This year, the decor was handed over to Nature’s Coastal Holiday, allowing organizers to concentrate on parade logistics and the Santa party.

To sign up for the parade or help with the party, call or text Kathy Breshears at 541-251-2353.

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