Yes Virginia, There is a Christmas Parade!

County Supervisor Sue Frost, Parade Coordinator Tabitha Worth and Parade Announcer John Todd

The holidays are here once again, and after last year’s horrific rain-out, this year we’re ready for a double dose of holiday cheer.

The 8th Annual Rio Linda Elverta Christmas Light Parade will take place on Saturday, December 9th at 6 p.m. on M Street in Scenic & Beautiful Downtown Rio Linda.

According to the Rio Linda Elverta Country Faire website, Cars, trucks, trailers, horses, and of course SANTA will all be there to spread some cheer! We will kick off the parade at 6 p.m. with the lighting of the Community Christmas tree at Troy Graham Park. (Next to the judge’s stand).

The parade route will start at West 2nd Street, traveling along M Street, and ending at Curved Bridge Rd.

The entry form for participants can be found here at the Country Faire website. The entry fee is $20.

There are also sign-up forms for Barricade Set Up/Take Down Volunteers, Parade Check-in Volunteers, and -very- limited opportunities to sponsor the parade and help beautify the community for the holidays by sponsoring a light pole decoration.

All of those sign-up forms can be found here.

To be clear, we are in desperate need of volunteers!

This year’s judges will be newly minted Honorary Mayor Katherine Shermer, former Mayor Tommy Hall, and Parks and Rec Board Member Charlea Moore.

This year, A-1 Storage in Rio Linda has sponsored our cash prizes, as judged by our parade officials:

  • 1st Place – $300
  • 2nd Place – $200
  • 3rd Place – $100

Community Christmas Tree

Our community Christmas tree will be here soon! A date has not yet been set for the transportation from the tree farm in Apple Hill. There will be a lighting ceremony at Troy Park around 6pm before the parade arrives at that location.

Christmas Bazaar

Also taking place on parade day is another event that has become a tradition in the community… The 3rd Annual Christmas Bazaar. After the rain last year saw the event moved to Rio Linda High School, they have decided to remain there with much more space for the 75 local vendors. The Bazaar begins at 9am and ends at 4, in plenty of time to get down to M Street for the parade.

See more on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/events/799305968235759

Pancake Breakfast

A pancake breakfast with Santa will be hosted by the Rio Linda Elverta Recreation and Parks District on Saturday morning from 8am to Noon at the Community Center, 810 Oak Lane.

Stay tuned to Rio Linda Online– We will have all of the parade info as soon as we can get it out to you.