The star of the show for this year’s light parade was Santa Claus, who sat atop a float with colored lighted Christmas trees and a few of his reindeer. 

OSCODA – A cold windy evening in Oscoda didn’t keep residents away from enjoying festive foods and drinks along US-23 and on Dwight Street.

Last weekend marked the 15th annual Northern Lights Parade and Community Celebration and with piles of white snow and decorations downtown, residents were feeling the Christmas spirit.

The annual festivities kicked off just after sunset in front of the township hall where the Oscoda Rotary and Interact Clubs passed out hot cider and donuts to chilled locals. Alongside them, the Oscoda Township Fire Department sold chili inside the fire barn.

Additionally, Tim Kellstrom and others encouraged residents to try a famous chili cheese dog to raise money for the Angels Girls Travel Basketball Team. On Dwight Street, the Oscoda AuSable Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction, with the Oscoda Convention and Visitors Bureau handed out hot chocolate and candy canes. Additionally, Cathy’s Hallmark was paid a visit from Olaf from the movie Frozen and young ones could take their photos with him.

After everyone’s bellies were full of snacks and hot beverages, the parade began. The parade kicked off with the Oscoda Color Guard holding their flags high and marching on US-23. The 40/8 train and the Oscoda Marching Band followed closely behind along with other businesses and service organizations.

Various groups had bright colored lights, characters, people waving and even a few animatronics to keep the audience interested. Walkers passed out candy to local children and Santa even made an appearance on the Oscoda Lions Club float to wish everyone a Merry Christmas.

There were many creative and dazzling floats, but only three could be named winners. This year’s categories included Owl Spirit, Best in Glow and Most Creative. Results were unavailable at press time but will be published in a future edition.