Radford Christmas Parade Lights Up the Night

Photos by Ethan Bell
Santa waves from atop a fire truck bucket for the finale of Radford’s “Light Up the Night” Holiday Parade, held in downtown Radford Friday night.

RADFORD – The Radford “Light Up the Night” Holiday Parade brought a festive feel to downtown Radford Friday night, with scout and church groups, businesses, first responders and bands showing their holiday spirit.

One member of a convoy of 18-wheeler cabs is aglow during the city’s nighttime Christmas parade, which marched east to west down Main Street.

Radford Mayor David Horton reflected on the parade at Monday’s city council meeting.

“We had the most amazing parade,” he said. “It was such a celebration of the holiday season, a celebration of Christmas and a celebration of this community. You saw Cub Scout, Girl Scouts, church groups and people on horseback. It was their time to shine in the spotlight, to see their friends and connect with people.”

One of several church floats is bathed on a glow during the parade.

Families lined Main Street for the parade, and the chilly breeze with temperatures in the 30’s gave it a decidedly winter feel. Children vied for candy thrown from floats and handed out by the intrepid walkers of the parade route.

The finale was Radford’s traditional Christmas parade end,and one much-anticipated by children each year – Santa proudly waving from atop a firetruck bucket proclaiming, “Merry Christmas to all.”


– Heather Bell