Downtown Perry aglow with new holiday lights

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The City of Perry recently completed the installation of new lighted wreaths in the downtown area. Residents will be able to see the lights up close and personal Friday when the annual Lighted Christmas Parade passes down Second Street.

Visitors to downtown Perry this holiday season will be treated to a festive display as lighted wreaths now top many of the light poles in the area.

The new displays were purchased with funds generated by the local option sales tax and the hotel/motel tax. City crews worked for two days to install all of the new holiday lights.

Perry City Hall has taken on a holiday theme as well, with stained glass coverings on the outside of the building adding a green and red glow to the structure on the northeast corner of First and Willis Streets.

Stained glass covers add a festive look to Perry City Hall thanks to the efforts of City Administrator Sven Peterson.
Perry City Administrator Sven Peterson observes the stained glass covers that have added a festive look to Perry City Hall. The covers were installed by the Perry Volunteer Fire Department.

Revelers will have an opportunity to see all the new decorations from up close Friday when Perry’s Lighted Christmas Parade comes to downtown.¬†The parade line-up begins at 6 p.m. at the corner of Second Street and Otley Avenue.

The parade will proceed east down Otley Avenue before turning north on Third Street and traveling to Pattee Street, where it will turn back west for a block before passing south down Second Street, ending at Otley Avenue.

Immediately after the parade, the lighting of the Community Christmas Tree will take place next to the Perry Public Library. Santa Claus will be at the Hotel Pattee with cookies and hot chocolate, and the PHS Select Choir will be caroling.

New this holiday season to downtown Perry are lighted wreaths.
New this holiday season to downtown Perry are lighted wreaths.

The Carnegie Library will be open from 6-8:30 p.m. with the public invited to visit the Festival of Trees, where 35 Christmas trees and displays, provided by a variety of local businesses and civic groups, are on display. Admission is free and visitors may vote on their favorite display.

Contact the Perry-Area Chamber of Commerce for parade entry forms at perrychamber@perryia.org.

ITC Midwest is the official sponsor of the Perry Lighted Christmas Parade.

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