Christmas parades coming to towns

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Local area getting in holiday spirit

Bundle up and head into town — the Christmas parades are on their way.

The hot chocolate, the music and the lights, and the Main Streets are festive and exciting with Christmas spirit. Don’t worry, there are more than enough Christmas parades in Barry County to keep families invested in the holiday tradition.


On Dec. 4 at 6 p.m., people can gather on Main Street in Cassville for the annual Christmas Parade by the Cassville Chamber of Commerce.

With a $1,000 Kids Choice Award grand prize, for the best float, sponsored by Hutchens Construction, there will be first-place awards for marching bands; single unit vehicle, best decorated; single vehicle unit, oldest; single vehicle unit, most unusual; and horse drawn. In addition, there will be first-place traveling awards in religious, non-religious and commercial.

Line-up starts at 4 p.m. in front of the field house on Meadow Drive, entering from 14th Street, and will conclude on Clover Street.

Entries must be completed by Nov. 30, either in person at the Chamber office or online at


In Wheaton, this year marks the 41st annual Wheaton Winter Wonderland Christmas Parade on Dec. 11 at 6 p.m.

JoGina Park, Wheaton city clerk, said line-up is at the Body of Christ Ministries on Highway 86 and will go North on Highway 86, then turn right onto East Main Street. The parade will end at the school parking lot.

“We will have pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Community Building before the parade from 4:30-5:30 p.m., [as well as] after the parade, once they make their way back to the Community Building,” she said.

There will be free hot dogs, chili and hot chocolate in the City Park after the parade.

“That will be served by the Wheaton FFA and Wheaton Student Council,” Park said. “We have 7 categories that will be judged in the parade: Religious Floats, Non-Religious Floats, Marching Units/Bands, Horses (single, club or wagon/buggy), Tractors (antique/modern), Cars & Trucks (antique/modern), and Miscellaneous Entry. We will hand out trophies to first, second and third place in each category.”

Wheaton will also have a Christmas Light Contest.

“You must have utilities with the city of Wheaton to be eligible to enter, but you do not have to reside in the city limits,” she said. “The Light Contest will take place on Dec. 10, and the winners will be announced after the Christmas parade. Trophies will be handed out for first, second and third place.”

To be put on the Christmas Light Contest List, people may call or email City Hall at 417-652-3314 or

Call or email City Hall for a parade entry form, or print one off of the Facebook page


For people in Purdy, the Christmas parade will be on Dec. 18 at 11 a.m.

Julie Terry said line-up will be from 10:-10:45 a.m. in the Purdy High School parking lot.

The parade route will run from the high school, turning west along Highway C and going to Country Corner.

“We usually have around 60-80 entries,” she said. “But, it’s early, so we are not quite there yet. Candy will be thrown to the kids from the majority of the participants, so please bring a sack to gather all the goodies in.”

There is no charge to enter the parade, and for more information, people can contact Terry at 417-236-4139.


In Seligman, the Christmas parade will be on Dec. 11. Line-up starts at 1 p.m. at the north end of town on the corner of Highway 37 an Business 37 by Dollar General. The parade starts at 2 p.m., and will conclude at City Hall.

People don’t have to call ahead or sign up, just show up and get in line. As usual, Santa will be at the end of the parade and there will be candy thrown out.

After the parade, Santa will be at the City Hall Community building for photo opportunities, where children will also be given a gift bag.


In Exeter, on Dec. 4 at 1:30 p.m., the Exeter Christmas parade will begin.

Traveling along Front Street then heading south, there are still available spots for people to join in by contacting City Hall.

After the parade, Santa will be on a bench outside City Hall with goodie bags for children.


In Washburn, the Christmas parade will be held on Dec. 4 at 10 a.m.

It will begin at the Washburn First Baptist Church and end at Southwest Middle School. Currently, Washburn does not have the total of floats in yet.

Trophies will be given to first through third place, as well as a $125 cash prize.

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