Next Thursday, Dec. 5, plan to attend the fourth-annual Standstill Parade of Lights in downtown Vermillion. The festive kick-off to Christmas takes place from 6 until 7:00 p.m. and will include holiday music, creative parade entries, warm drinks and treats, giveaways, and more.

“The Standstill Parade of Lights is a wonderful and festive holiday event that’s perfect for all ages,” said Nate Welch, president of the Vermillion Area Chamber & Development Company, which hosts the event. “For those who enjoy the holidays, it’s a great way to kick off the season with the community – it has the sights, sounds, tastes and joy that make the Holidays such a perfect time to get out and be social. Folks can expect all the usual components of a Parade of Lights, and of course, the highpoint will be Santa arriving and leading the lighting of the community tree on Ratingen Platz (at 6:45 p.m.).”

This is the fourth year that Vermillion’s Parade of Lights is a “standstill” production. The stationery parade allows for better participation and creates a unique holiday party atmosphere in the streets of historic downtown Vermillion, say organizers.

“A realization was made a few years ago that we had to make the participant experience smoother so that everyone had a chance to see everything they might want to see, partake of drinks and treats if they wanted to, and still make it down to the community tree in time for the lighting,” said Welch. “Having the floats stand still while attendees are free to move around has created a greater experience for everyone, attendees and participants, alike.”

The VCDC is proud of the Standstill Parade event and is excited to see even more community members in attendance this year.

“The Standstill Parade is something we’re really proud of facilitating in Vermillion, and have been so pleased to watch it grow,” said Welch. “There are a lot of things to love about Vermillion during the Holidays, from wonderful shopping and dining options, to excellent musical and performance events, and of course, enjoying seeing our friend and neighbors out and about preparing for the season. We’re just looking forward to another wonderful event!”

To compete in the float contest during the Standstill Parade of Lights, registration forms can be found at McVicker Plaza or online at LiveVermillion.com. Float registration closes on Monday, Dec. 2.

At Vermillion’s Standstill Parade of Lights, winners will be announced to receive $100 in Vermillion Bucks to use at participating stores. To get your name entered in the drawing, visit and shop at any number of Vermillion’s unique stores and businesses between now and Thursday, Dec. 5. Remember to shop local this holiday season!

Holiday Bucks

To help encourage area residents to keep it local this holiday season, the Vermillion Chamber and Development Company is again offering Holiday Bucks at a discounted rate.

“During this festive promotion, the VCDC will sell $15,000 of Vermillion Bucks at a discount of 15 percent,” said Megan Davidson, director of Strategic Communication and Tourism for the VCDC. “Each household can purchase up to $300, one time. That’s a $300 value for only $255. This holiday promotion is open to the entire Vermillion community with special thanks to our Chamber members who make this promotion possible. The Vermillion Bucks are here until they’re gone – so get in quick!”

Visit the VCDC office to purchase your bucks and keep your shopping local this holiday season!

Holiday Stroll

This year’s Vermillion Holiday Stroll will take place from 5 until 8 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 12. During this event, enjoy a festive Christmas atmosphere downtown as area merchants provide treats and goodies Hand special Christmas bargains for shoppers. Check out the Vermillion Holiday Stroll 2019 Facebook page for more specifics about what each business will be offering.

A vendor fair will also take place during the Holiday Stroll at the Vermillion Eagles Club. Shop Tupperware, Avon, Scentsy, Origami Owl, Kreations by KelseyB, Damsel in Defense, and many others. Local crafters and small businesses in the area will also be set up in McVicker Plaza selling their goods.

“This event provides a great opportunity for those final Christmas shopping purchases,” said Megan Davidson. “Small businesses without a brick and mortar store are invited to table at McVicker Plaza to sell their goods. This is a benefit provided to Chamber members, with a fee of $50 for non-members. Stop by Vermillion businesses for treats and great deals on your holiday must-haves!”

Come celebrate the amazing Vermillion holiday season!

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