Knudson Park in Marseilles will be aglow in holiday spirit starting Friday.
The city’s official lightup will be at 5:30 pm. Friday at the park along Lincoln Street. Mayor Jim Hollenbeck and Jeanne Knudson, the wife of the late John Knudson (Marseilles mayor, 1983-2003), will turn on the lights for the sponsored decorations and lighted trees.
After the lighting, the Marseilles Elementary School choir will sing, and the Teens N Teamwork (TNT) group will serve hot cocoa. A Polar Express train will be available for rides.
Holiday festivities will continue Saturday with the 5K Santa Fun Run and Walk. Lineup begins at 8 a.m. at Knudson Park along Lincoln Street, with the run beginning at 9 a.m. The course travels over the Illinois River bridge to Illini State Park, then back to Knudson Park. Runners and walkers are encouraged to wear holiday attire. Pets in costume also are welcome. A $10 fee is required upon registration. Anyone age 10 years or younger can participate for free. The fee will go toward TNT events.
The Holiday Magic Lighted Santa Parade begins at 5:30 p.m. Saturday. The parade will travel north on Main Street from the Illinois Valley Cellular lot, east onto Washington Street, onto Aurora Street, across the railroad tracks, west onto Broadway Street, then onto Main Street to end at Labor Local 393.
Santa Claus will be at the labor hall from 6 to 7:30 p.m. after the parade to meet with children. Youths also can participate in a Make and Take Crafters event. Soups and hot cocoa will be available for sale, as well as baked goods.
The Marseilles holiday events are sponsored by the Marseilles Tourism and Parks Committee.