'Miracle' events this weekend, culminating with Christmas Parade

Tribune-Star file/Austen LeakeChristmas on parade: The Toys for Tots banner is carried by two Marines down Wabash Avenue as a part of last year’s Light Your Way Christmas Parade in downtown Terre Haute.

The 10th annual Miracle on 7th Street, downtown Terre Haute’s largest holiday celebration, is this weekend, from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday and from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday.

Here are some highlights and scheduled features.

SCHEDULE

Friday

• SnowMazing: A 50-by-40-foot winter maze featuring the whimsical world of snowman wonderland will be open during Miracle on 7th. It is located in the lot between Old National Bank and Candlewood Suites Terre Haute on Wabash Avenue.

• Trackless train: Chugs through downtown. Rides are free.

• Noon-8 p.m. – Crafts and music at Swope Museum

• 4-6 p.m. – The Miracle Continues crafts and activities, Vigo County Public Library

• 4-8 p.m. – Photos with Santa, Mic’s Pics Photo and Digital Solutions, 11 S. 7th St.

• 5-8 p.m. – Sneak Peak at new Vigo County Historical Society Museum, 929 Wabash Ave.

• 5-9 p.m. – Gingerbread houses at Scott College of Business, ISU

• 6:30 p.m. – Miracle Storytelling at Hilton Garden Inn

Saturday

• SnowMazing – A 50-by-40-foot winter maze featuring the whimsical world of snowman wonderland

• Trackless train – Chugs through downtown. Rides are free.

• Noon-4 p.m. – Gingerbread houses at Scott College of Business

• Noon-4 p.m. – The Miracle Continues crafts and activities, Vigo County Public Library

• Noon-5 p.m. – Photos with Santa, Mic’s Pics Photo and Digital Solutions, 11 S. 7th St.

• 1-3 p.m. – Ornament making at Swope Museum

• 3 p.m. – Miracle Storytelling at Hilton Garden Inn

• 6 p.m. – Light Your Way Parade, starts at Fifth Street running east to 91/2 Street. Includes sensory-friendly block with no music or candy from Fifth to Sixth streets.

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'Miracle' events this weekend, culminating with Christmas Parade

Tribune-Star file/Austen Leake Let it go: The Tribune-Star's float in the 2nd annual Light Your Way Christmas Parade had a "Frozen" theme complete with Olaf and Elsa

STREET CLOSINGS

Street closings for Miracle on 7th begin early Friday and run through early Sunday.

Motorists should expect street closings as early as 6 a.m. Friday. Those include Wabash Avenue between the Sky Garden parking garage in the 600 block to Ninth Street and Seventh Street from Ohio Street to the Hilton Garden Inn parking entrance.

Also, an expanded closing of Wabash Avenue begins at 3 p.m. Saturday between Fifth and 9½ streets. This will accommodate the parade, which begins at 6 p.m. Saturday.

Obey barricades blocking streets and seek alternate routes to avoid traffic congestion.

THE PARADE

The third annual Light Your Way Christmas Parade, hosted by Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, kicks off at 6 p.m. Saturday. The parade route will begin at the intersection of Fifth Street and Wabash Avenue, heading east on Wabash and continuing until 9½ Street.

Thousands of residents, including many families, are expected to line the streets of downtown for the parade, which is expected to include about 70 entrants.

Among the parade participants are universities, colleges, high schools, churches, organizations, SMWC’s horses and equestrian teams, and of course, Santa Claus.

The area between Fifth and Sixth streets will be designated a sensory-friendly block, with no music or candy. This will create a less stressful and overwhelming environment.

The planning for this student-led parade began five months ago. This year’s student organizers are Maddie Stuck and Jonathan Utz.

Lisa Trigg has been a reporter at the Tribune-Star since 2009. With close to 29 years of newspaper experience, she now covers general news with a focus on crime and courts.