Join us as we kick off the Holiday season with our Hometown Holiday Celebration and Christmas Tree Lighting! This annual event will be held at DeSoto Town Center (211 E. Pleasant Run Rd.) on November 30, 2017. It will be an evening of musical entertainment, crafts for the children, a visit from Santa and refreshments. You and your family are welcome to be a part of this time-honored tradition. The ceremonial tree lighting will occur at 8pm.
The City of DeSoto annual Christmas Parade is a major event that will close down parts of Hampton Road from Wintergreen Road to Dalton Drive, as well as parts of Pleasant Run Road between Chattey Road and Red Bud Drive during the hours of 6:40 p.m. until approximately 9:00 p.m. This year’s Christmas Parade will take place at DeSoto Town Center located at 211 E. Pleasant Run Road and will be more of a “Block Festival”. The parade will consist of three competing marching bands from DeSoto, Lancaster, and Carter High Schools. The parade route will start at Hampton Road and Woodhaven Drive and proceed south on Hampton Road to Pleasant Run Road. Each band will stop along Hampton Road to conduct a 3-minute performance for the crowds along Hampton Road. After each performance the bands will then continue turning eastbound onto Pleasant Run Road where they will again stop and conduct a 3-minute performance for the crowds along Pleasant Run Road. Once the performances are done the bands will continue east on Pleasant Run Road to the busing and staging area. The parade participants will line up along the rear driveway of the Civic Center that leads to the Amphitheater.
Traffic Plan Overview
Traffic for the parade is expected to be moderate as this will be a Thursday evening. All traffic traveling S/B on N. Hampton Road at Wintergreen Road will be diverted eastbound & westbound onto Wintergreen Road. All traffic traveling S/B on N. Hampton Road at Mantlebrook Drive will be diverted eastbound & westbound onto Mantlebrook Drive/Hanna Avenue. All traffic traveling N/B on Hampton Road at Dalton Drive will be diverted westbound onto Dalton Drive. All traffic traveling E/B on W. Pleasant Run Road at Redbud Drive will diverted S/B onto Redbud Drive. All traffic traveling W/B on E. Pleasant Run Road at Chattey Road will be diverted S/B onto Chattey Road. All traffic leaving the Tom Thumb parking lot during the event will have the option of proceeding south onto Hampton Road or south onto Hilltop Circle from the east exit. All traffic leaving the Aldi’s and Big Lots parking lots will be sent southbound on Hampton Road only.
Note: All citizens wishing to attend the parade are encouraged to be on location by 6:30 p.m. Street blockages will start at 6:40 p.m. Parking lots in and around the event will be blocked off starting at 6:50 p.m. Parade starts at 7:00 p.m. During the Parade there will be no traffic allowed on Hampton Road or Pleasant Run Road along the parade route. Expect delays and traffic detours in and around the event.