One of my favorite things about the holidays is all the beautiful lighted outdoor decorations and even better is an illuminated Christmas parade. This weekend, there are a bunch of them around the state of Iowa.

Thursday, December 5

6 p.m.: Decorah Lighted Holiday Parade and free pictures with Santa Claus.

7 p.m.: Holiday Lighted Parade in Boone with tree lighting and more to follow.

7 p.m.: The streets will be lit in Creston for the "Creston Lighted Christmas Parade and No Place Like Creston Festival." Fireworks follow the parade.

Friday, December 6

6 p.m.: Charles City Lighted Parade with fireworks to follow.

6 p.m.: LaPorte City Home for the Holidays lighted parade with a variety of other activities throughout the weekend.

8 p.m. Oelwein Old Tyme Christmas Parade with fireworks to follow. Events throughout the day.

Saturday, December 7

4 to 7 p.m.: Mitchellville's First Annual Hometown Christmas. A lighted parade concludes the day's activities.

5 p.m.: Clear Lake Christmas by the Lake Parade with fireworks to follow. Events throughout the day Saturday and Sunday.

5 p.m.: DeWitt Hometown Christmas Pickup Parade. Events throughout the day.

6 p.m.: Atlantic Lighted Holiday Parade. Each entry includes lights and music. Fireworks kick off the event.

6 p.m.: Christmas Extravaganza in Madrid. Events begin at 10 a.m.

Sunday, December 8

5:30 p.m.: Christmas City Celebration Lighted Parade in Wyoming. Events start at 3:30 p.m.

Johnson County has a holiday parade next weekend:

Saturday, December 14

6 p.m.: A Very Merry Christmas in Swisher. Events begin at 4 p.m.

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