CONTEST: Judge the 2022 Christmas Parade

This Contest has ended. Parade judges will be announced soon!

Want to put a little extra ho-ho-ho in your holiday season? Judging the 2022 Santa Claus Christmas Parade is a sure way to get in the spirit! 

We’re looking for the merriest of the merry, the jolliest of the jolly, the most festive of the festive to pick this year’s parade winners. Think you have what it takes? 


Christmas is Coming to Town   

The Santa Claus Christmas Parade will roll through town on Saturday, December 10, 2022, during the second weekend of the town-wide Santa Claus Christmas Celebration. 

The parade will follow last year’s route, beginning near Santa Claus Brewing Co. and traveling up Highway 245 past Sun Outdoors Lake Rudolph, St. Nicholas Church, and the Santa Claus Fire Department. After a turn on to Patricia Koch Boulevard (HINT HINT: a great place to view the parade!), the parade will loop back on to Highway 162 and return to the starting point.  

Christmas Parade Judge Job Description 

As one of three parade judges, you’ll be tasked with helping name the winners of three categories: 

Holiday Spirit – The fancier the float, the more likely it is to win, right? Not necessarily! This category is all about the enthusiasm exhibited by the ones riding on or walking with the float. 

Kids’ Favorite – Kids have strong opinions, and this is where they can shine! Be sure to enter as a family, so your kiddos get the chance to make their pick. 

Best Use of Theme – Will there be snow on parade day? Who knows? But everyone will be feeling the chill thanks to the 2022 parade theme: “Winter Wonderland”! 

So, that’s the job description. But what does it take to BE a successful Santa Claus Christmas Parade judge? 

You must, of course, believe in Santa Claus and the magic of the season. You must bring your jolliest attitude (Grinches are always welcome here, but we want to see some smiles on parade day!). And you must always keep the spirit of Christmas in your heart—not just during the holidays. 

Oh, one more “must”: You must be able to be in Santa Claus, Indiana, on Saturday, December 10, 2022. Judging for the parade will begin at 12:00 pm CT in the Holiday World Legend parking lot. The parade will begin at 1:00 pm CT. Judges can claim a spot at the announcer’s stand near the Santa Claus Town Hall and help hand out trophies to the winners! 


Your Christmas Reward 

Being a judge for the Santa Claus Christmas Parade is an honor to itself. But this gig also comes with a pretty great perk! 

Each judge will receive a Christmas Prize Pack that includes: 

One vehicle admission to the Santa Claus Land of Lights at Sun Outdoors Lake Rudolph
$25 gift certificate to the Santa Claus Christmas Store
$25 gift card to Evergreen Boutique & Christmas Shop
$25 gift card to S&S BBQ & Pizzeria 

Entries will be accepted through November 11, 2022. Standard rules and regulations apply. 

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