Christmas in Crozet

The Crozet Christmas Parade was held Sunday, December 2 and ran through downtown Crozet. Enormous crowds of families attended to take part in all of the holiday fun.

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The Crozet Christmas parade is an event put on by the Crozet Volunteer Fire Department every year to kick off the holiday season for our town. The Crozet Volunteer fire Department has an extensive history dating back to the early 1910’s. While the technology used back then surely differs from the equipment the Fire Department has now, the Crozet Volunteer Fire Department has always been dedicated to serving our community.

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The parade began at three on Waylands Drive, by Green House Coffee, turned left at the four way stop and concluded at the Fire Department. The streets were lined with people of all ages and an array of vehicles were featured in the parade.

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The parade was led by Crozet Volunteer Fire Department’s big rigs, accompanied by police escorts. All of the drivers of the fire trucks were wearing santa hats to embrace the festive spirit.

The Western Albemarle Rescue Squad also took part in the parade. The rescue squad is also an all volunteer organization like the fire department committed to helping our community.

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A slew of Girl Scout and Boy Scout troops of all ages participated in the parade as well. The kids were loaded into trailers, trucks, really any vehicle of a kind and all loved being a part of the event. Even one Girl Scout troop rode in on the crozet trolley! The crozet trolley is hosting a Polar Express themed event for kids and adults this December. More information on this festive event is posted on their website at

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The Western Albemarle High School marching band then took over the streets and filled the air with some Christmas jazz music to entertain the crowd. Western Albemarle leadership class also joined in behind them in a red SUV packed with excited students who threw out tons of candy canes for the children.

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Other participants in the parade varied. There were classic cars shown off, such as old corvettes and other sports cars. The Albemarle Jaunt bus also drove in behind these coupes. One family even brought a mini pony for their toddler to ride in on! The most elaborate of floats in the parade was even decked out with a gingerbread house and inflatable snowman.

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Of course the holiday parade closed featuring Santa Claus! The kids were ecstatic to see Santa ride in on a horse drawn carriage pulled by beautiful clydesdales.

At the end of the parade, candy filled the streets and children scoured to pick up any they could. The parade was a wonderful family event that increased the holiday spirit in our community as we head into this joyous season.

Written by Courtney Schoeb