CASA GRANDE — Although there won’t be an electric light parade in Casa Grande this year, there will be lights, Santa and plenty to see and do.
The Casa Grande Electric Light Tour, a COVID-safe replacement for the annual holiday parade, kicks off the holiday season on Saturday, Dec. 5.
The Electric Light Parade attracts an estimated 20,000 people each year who squeeze in along Florence Boulevard and other streets to see the procession.
Rather than jockeying for a spot to watch a parade this year, attendees will travel to see displays that may be safely seen from a vehicle.
More than 60 addresses with holiday-theme lighted displays are registered with the Electric Light Tour. The city will provide a map guiding attendees to each location.
Single night displays will be viewable from 6 to 9 p.m. on Dec. 5. Some will remain up through Dec. 20.
The community will have a voice in which display is the best by voting for their favorite online at ELTVote.com. A map of the registered displays will be available starting Dec. 1 at casagrandeaz.gov/ELT.
The city of Casa Grande announced in October that rather than a holiday parade, it would host a modified event this year to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Santa and other holiday activities are also part of the season kickoff.
Drive-thru photos with Santa will be available from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5, at the Community Recreation Center parking lot, 1905 N. Peart Road. Families will get a free photo with Santa and goodie bags filled with a craft and treats.
Area residents might also catch a glimpse of Santa riding on a fire truck through various neighborhoods from 6 to 8 p.m. on Dec. 5.
“Residents should be on the lookout for Santa cruising through your neighborhood,” a press release from the city of Casa Grande said. “And you can’t miss him — he’ll be getting a ride from local firefighters on the fire truck.”
The Christmas tree in front of City Hall will be turned on in the evening on Dec. 5. This year, people may watch the lighting online at www.youtube.com/CGAZGOV.
Throughout December, the city will host a holiday theme scavenger hunt and virtual ugly sweater contest. Details are available online at www.casagrandeaz.gov/ELT.
Also on Dec. 5, Casa Grande Main Street will host a cornhole tournament beginning at 10 a.m. at the Neon Sign Park, 408 N. Sacaton St.
The competition includes divisions for beginners and experienced players. Cost to participate is $50 per team. Registration is online at signup.com.