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Gayla Williams
· December 3, 2017
The Schnucks GIGANTIC motorized Shopping Cart was my fave and of course The Shriners driving their bright itty bitty mobiles. Witnessing around 300 GROWN people NEVER being taught to take their turn i...n line tonight was very disheartening and a valuable lesson our granddaughter learned tonight.... Common courtesy! See More
Alex Bryant
· November 22, 2017
I wear lights and am fantastic, so it's a pretty good fit.
Sylvia Needham
· December 5, 2015
Rode the shuttle bus from the mall this year. That was a wonderful addition to the parade. We had the best experience to and from the parade. Have never had such a hassle-free experience going to the ...Lights parade before. Thanks for adding that service. See More
LaTeshia Smith Basden
· December 2, 2017
Shot out "The Beautiful Ones" Dancers and SIU Marching Band.
Marti M Sutton
· December 29, 2016
I encourage everyone to attend. An excellent way to kick off. The holiday season in Southern Illinois.
Elizabeth Craig
· November 26, 2015
We drive from Pana every year for this, the kids absolutely love it
Justin Zurlinden
· November 4, 2015
Always a great time for our downtown area! TONS OF FUN!

Today is the day! The Carbondale Lights Fantastic Parade is today at 6pm, with pre-parade activities starting at 4pm! Join us downtown for this fun-filled evening!

The Parade will start on Mill Street, head north on 51N, then around Town Square, turning right on Jackson Street and Washington Street!

Grab a cookie from one of our downtown businesses and we’ll see you there!

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Cookie Walk will be from 4-6pm!

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If you are looking to ride the FREE shuttles for the Lights Fantastic Parade (that starts at 6pm), you can hop on at University Mall (main entrance) OR Murdale Shopping Center (near Co-op), as well as from SIU at the Student Center & Lot 89 behind the arena.

These shuttles will run from 4-6 and return all passengers back after the parade.

We are just 2 days away from the Carbondale Lights Fantastic Parade! We hope to see everyone on Saturday; the Parade starts at 6pm!

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Longbranch Cafe & Bakery

YULE Love Us! ❤️

Make Longbranch part of your Lights Fantastic tradition!

Starting at 5pm Saturday we’ll have hot chocolate and cookies for sale on the deck.


Step inside for the yummiest holiday gifts! #Longbranch17

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We will be out front again this year during the Carbondale Lights Fantastic Parade with brownies, cookies, our special hot chocolate and coffee for sale! Come by and see us this year!

Are you in need of a ride to the Lights Fantastic Parade?

West Bus will be picking up passengers at Murdale Shopping Center (in front of Neighborhood Co-op) and the main entrance of the University Mall every 15 minutes between 4pm and 6pm!
Buses will return all passengers after the parade!


Jackson County Mass Transit will run SIU Shuttles (only options for Handicap) from in front of the Student Center and in Lot 89 behind the SIU Arena, dropping off at the Civic Center parking lot from 4-6pm and returning following the parade.

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Don't forget that the street closure starts at 5pm! This is the parade detour route if you are traveling through Carbondale during the closure.

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Don't forget to finish up your decorations!

Judging will occur on this evening. Winners will be announced in advance & at the Lights Fantastic Parade this Saturday.

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Are you participating in the Lights Fantastic Parade this Saturday? If so, this map is for you!

You will find out your line-up number on the day of the parade. The staging area will be available by 3:30pm. Please remember that all parade route streets close at 5pm.

We look forward to seeing everyone this Saturday, December 2nd at 6pm!

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You still have some time to enter the Lights Fantastic Parade!! If you are interested, please get your application in as soon as possible! #ONLYCARBONDALE

The 27th Annual Lights Fantastic Parade is quickly approaching! The Lights Fantastic Parade will be on Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 6:00pm with pre-parade

Check out all the fun happening before the Lights Fantastic Parade!! #ONLYCARBONDALE

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T-minus 13 days until the 2017 Carbondale Lights Fantastic Parade! Check out all of the holiday activities going on before the parade on December 2. #CarbondaleTradition

Be part of the Lights Fantastic Parade and transform Carbondale into a Winter Wonderland!

This year's theme is The Polar Express, so make sure you get your windows decorated!

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It's almost that time of the year again! Lights Fantastic Parade applications can be found at the link below!

The 27th Annual Lights Fantastic Parade is quickly approaching! The Lights Fantastic Parade will be on Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 6:00pm with pre-parade

It's finally here! The 26th Lights Fantastic Parade begins at 6pm this evening!

The Lights Fantastic Parade is tomorrow at 6:00pm!! We hope everyone will come celebrate with us!

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