Everybody loves a parade-especially Santa, who manages to frequent quite a few of them! Here, a selection of the world's most wow-factor Christmas-themed parades and pageants...
Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade COURTESY WALT DISNEY WORLD
MICKEY'S ONCE UPON A CHRISTMASTIME PARADE
Walt Disney World; Select dates in November and December
Part of "Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party," this one-of-a-kind-Disney production of a parade, set in Disney's Magic Kingdom, will feature 170 costumed performers (including Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, and more of the Disney gang, along with marching "toy soldiers" and, of course, Santa), 15 floats, and more unexpected extras, such as a half-dozen ponies (to pull around Cinderella's coach, naturally).
Calistoga Lighted Tractor Parade © OLOF CARMEL-CARMEL GALLERY
CALISTOGA LIGHTED TRACTOR PARADE
Calistoga, California; December 7
Trade in elaborate big city parade hoopla for quirky small town charm at Calistoga's 18th Annual Lighted Tractor Parade. Tucked into the heart of Napa Valley, this Christmas parade celebrates the area's agricultural heritage with a procession of decorated and illuminated tractors, antique trucks, and other assorted farm equipment, down Calistoga's main street.
Krampus and Perchten Procession. PHOTOGRAPHY BY GRAZ TOURISMUS-HARRY SCHIFFER
KRAMPUS AND PERCHTEN PROCESSION
Graz, Austria; December 1
If Santa was to have a nemesis, he might just find one in Graz, Austria, where a traditional parade unites the Christian figure of Saint Nicholas (who rewards good children) with his pagan demon/beast antithesis "Krampus" (who instead punishes bad ones). The unusual yet spectacular parade features some 400 costumed participants, including St. Nicholas, Perchten (a pagan goddess), and Krampus figures-the latter, donning grotesque-looking demonic masks.
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