Santa and Mrs. Claus will help Bel Air open the final rush to Christmas as the featured guests in the town's 23rd annual Christmas Parade.
The holiday parade and Christmas tree lighting will be held from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2, in Downtown Bel Air.
It all starts with a concert on Main Street by the Patrick Redmond Band on Main Street. The parade, which goes from Churchville Road to Lee Street, begins at 3:30 p.m. with marching bands from Bel Air, C. Milton Wright, John Carroll, Joppatowne, Patterson Mill, Fallston and Edgewood high schools performing.
Hot chocolate and cookies, provided by Coffee Coffee and Wegmans, will be served between 4 and 5 p.m. accompanied by Christmas carols in Shamrock Park, featuring the Bel Air Community Band.
The tree lighting at 5 p.m. will close the celebration.
In a separate Christmas celebration two weeks later, the Chesapeake Cancer Alliance Christmas House Tour will be Dec. 15 from 1 to 6 p.m.
Eight homes in the Bel Air area will be decked out for the holidays and will welcome people to enjoy the decorations.
Bel Air Presbyterian Church on Main Street will be open for refreshments.
Tickets are $18 pre-sale and $20 at the door and sold at Kroh's Nursery, Preston's Stationery, Simply Grande Home Furnishings, Jonathan's Weddings and Flowers, La Chic Salon and Bulle Rock Community Center.
All money raised will be donated to services of Cancer LifeNet at Upper Chesapeake Health.