Fall River is about to get "lit" in the most magical way.

The festive spirit is set to sweep through Fall River once again with the 39th annual Children's Holiday Parade and the much-anticipated tree -lighting celebration. This year's event promises to be a memorable experience for the community. Here's what you need to know.

The parade is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 2, stepping off at 1 p.m. at Kennedy Park. The parade will journey down South Main Street, concluding at the corner of Central and Bedford streets.

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This year's parade will include 11 bands, 20 floats and four types of balloons. High school bands from across New England and various groups from Greater Fall River schools will be a part of the parade. Local fire and police departments, bagpipe bands, drum and bugle corps, and brass bands will also join. The musical highlight is The Saints Brigade, an 85-person band from Port Chester, New York.

Courtesy Greater Fall River RE-CREATION
Courtesy Greater Fall River RE-CREATION

Broadway from Bradford Avenue to Middle Street will close to traffic at 10:30 a.m.

The tree-lighting will take place on the same day, 3 to 5 p.m., with the lighting around 4:15, at Government Center.

The celebration includes photos with Santa, airbrush tattoos, face painting, crafts, games, giveaways, performances by Circus Dynamics and music by DJ Eric Juice. Enjoy hot cocoa and soup, along with food trucks offering various treats.

Courtesy Greater Fall River RE-CREATION
Courtesy Greater Fall River RE-CREATION

Matthew Barth contributed to this report. 

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