The 16th annual House Springs Lions Club Christmas Parade, set for Saturday, Dec. 11, will honor the late Karen Hollandsworth, who founded the parade.
She died of COVID-19-related causes in January, and her husband, Lane Hollandsworth, and two daughters, Kelly Quinlan and Kim Glass, will be this year’s parade grand marshals.
The parade, which is returning after a year hiatus because of the pandemic, will follow a route like ones in previous years, just a bit shorter.
Parade chairperson Kim Fanter said the parade will start at 7 p.m. at the Faith Community Church parking lot, 4824 Scottsdale Road, in House Springs and proceed left onto Conrad Smith Drive to Dulin Creek Road and then Hwy. MM, ending at the intersection of Hillsboro-House Springs Road and Hwy. MM.
“It ends at the stoplight,” Fanter said.
In past years, the parade ended at the former House Springs Lions Club, 6482 Hwy. MM, but the club sold the building in the summer.
Fanter said while the parade will not end at the building, it will be open after the parade for visits with Santa. Hot chocolate also will be served in the building.
“There will be absolutely no float parking at the old Lions Club Hall,” she said.
Fanter said the hall will have a limited capacity of 99 people for the visits with Santa.
“There may be a wait outside to get in to see Santa,” she said.
Fanter encourages people to bring a canned good to the building, and all the collected food will be donated to local food pantries.
This year’s parade theme is “Lighting up House Springs in Honor of Karen Hollandsworth.”
Fanter said Hollandsworth, a longtime House Springs resident, had the idea to start the parade and organized it for many years.
“Everyone knew Karen,” she said. “She made something come to life that the community looks forward to every year.”
Anyone looking to enter a float or group in the parade must attend one of the registration events, which will be held at the old Lions Club building from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, or 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 8. Entry costs $15.
Fanter said the registration fees cover the parade costs, including permits and signs.