Lincoln Christmas Parade a delight
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[December 04, 2021]
While many of us enjoy a little cold weather and snow during the
Christmas season, the mild temperatures and calm winds were
appreciated by the many people who came out to see the Lincoln
Christmas Parade on Thursday evening.
There were a large number of entries in this year’s event, making
for a tough job for the parade judges as they worked to decide which
entry was the best in three separate categories.
The 2021 Christmas Parade judges were city of Lincoln Administrative
Assistant Kate Andrews and Logan County Tourism Bureau board members
Gail Apel-Sasse and Olivia Partlow. The three were tasked with
selecting the best of the best in the categories of “Tourism’s
Choice,” “Best Float,” and “Best representation of Theme.”
The Tourism Choice Award went to Memorial Care - Lincoln (formerly
Memorial Physicians/Family Medical Center) with the float theme
based on the popular Christmas Movie ‘Polar Express.’
The Best representation of the theme went to Top Hat Creamery and
Spirited Republic. The float included Top Hat owner Lisa Mestinsek
driving the truck and dressed as “Aunt Edna” from National Lampoon’s
Christmas Vacation. The Traveling Top Hat represented the “RV” with
other characters walking behind including “Cousin Eddie” and Clark’s
employer “Frank Shirley” complete in pajamas and tied up in a big
The Best float went to the Hawes Elevator float from Atlanta. The
float features a replica of the historic Hawes Elevator in Atlanta,
and an assortment of items around the float representing historic
There were several other notable entries this year including the
little vintage cars driven by the Shriners organization members, a
first time entry in Lincoln.
Seth Goodman with his ME Realty entry thrilled the crowd blowing
flames from the basket of his balloon as he rode on the back of his
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Lincoln College also got the crowd fired up as a large group walked
the parade route singing Christmas carols with Director of Residence
Life Quentin Brackenridge leading the singing with his amplified
Lincoln Community Theater members brought to the parade their
interpretation of a scene from the Wizard of Oz complete with
tornado and the witch’s feet with ruby red slippers sticking out
from under Dorothy’s fallen house.
The “Grinch” not only stole Christmas, but he stole the show on
Thursday evening as he drove the route in his little Nash Rambler,
honking and waving with great enthusiasm all along the way.
And, of course, it would not be a parade without Santa Claus. He and
Mrs. Claus brought up the rear of the parade in his beautifully lit
reindeer and sleigh.
As the couple made their way to the end of the route, it was time to
pullout of the line-up and venture to the Logan County Tourism
Bureau Lincoln Depot Visitor’s Center.
Inside the depot, children lined up in large numbers for a chance to
sit on Santa’s lap and share their Christmas Wish list with him, in
hopes that they have been good enough to get everything they ask
Mrs. Claus was also busy inside the depot. As has become an annual
tradition, Grandma Claus had knitted and crocheted many child size
winter hats. Grandma Claus couldn’t make it to the parade, so Mrs.
Claus was busy giving out the hats as special gifts to any child who
While guests waited their turn on Santa’s lap, the tourism bureau
was serving up hot chocolate and cookies for all.
All in all, it was a terrific night in Lincoln on Thursday. The
crowds were excited to come out for a “normal” parade, and the many
involved in the various entries seemed to be excited and happy to be
there as well.
[Nila Smith with photos by Smith and Lisa Ramlow]