Christmas paraded into downtown Urbana on horseback Friday evening.
The annual Santa Parade followed a ceremonial tree lighting in Legacy Park on Monument Square. Local residents and their children lined the parade route, which entered the square from the east on Scioto Street.
Temperatures were in the 50s and conditions were dry, a nearly perfect evening for late November.
Food vendors offered hot beverages, sandwiches and other concessions for sale.
Santa Land at The Gloria Theatre opened for the season after the jolly old elf arrived in a horse-drawn wagon at the end of the parade. Santa will be visiting with children throughout the season from the shop area north of the theater near the post office. Children can visit Santa on Fridays in December from 5-8 p.m. and on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.