‘Walking Mall’ and tree lighting events announced for Christmas Parade day

(Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

The City of Casper, Downtown Casper Business Association, David Street Station and Proud to Host the Best have announced joint activities for parade night on Nov. 24.

Downtown merchants have banded together to create a “walking mall”.

The second-annual tree lighting at David Street Station will take place before the parade starting time. The new outdoor skating rink will also be unveiled and opened at that time.

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Second Street and W. Yellowstone will be closed to traffic starting at 2:00 p.m., and bus service will be available.

The full press release and schedule follows:

 

Downtown Christmas Celebration

– The City of Casper, working in conjunction with the Downtown Casper Business Association, David Street Station, and Proud To Host The Best committee will be hosting a “Small Business Saturday” walking mall, and Christmas Celebration on November 24th, 2018.

We encourage everyone to get out and support the small, locally owned, businesses in our community, then cap off the day with a family-oriented Christmas Celebration.

Activities will include the grand opening of the David Street Station ice skating rink, a Christmas tree lighting at David Street Station, and the Christmas parade.

The Casper Police Department has been working closely with these organizations to create a safe and family friendly environment for this celebration. As part of the collaboration a new Christmas Parade route has been established, which will begin at the David Street Station and end at 2nd and Beech. Arrangements have been made with businesses on the outlying edges of the downtown area for utilizing their parking lots throughout the day, and CATC and The Buss will be operating a special downtown bus route throughout the day to increase ease of use in the downtown area. A map detailing the public parking areas and special bus route is provided. Please take note that parking in all of these areas is at your own risk.

We encourage and invite everyone to utilize the established parking areas, as the parking on 2nd street and W. Yellowstone, between Poplar and Beech, will be closed beginning at 2:00 p.m. This measure has been implemented to increase the safety of pedestrians and children in the downtown area. Please see the attached parade route and parking closure map for more information.

Timetable of events:

10:00 a.m. – Most businesses are opened, “Christmas Walking Mall” begins. “The Bus” begins operating special downtown bus route.
12:00 p.m. – Grand Opening of David Street Station ice skating rink.
2:00 p.m. – Parade Route parking closes. All violators will be towed.
3:30 p.m. – Parade Route closes, pedestrian and “The Bus” traffic only on 2nd street.
5:00 p.m. – Christmas tree lighting at David Street Station.
5:15 p.m. – Christmas Parade begins, “The Bus” operations are suspended.
7:00 p.m. – Christmas Parade ends, “The Bus” operations begin again.
8:00 p.m. – “The Bus” stops running.
We look forward to sharing this day of fun and memories with all of you!