CHEYENNE - Kick off the holiday season with the Cheyenne Christmas Parade presented by WyHy, starting at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 24 in the downtown area. The 22nd annual Cheyenne Christmas Parade will feature over 100 brightly illuminated floats, horse drawn wagons, bands, clowns, antique autos, and colorful marching groups. Please bring new, unwrapped toys to the Cheyenne Christmas parade and donate them to the Toys for Tots program. Visit www.cheyennechristmasparade.com for details.

Immediately following the parade, Santa Claus, along with a representative from WyHy and Mayor Rick Kaysen, will light the 25-foot live Christmas Tree during a short ceremony in the Depot Plaza. Santa will then visit with children in the warmth of the Depot Building.

The parade starts right at 5:30 p.m. at 17th Street and Carey Avenue. It marches north on Carey to 24th Street, then turns right to Capitol Avenue. The parade makes another right on Capitol and heads back down to 16th street. It makes another right on 16th, and ends at Pioneer Avenue.

Shoppers have two opportunities to pursue holiday craft shows. Before the parade, shoppers should head to the Christmas Parade Craft Show at the Laramie County Library, 2200 Pioneer. On Friday, the show will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Saturday it will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The depot also boasts the Holiday Mart, featuring unique, one-of-a-kind gifts available from craftspeople and artisans from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday. Santa Claus will be available before and after the parade to visit with children.

The parade will be televised exclusively on CBS 5. Among the many sponsors are Sierra Trading Post, High Country Motor Sports and Cheyenne Medical Specialists.