Palm Coast - Celebrate the holiday season with your family, friends and neighbors at the City of Palm Coast's Starlight Event & Parade on Saturday, Dec. 9, at Central Park in Town Center, 975 Central Ave., Palm Coast. Admission is free.

This year's Starlight Event & Parade is presented by Palm Coast Ford, and the Palm Coast Observer is also sponsoring the celebration.

The day kicks off with the pre-parade Starlight Event from 4 to 6:45 p.m. featuring live entertainment including music and games by DJ Vern; music by students from Old Kings Elementary School and the Flagler Palm Coast High School Formality Singers; and the VertiFit Aerial Arts Show (acrobatic performance from the ground).

There will be visits with Santa (bring your own camera for photos) and free children's activities to include Letters to Santa, a kid's coloring table, and a Christmas wish list station. A sand art craft will be available for a small fee. Parks & Recreation will offer an Expo with a tennis demonstration, a mini-nature/fitness walk around the lake, and a Teddy Bear Picnic story.

At 7 p.m., the Starlight Parade will get under way - featuring colorful lighted floats, talented marching bands, and prizes for the top entries. The parade route will begin near the Round-About on Central Avenue (near entrance to the Landings Apartments) and head east; turning north onto Park Street, east onto Lake Avenue, and south on City Place; then continuing south of Bulldog Drive. The commentators for the Starlight Parade will be Palm Coast Fire Chief Michael C. Beadle and his wife, DeeDee Beadle.

This year's parade grand marshals will be 1st Lt. Ray Parker, U.S. Army (Ret.) and his wife, Dr. Claudia Parker, Commander of the DAV Auxiliary Unit 86, Flagler County. In Vietnam and Cambodia with the 199th Light Infantry Brigade, Ray Parker led U.S. and Army of the Republic of Vietnam ground infantry platoons in aggressive combat. He earned a Silver Star Medal for Valor under enemy fire and two bronze stars. The Parkers are active in various military associations and are well-known in our community as advocates for veterans.

The pre-parade entertainment - to be offered at the main stage at Central Park - is as follows:

  • 4 p.m. - DJ Vern kicks off the Starlight Event
  • 4-4:30 p.m. - Performance by Old Kings Elementary
  • 4:15 p.m. - Santa arrives; visits 4:15-6:30 p.m. (Parents should bring their own cameras for photos.)
  • 4:30-5:15 p.m. - DJ games and music
  • 5:15-5:45 p.m. - Performance by the FPC Formality Singers
  • 6-6:30 p.m. - VertiFit Aerial Arts Show

Bring your own camera for photos with Santa. A variety of food and treats will be available for purchase. Live entertainment is free. Some of the children's activities are free of charge, while others have a ticket price. The Starlight Event will wrap up at 6:45 p.m. to give everyone a chance to get into place for the start of the annual Starlight Parade.

For more information, visit or contact the Palm Coast Parks and Recreation Department at 386-986-2323.