Experience the excitement of the Holiday season at the 36th Annual Christmas Festival and Parade of Lights where the young and the young at heart return year after year to feel the warmth of Christmas in small town America! Nestled in the heart of Monroe County, the festival brings back childhood memories and creates new traditions that inspire your holiday cheer for decades.
Hosting over 52,000 visitors, and known as a family destination of the Midwest, the festival creates a winter wonderland known for its hospitality, entertainment and the Granddaddy of all, the spectacular Christmas in Ida Parade of Lights featuring parade units from Indiana, Missouri, Ohio, Wisconsin, Canada and Michigan. Be sure to check in with us on Facebook!
The Christmas in Ida Festival was founded in 1982 by the Ida Civic Club and sponsored by local area service organizations and businesses to share the holiday cheer from small town America. From a small craft show, children's lunch with Santa, and a three-unit parade the festival has become a family tradition and Midwest destination where over 52,000 visitors attend the weekend event.
Throughout the years, the festival expanded to include Monroe County's largest indoor craft show located at the Ida Public Schools and Prince of Peace Lutheran Church Hall, and in heated tents in the downtown district where over 150 craft enthusiasts and vendors offer many opportunities for gifts of the season.