10th Annual Defiance Christmas Festival and Parade Dec. 7

The Defiance Merchants Association will host its 10th Annual Christmas/Pet Parade and Christmas Festival on Saturday, December 7, 2019.  As this is also Pearl Harbor Day, there will be a heavy military presence in the parade and throughout town as we celebrate & honor our military – both past and present. 

The festival will kick off with the Dashing Through Defiance 5K Run/Walk at 9am.  $100 prizes (sponsored by the following businesses) will be awarded to first place finishers for women under 25 (Sunflower Hill Farm), women 25 & over (Trish’s Dish’s), men under 25 (Homestead of Defiance) & men 25 & over (Defiance Roadhouse).  Additional run sponsors are People’s Savings Bank & Victoria Homes Realty.

From 8:30am-10:30am there will be a breakfast buffet at Defiance Roadhouse.

The parade begins at noon at Defiance Ridge Vineyards, and will proceed West along Highway 94, ending at Defiance Road & Hwy 94.  The parade Emcee will be John Pertzborn of Fox2News at the Defiance Roadhouse.  Grand Marshall will be “Mayor” John Lacy.  Also being honored in our parade will be WWII veteran Wayne Surgeon, yeoman second class USN, USS Tennessee BB-43.

In the parade, $100 prizes (sponsored by the following businesses) will be awarded for: Best Car (Distillery of Defiance), Best Float (Robin’s Nest on the Katy Trail), Best ATV/UTV/Golf Cart-NEW CATEGORY  (Tom Shaw Realty), Best Dog (Tulane’s Closet), Best Dog/Owner Ensemble (Defiance Ridge Vineyards), Best Horse (Lake St. Louis Equestrian Center), Best Horse/Owner Ensemble (Alpaca Sock Company) and Best Social Media Pet-NEW CATEGORY (Good News Brewing).  There is a $5 donation for dogs/pets/horses to participate, and a $10 donation for cars, ATV/UTV & float participation.

All proceeds will go to the Focus Marines Foundation.

From 12:30pm-3pm there will be photos with Santa at Robin’s Nest on the Katy Trail. 

From 1pm-3pm, enjoy a traditional chili and soup dinner, and bake sale at St. Paul’s UCC.

From 11am-4pm the Wine Country Christmas Market will be at Robin’s Nest – featuring craft vendors plus wine, food, vodka, etc., and tastings from various Defiance businesses.

Throughout the day the merchants of the Defiance area invite you to join them for refreshments and/or special holiday activities.  For more information click here  or visit DefianceMO on Facebook for more details.

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Best float 2018 - Sunflower Hill Farms.