Santa Claus came to town for the annual Wausau Holiday Parade. It was an event that attracted thousands of people.
The parade started at Marathon Park and ended on the 400 Block Downtown with the official lighting of the tree. But many Wausau residents say this was their first time experiencing this holiday tradition.
From floats, to trucks, and a lot of bright decorations, Downtown Wausau rang in the holidays.
"It's actually more exciting than I imagined, there's so many more vehicles and stuff here and so it's just awesome," said Nathan Waller, owner of R&N Lawn Service and Landscaping.
The parade is a yearly tradition. But Nathan Waller, the owner of R&N Lawn Service and Landscaping in Wausau says he's never attended it before.
"This is our first year attending the parade," said Waller.
But he's not the only one.
"This is actually my first year," said Ariana Vendetti.
"This is our first time," said Jennifer Reifschneider.
So what attracted this group of first timers to this year's parade?
"Well this is just awesome, there are lines everywhere of people getting ready to go," said Waller.
"Seeing all of the lights their beautiful, it's cold out here though," said Vendetti.
Despite the cold temperatures many came out to watch. The parade included a visit from Santa Claus who lit up the tree on the 400 block.
These people say the parade and tree lighting is one way to get into the holiday spirit. So now for them, a first time event will become a tradition.
Members of the Newline 9 team walked the parade with a number of other businesses in efforts to get into the holiday spirit.