The evening starts with a lighted parade of approximately 40 boats decorated for the season, which circle between the Walnut Street Bridge and Olgiati Bridge. During the parade, spirits are warmed with holiday music on the stage, holiday craft vendors, food and drink concessions and a live Nativity scene. Following the boat parade, the Grand Illumination commences with lively custom-designed, fully choreographed performances by the Choo Choo Kids and the Lindsay Fussell Dancers. Upon his dramatic arrival, Santa sings and dazzles audiences with flying comets and signals the illumination of 130+ downtown buildings, bridges and parks for the winter season. A glittering fireworks finale brings the event to a colorful conclusion.