The annual Christmas on the Plaza and Electric Light Parade, hosted by the Pacific Partnership, will take place Saturday evening, Dec. 9, in Downtown Pacific.

Drew Stotler is event chair.

As of Thursday, 12 lighted floats have signed up to participate in the parade, which will begin at 6 p.m. There is still time to enter.

The parade will start at Meramec Valley Middle School and proceed east on Union Street to Sixth, south to St. Louis Street and back to the school.

Anyone participating in the parade is asked to be at the middle school no later than 5:30 p.m.

One of the highlights of the parade is a special float carrying Santa Claus to the Pacific Station Plaza, 200 S. First St., where a range of winter and holiday activities will kick off the Christmas season.

Santa and his elves will be on stage to hear wish lists, pose for photos and hand out candy canes.

Show Me Reindeer will be there with a pair of Santa’s reindeer.

There also will be games in the pavilion, hot chocolate and a bake sale to help raise money for St. Bridget School. Additionally, there will be a bonfire and a visit from the Dream Time Princess characters.

All ages are welcome to the outdoor event, but Plaza activities focus on children, according to Stotler.

“We try to assemble the traditional Christmas activities and refreshments that kids and families would like,” Stotler said. “We’re hoping for a big turnout.”