2018 Santa Claus Lane Parade

Friday, November 23, 2018


Chamber Announces Parade Winners


Sixty-two units and more than 1,215 adults and children took part in the 33rd Annual Santa Claus Lane Parade held Friday, November 24 in downtown Olean. Paula Snyder, Jamestown Community College; Max Bullers, Home Depot of Olean, and Linda Letts, Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham did judging for this season’s parade.  More than 2,200 people watched the parade go down both sides of the street.

The Blitzen Award, sponsored by Times Herald was awarded to Limestone Fire Department as the most photogenic float or unit; The Seasons Greetings Award, sponsored by Miller’s Farm Market was awarded to Olean Area Federal Credit Union to the best newcomer to the parade; The Rudolph Award, sponsored by National Grid Co., was awarded to Bolivar Fire Department for the float with the most or best use of lights; The Snowflake Award, sponsored by the Street Classics Car Club was awarded to YMCA After School Program for the unit with the most participants in the parade; Angelic Spirit Award, sponsored by Mandy’s Flowers, was awarded to CrossTown Alliance Church as the most spiritual/religious float or unit.  The Elves Award, sponsored by Owl Home Groups, was awarded to Barkz for to the float or unit that best typifies the holiday through the eyes of a child; Jingle Bells Award, sponsored by Microtel Inn of Olean, was awarded to Dance Arts of Olean, the best theatrical (music/dance) float or unit; and The Sleigh Award, presented by The Bantelman Agency, was awarded to Yorkshire Fire Department as the most decorated larger truck (fire truck, flatbed, utility vehicles, etc.)

“The embellishments of the 3 snowflakes, 4 reindeer, the new arches and the panel holiday tree in the main roundabout were a GREAT ADDITION to Santa Claus Lane.  The weather was a little crisp and cold, and loads of people came out to the parade. The greater Olean area is a well-diversified community and as such, people from all walks of life and religion attended the parade to celebrate the gifts and graces of the holiday seasons.  It is truly a night when the community comes together,” stated Meme Krahe Yanetsko, GOACC COO.

GOACC is also encouraging organizations to participate in the Portville Holiday Celebration AND the Allegany Holiday Celebration scheduled for tomorrow, Saturday, November 24 at dusk.  For more information, call Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce at 716-372-4433 or email


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