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The annual event, sponsored by the Robin Hood Festival Association, includes a parade and tree-lighting.

PMG FILE PHOTO - Once again, Santa and his helpers will be part of the annual Robin Hood Holiday Festival, set this year for Dec. 3The Robin Hood Festival Association's Holiday Festival and Tree Lighting returns this year, set for Dec. 3.

The event kicks off at 4 p.m. with the with an annual parade filled with bands, floats and more.

It begins at the intersection of Southwest Sherwood Boulevard and 12th Street.

Those interested in being in the parade must register at 3:15 p.m. on 12th Street by the entrance to the Kohl's parking lot.

Once the parade reaches Old Town, holiday music will welcome attendees as will free hotdogs, cookies, coffee and hot chocolate. Several local choirs will be at the Cannery Square Plaza. Sherwood Mayor Keith Mays will lead the countdown to the tree lighting.

Afterwards, the Santa tent will open for children to meet the Jolly Old Elf and share their wish lists with him. Children will receive a Santa bag filled with goodies as well.

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