Get to Know: The Downingtown Christmas Parade

Dianne Plaugher is Co-Chair of the Downingtown Good Neighbor Christmas Inc., along with her husband Steve Plaugher. Each year, the tree lighting and parade brings our community together along Lancaster Avenue, while families and neighbors cheer on the floats. A group of 12 volunteers coordinates the event throughout the year and addition help is brought in for coordinating the dozens of floats and community groups that paritipate in the parade. We asked Diane a few questions about the tradition, here’s what she had to say:

Explain what your non-profit does in the community:

Downingtown Good Neighbor Christmas Inc. provides a Christmas Tree and Tree Lighting Ceremony for the community followed by a wonderful Christmas Parade.

How many years has the Downingtown Christmas Parade been happening?

Steve and I have been involved since at least 2002.

Explain how far in advance you begin planning the event:

We meet once a month the entire year. More meetings are added as we get close to the event date.

What types of traditions can someone expect to see during the parade?

Plenty of bands, community groups and Santa and Mrs. Claus.

What’s the best part about volunteering for the Downingtown Christmas Parade?

Knowing that you are helping to put on a quality Christmas Parade for the community to enjoy.

What’s your favorite memory of the parade?

Each year is different - the best part of each year is riding behind Santa’s float, being able to see the amount of happy faces that line the streets of Downingtown enjoying the parade.

Where can you find the best pizza in the borough?

Anthony’s Cucina Fresca

How can people get involved?

We need volunteers! Contact Diane at for details. 

They’re also holding a “Nite at the Races“ fundraiser on Saturday, May 20 at St. Anthony’s Lodge - get the details, here

Decked Out Downingtown Holiday Contest

Do you have the best holiday decor in town? Send us a photo* of your decked out storefront by Thursday, December 8 to compete for “Community Choice” and “Board of Directors Choice” recognition! The winner will receive a feature on the DMSA blog, Facebook page, Instagram & a mentioned in a press release to local publications.

*Send your photos to or send it to us in a message on Facebook.

Participating business must be within the Downingtown Borough. Holiday decor must be visible from the street. All photographs due by 12/8/16. Voting will take place between 12/10 and 12/16 on the DMSA Facebook page. The winners will be announced on 12/19/16.

Summer Jam Series : Friday, August 26

Final Fridays of August from 6 PM 10PM at the Gazebo in Kerr Park

It’s our final Summer Jam Series of the summer! Last month the music festival brought hundreds of families, friends and neighbors to the heart of Downingtown on the final Friday during the summer months. This year we’ll still feature a unique selection of local musicians, food and crafts along with the addition of a beer garden all in a new location in the lush greens of Kerr Park food. Presented by the Downingtown Main Street Association and Kimberton Whole Foods, this community event is the perfect start to a summer weekend. Visit us at Kerr Park, in the lawns by the Gazebo and check out unique craft vendors, as well as a variety of tasty options including The Happy Pita, Mompops Artisan Popsicles, St. Anthony’s Restaurant and a beer garden hosted by Station Taproom with cocktails served by Manatawny Still Works!