Berlin Christmas Parade cancelled, other annual events modified

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Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Town of Berlin has made several changes to this year’s event schedule.

This year’s Oktoberfest will be a “Celebration of Oktoberfest in Berlin Day”, held Saturday, October 17th, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Many of the downtown eateries will feature outdoor tents with traditional Oktoberfest fare. There will also be local beer and cider. No parking will be allowed on Main and the side streets, but roads downtown will remain open. Traditional Oktoberfest music will be offered by Ocean98 DJ Big Al Reno, and the Berlin Fall Sidewalk Sale will also take place that day.

There will be no formal tree lighting ceremony, however the Berlin Christmas Tree will be illuminated during the Berlin Christmas Tree & Holiday Shopping Night on Friday, November 27th, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Shops will stay open late, and Santa will be there offering carriage rides. Local non-profits will have food and hot chocolate.

The 2020 Berlin Christmas Parade has been cancelled. In addition, the New Year’s Eve Ball Drop on Main Street has been cancelled. We’re told an alternative plan is currently being considered and a decision will be made in October.

Courtesy: WMDT