On Friday, Nov. 28, Olean officially kicks off the holiday season with its annual Santa Claus Lane Parade.

Officials from Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce (GOACC) have registered more than 30 units for the upcoming parade,a in which Santa Claus lights thousands of lights in downtown Olean.

2014 New York State Champions, Portville Lady Panthers Volleyball Team, will be this year’s official grand marshals, starting off the parade.

Pam Caldwell, GOACC’s official lights coordinator, stated, “We are fortunate that Santa will make his stop once again this year to the City of Olean and take part in the Santa Claus Lane Parade on Friday Nov. 28.  Our gratitude and appreciation also go to the City of Olean and Time Warner employees who have dedicated time and effort over the past 29 years to assist us in bringing joy and happiness to our residents and, more importantly, to our children.”

Paul Brown Motors  and Toys 4 Tots will be teaming up again this year to collect as many toys as possible. Last year’s Toys 4 Tots campaign helped over 2,000 children in the immediate area. Look for Paul Brown’s and the Toys 4 Tots pickup truck on East State Street, between Lincoln Park and the City building.

Back this year, local performer Dawn Elizabeth will sing a host of Christmas carols with the assistance of WPIG sound system near the four corners. The Bent Brass Ensemble will perform from 6:30 – 7:15 p.m. near Blue Bird Square.

The parade is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m., near Burger King on North Union Street in Olean.  The parade will travel south on Union, to just past Lincoln Park, where units will begin to disperse once they arrive at Henley Street.

For more information, call 716-372-4433 or email santa@oleanny.com.