Santa

Santa Claus waves to children during the Christmas parade in downtown South Boston Saturday evening.

Visions of sugar plums came to life as hundreds of county residents stepped into Candy Land during downtown South Boston’s Christmas parade as they waited to see the jolly old elf, Santa.

Little theatre’s Frozen Jr. characters led the parade with Olaf and Sven as grand marshal parade banner carriers and were followed by Elsa, Anna, Kristoph, Han and Wessleton.

Parade goers had a record-number 25 floats to witness, four marching bands including the Halifax County High School Blue Comets, antique cars, dogs, equestrian entries and more.

Taking home first place in the church floats was The Worship Center followed by Berry Hill Baptist Church in second and County Line Baptist Church winning third.

Winning non-profit floats were Virginia Squires Baseball taking first place, Halifax County Middle School Future Farmers of America securing second place and PATHS in third place.

Cub Scout Pack 496 also won honorable mention as non-profit float winners.

Business floats that won included Rice Tractor claiming first place and Head Over Heals Tumble and Cheer taking second place.

Raymond Conner took home the award for best antique car for his 1931 Ford pickup, and Diane Brown with Shih Tzu Bosco won the best dog award.

Emily Smith riding Romeo won for having the best equestrian entry.

The Worship Center also won best musical presentation, while the middle school FFA took home most creative use of lights.

Rice Tractor also won for having the best themed entry.