Freeman Health System and City of Joplin Announce Christmas Parade Theme

(Joplin, MO) – For the eighth year in a row, Freeman Health System will manage the Joplin Christmas Parade. This includes a donation of countless man-hours to organize and orchestrate the event.

In a press conference held Tuesday, October 18, at Joplin City Hall, Doug Lawson, City of Joplin Mayor, presented a 2022 Joplin Christmas Parade permit to Paula F. Baker, Freeman President and Chief Executive Officer.

This year’s theme of “Christmas in Candy-Land” was also announced and the emblem unveiled. Parade entrants are encouraged to decorate their floats to match the theme.

Funds generated by the 2022 Joplin Christmas Parade will go to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals®, which provides assistance to children from birth to 21 years of age in a 14-county area in Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma. All money raised stays local, helping children with medical needs and their families. Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals helps furnish and maintain Freeman Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, provides funding for local community organizations’ pediatric needs and provides pediatric emergency equipment for area agencies.

The parade will take place at 6:00 pm Tuesday, December 6, with a route starting at 15th and Main Street and running north to Second Street.

Freeman is seeking entries for the big event. Entry fees are $50 for for-profit organizations and $15 for non-profit organizations, while schools and bands are free. Spaces are limited, and the last day to register is November 25. You can register online at

For more information about placing an entry in the 2022 Joplin Christmas Parade, call Sally Currence, Freeman Special Events Coordinator, at 417.347.4624 or email


Liz Syer, Director of Marketing
Freeman Health System

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