WAIMEA, HAWAII - It really is starting to look like Christmas on the Big Island.

More than 12,000 people turned-out for the 58th annual Waimea Christmas Twilight Parade and Star Party.

Schools, organizations, and local businesses all lit up the parade route.

This years theme reflected Big Island teachers -- considered the "guiding stars at Christmas and always."

"I think it's super important for organizations to have events like this because it's so great to have them open their doors, so everyday people like me can come in and see what the organizations all about, or just learn about astronomy in general. I really like that," said spectator Katie Pawelski.

To wrap up the parade, spectators flowed right into the Canada-France-Hawai'i Telescope headquarters, and were treated to a night of stargazing and hot chocolate.