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2019 Arlington Holiday Lights Parade Map

Traditionally the parade has started at the corner of Main and Center Streets. The parade travels West on Main Street, South on West Street, East on Abram Street and ends at the corner of Abram and East Street. With the changes to downtown, the route has changed every year for the past five years. The most recently approved route is posted here.

Handicap parking is available in the lot at South Street and Oak Street.

*The 2020 Route will be posted as soon as it is finalized.

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About the Parade

The 2020 Arlington Holiday Lights Parade will brighten Downtown Saturday, December 12!

Bring your friends and family to the Downtown/University District to enjoy the Annual Holiday Lights Parade. Thousands of people will gather for the pageantry which is followed by the lighting of the Christmas tree.

Don’t forget to bring your camera and take a picture with Santa before the parade at the Library at 100 S Center Street or after the tree lighting at the Levitt at 100 W Abram Street.

Parade will continue as planned rain, snow, or shine …but not ice!

2020 General Schedule

  • SANTA 2:00-5:00 PM
  • REINDEER GAMES 2:00-6:00 PM
  • ENTERTAINMENT 3:00-6:00 PM
  • PARADE 6:00 PM
  • TREE LIGHTING 7:00-7:15* PM
  • SANTA 7:30*-8:30 PM
  • MOVIE 7:30* PM

*Times are approximate depending on when the parade ends.

2019 Entertainment Schedule

  • 3:00 PM AHS Jazz Band
  • 3:35 PM Goodtimes Chorus
  • 4:15 PM Miss Persis Elf Show
  • 5:00 PM SHHS Orchestra
  • 5:35 PM SHHS Mariachi Band

*The 2020 Entertainment Schedule will be posted as soon as it is finalized.

2020 Kids Activities

  • PICTURE WITH SANTA – 2:00 – 5:00 PM
    Don’t forget to bring your camera and take a picture with Santa before the parade at the Library at 100 S Center Street.
  • REINDEER GAMES IN THE LIBRARY AND CITY CENTER PLAZA – 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM
  • PICTURE WITH SANTA – 7:30* – 8:30 PM
    Don’t forget to bring your camera and take a picture with Santa after the tree lighting at the Levitt at 100 W Abram Street.
  • MOVIE – 7:30* – 8:30 PM
    Join us on the Saxe-Brock Great Lawn after the tree lighting at the Levitt Pavillion at 100 W Abram Street.

*Times are approximate depending on when the parade ends.

Note that all times are approximate and subject to change at any time. Please visit our web site on the day of the event and follow us on Social Media sites for the latest and most up-to-date information!

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Schedule

  • 2pm - 6pm Reindeer Games

    The celebrations start at 2 p.m. at the Library with children’s games!

  • 2pm - 5pm Pictures with Santa

    Bring your camera and take a picture with Santa before the parade at the Library at 100 S Center Street.

  • 3pm - 6pm Entertainment

    The celebrations start at 3 p.m. in Founders Plaza with music, food, and vendors!

    The 2019 Entertainment Schedule was:

    • 3:00 PM AHS Jazz Band
    • 3:35 PM Goodtimes Chorus
    • 4:15 PM Miss Persis Elf Show
    • 5:00 PM SHHS Orchestra
    • 5:35 PM SHHS Mariachi Band

  • 6pm Parade
  • 7pm - 7:15pm* Tree Lighting

    At the conclusion of the parade, Mayor Jeff Williams has flip-the-switch honors, along with Santa Claus, to the Christmas Tree, a spectacular 65-foot tree graciously underwritten by Arlington Tomorrow Foundation.

  • 7:30*pm - 8:30pm Pictures with Santa

    Bring your camera and take a picture with Santa after the tree lighting at the Levitt at 100 W Abram Street.

  • 7:30*pm Movie

    Join us on the Saxe-Brock Great Lawn after the tree lighting at the Levitt Pavillion at 100 W Abram Street. 

Note that all times are approximate and subject to change at any time. Please visit our web site on the day of the event and follow us on Social Media sites for the latest and most up-to-date information!

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Parade Rules & Regulations

All parade entries must complete an Entry application and description of entry form. Entry applications and description of entry forms must be received or postmarked by application deadline (see application).


Because Santa will be on a special float in the parade, all entries are restricted from having a live Santa.


All parade entries are limited to 13 feet in height.


All floats, vehicles, persons walking and animals must have a display of lights. Entries must have a minimum of 100 lights total.


Fire proof or fire-resistant materials should be used whenever possible.


A fire extinguisher, Type ABC, must be on every float and in every car.


Vehicles participating in the parade must be in good running order and be able to idle for periods of time without overheating.


Vehicles are strongly urged to show up with a full tank of gas or have a gas tank in the vehicle for refueling.


Absolutely no candy or any other enticements will be thrown or distributed from any entry. Anyone violating this rule will be removed from the parade immediately!


Each float must be escorted down the entire parade route by two entry marshals (walkers) one on each side of the float.


Any unit with children under the age of 12 must have two adults on the unit and one adult walking on each side.

Vehicles not in the parade will not be allowed in the staging area due to limited space.


Due to safety concerns, the parade committee suggests that children under 8 years of age not walk in the parade. They may ride on floats, vehicles or bikes under adult supervision.


Holiday attire is encouraged.


Following the parade, the pictures with Santa location will be announced at the tree lighting ceremony. We invite the public to bring their cameras.


Signage for parade entries and/or parade vehicles is the responsibility of the parade entry.


Vehicles need to turn off vehicle headlights while on parade route in order to showcase the Holiday lights on the parade entry.


Alcohol is strictly prohibited.


Float Building 101 – Need help getting started Click here for some float building tips.


We have the right to refuse an inappropriate entry.


Parade application fees are nonrefundable.

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Volunteer

Are you or your organization interested in volunteering for the parade?

Please contact info@holidaylightsparade.com

Thank you for your interest!

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Contact Information

ARLINGTON CHRISTMAS PARADE INC.
P.O. BOX 725
ARLINGTON, TX 76004

info@holidaylightsparade.com

Fax: 817-533-3424

The Arlington Holiday Lights Parade is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization (listed as Arlington Christmas Parade, Inc.)

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