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.

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!

General Schedule

ENTERTAINMENT 2:00-6:00 PM
REINDEER GAMES 2:00-5:00 PM
PARADE 6:00-7:00 PM
TREE LIGHTING 7:00-7:15 PM
PICTURES WITH SANTA 7:15-8:00 PM
MOVIE SCREENING OF “ELF” – 7:15 PM

Entertainment Schedule

2:00 PM – Plato’s Theory
3:00 PM – Arlington Master Chorale
4:00 PM – Miss Persis Studio of Performing Arts/Dance “The Elf Show”

Kids Activities

REINDEER GAMES – 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
PICTURE WITH SANTA – 7:15 – 8:00 PM
Don’t forget to bring your camera and take a picture with Santa after the parade at the Levitt Pavilion in Founders Plaza at 100 W. Abram St.
MOVIE SCREENING OF “ELF” – 7:15 PM

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!

Schedule

  • 2pm - 5pm Reinder Games

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

  • 2pm - 6pm Parade Day Entertainment

    The celebrations start at 2 p.m. in Founders Plaza with music, food and vendors!

  • 6pm - 7pm Holiday Lights 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 50-foot blue spruce.

  • 7:15pm - 8:30pm Pictures with Santa

    Following the Tree Lighting, bring your camera and take a picture with Santa after the parade at the Levitt Pavilion in Founders Plaza.

  • 7:15pm Movie Screening of ``Elf``

    (Comedy – 2003) After inadvertently wreaking havoc on the elf community due to his ungainly size, a man raised as an elf at the North Pole is sent to the U.S. in search of his true identity.

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!

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.
  • 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

General Schedule

ENTERTAINMENT 2:00-6:00 PM REINDEER GAMES 2:00-5:00 PM PARADE 6:00-7:00 PM TREE LIGHTING 7:00-7:15 PM PICTURES WITH SANTA 7:15-8:00 PM MOVIE SCREENING OF “ELF” – 7:15 PM

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Entertainment Schedule

2:00 PM – Plato’s Theory 3:00 PM – Arlington Master Chorale 4:00 PM – Miss Persis Studio of Performing Arts/Dance “The Elf Show”

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Kids Activities

REINDEER GAMES – 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM PICTURE WITH SANTA – 7:15 – 8:00 PM Don’t forget to bring your camera and take a picture with Santa after the parade at the Levitt Pavilion in Founders Plaza at 100 W. Abram St. MOVIE SCREENING OF “ELF” – 7:15 PM

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