Everyone loves a parade – floats, marching bands, dancers, and even candy throws! The holidays are the best time to enjoy parades in the DFW area because we go all out for parades. Make plans to attend one of these holiday parades near you and be sure to get there early for a good viewing spot!
Friday, November 25, 2011
Fort Worth Parade of Lights – The 29th annual Chesapeake Energy Parade of Lights presented by CHASE in downtown Fort Worth, Texas will be held November 25, 2011 at 6:00 pm. With over 100 highly illuminated entries, 500,000 lights and the brilliant Sundance Square Christmas Tree, the Parade of Lights will kick off the Holiday Season in style. From Belknap Street to Commerce Street, around 6th Street to Houston Street and up to Weatherford, the parade will transform downtown in its own “Christmas Delights!” theme. Street seats are available for free but reserved seating is recommended. For more information or to reserve your seats, please visit the Parade of Lights website.
Thursday, December 1, 2011
Grapevine Parade of Lights – December 1, 2011 at 7:00 pm. North Texas’ largest lighted Christmas parade, The Parade of Lights, will dazzle thousands of merrymakers with a captivating display of over 100 colorfully lighted floats, which pass through Historic Downtown Grapevine to the tunes of festive holiday music provided by numerous marching bands. The parade will take place on December 1 at 7:00 pm and will begin at Main St. and Hanover St. and heads north on Main St. to Wall St.
Saturday, December 3, 2011
Arlington Holiday Lights Parade– Bring your friends and family to the Downtown/University District to enjoy the Annual Holiday Lights Parade starting at 6:00 pm on December 4rd. Traditionally the parade starts 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 Mesquite. Handicap parking is available in the City lot behind Worthington National Bank. Thousands of people will gather for the pageantry which ends with the lighting of the Christmas tree on the steps of City Hall. Don’t forget to bring your camera and take a picture with Santa after the parade at the new Levitt Pavilion in Founders Plaza at 100 W. Abram St. For more information, please visit the Holiday Lights Parade website.
Dallas Children’s Medical Center Holiday Parade– The 24th annual Children’s Medical Center Holiday Parade presented by Capital One Bank and Pizza Hut Inc. will march through the streets of downtown Dallas December 3 at 10:00 am to raise money for the Child Life Department at Children’s. This year’s parade will feature spirited marching bands, magical holiday floats, larger-than-life balloons and more. The parade will begin at the corner of Field and Commerce Streets and proceed east on Commerce to Harwood Street. It will travel south on Harwood Street to Young Street, west on Young Street, south on Ervay, on through City Hall Plaza and finish on Akard Street. Multiple streets in downtown Dallas will close starting at 7 a.m. the morning of the parade. Please follow the directions below to get into downtown but be aware that you may need to park a few blocks away from the parade route. Many parking lots nearby charge $5 “$10 and the parking meters are $.25 for 30 minutes. The parade is free but tickets for reserved bleacher seating are available for purchase and the proceeds from these sales benefit their young patients. Sidewalk seating is available along the Parade route. For more information, please visit the Children’s Medical Center Holiday Parade website.
Grapevine Twinkle Lights Boat Parade – Lights, lights and more lights will sparkle during the Twinkle Light Parade on Lake Grapevine, Saturday, December 3rd from 6:00 – 9:00 pm . This lighted boat parade begins at Scott’s Landing and ends at Little Pete’s. It’s a floating festival of lights on Lake Grapevine with a parade of boats decorated in their holiday finest! For additional information or questions, please call Scott’s Landing at (817) 481-4549 or visit the Grapevine Texas website.
Lewisville Christmas Parade – The 2011 Sam Pack’s Ford Country Christmas Parade will go through the heart of Old Town Lewisville on Saturday, December 3, 2011. The parade will begin at 12:30 pm. Past parade entries have included local favorites such as Lewisville High School band and drill team, local dance and martial arts academies, businesses, civic organizations, school groups, Scouts, equestrians, decorated vehicles, parade floats, and more. Parade applications are available at the City of Lewisville website.
Lewisville Motorcycle Toy Run – The 13th annual Motorcycle Toy Run will open registration at 9 a.m. and participants will leave Old Town at 11:15 a.m. for a parade through Lewisville. Riders will return to Old Town after completing the course. Spector's Gun Collection, fresh off a well-received Sounds of Lewisville concert in October, will perform before and after the run on an outdoor stage at the corner of Charles and Main. Entry fee to be in the parade is one new unwrapped toy (minimum $10 value) to be donated to Denton County Foster Parents Association, Denton County Child Protective Services and Children's Advocacy Center for Denton County. More than 1,000 toys were collected last year. Pre-registration is available at Frederick P. Herring Recreation Center, 191 Civic Circle, or Memorial Park Recreation Center, 1950-B S. Valley Parkway. The first 200 registrants will receive a 2011 Motorcycle Toy Run pin. Registration includes lunch after the run, provided by Hooter's. For more information about the parade route, please visit the Motorcycle Toy Run webpage or call 972-219-3560.
Rockwall – Rockwall's 41st Annual Christmas Parade is being held on December the 3rd at 9:00 on the old downtown square behind the Rockwall County Court House. This year's theme is My Favorite Christmas Movie . Christmas Market will begin on the square at 10 am. To register to be in the parade, please complete the Parade Registration form. For more information, please visit the Rockwall County Kiwanis website or call 972-722-6001.
Waxahachie Christmas Parade – This year’s Christmas Parade will will hit the streets of Downtown Waxahachie at 10 am. The theme this year is “Silver Bells ¦it’s Christmas Time in the City.” You won’t want to miss the excitement as Santa and his friends celebrate the season. The parade starts on N. College St at what used to be the College Street Church of Christ. It comes down College to Main St. and makes a right turn on to Main at the Ellis County Courthouse. For more information, please visit the Waxahachie Chamber of Commerce website.
Saturday, December 10, 2011
Flower Mound Christmas Parade – Join Flower Mound for the 22nd Annual Christmas Parade. Decorated floats will parade down Morriss Road as the Town celebrates the holiday season with candy, music, and costumes. The parade starts at Eaton Drive at 10:00 am and goes to Marcus High School, 5707 Morriss Road in Flower Mound. For more information, please call 972-874-6276. To participate in the Parade, please complete and return the 2011 Christmas Parade Application.
Fort Worth Christmas in the Stockyards Holiday Parade – Have some cowboy fun at the Stockyards Holiday parade starting at 4:00 at Billy Bob’s. The parade will go down Exchange and Ellis and back to Billy Bob’s. For more information about the parade and other holiday events going on in the Stockyards this day, please visit the Christmas in the Stockyards website.
Plano – The 39th Annual Plano Children’s Christmas Parade will take place at 9:00 am on Saturday, December 10, 2011 and is presented by the Plano Early Lions Club. The parade route starts on Independence Parkway at Vines High School going north to Parkhaven Dr, ending at Plano Senior High School (Park). For more information or to register to be in the parade, please visit the Plano Children’s Christmas Parade website. You can also follow Plano Children’s Christmas Parade on Facebook.
Enjoy the holiday season at a festive parade in your area. Please leave a comment if we’ve left any other great parades off the list.