Christmas is a magical time throughout California! Every year, communities gather with their family and friends. Please see our list below of parades being held throughout the Golden State.
Don’t see your favorite holiday parade on this list? Let us know about it in the comments!
Holiday Parades in Northern California
Holiday Parades in Alameda County
Holiday Tree Lighting and Community Parade
Emeryville, California | Friday, December 7, 2018 • 5:30 pm Parade
Parade Route: Begins at ECDC and ends at Park Avenue & Haven Street
Grab a seat on the curb and enjoy the parade! After the parade head down to City Hall and enjoy, entertainment, Tree Lighting and Santa.
Niles District’s Annual Festival of Lights Tree Lighting and Parade
Fremont, California | Friday, November 23, 2018 • 6:00 pm Tree Lighting Ceremony • 6:30 pm Parade kicks off!
The annual parade and festivities are held on the Friday after the Thanksgiving Holiday and is preceded by the Niles Tree Lighting. This holiday celebration draws more than 15,000 spectators to watch over 60 entries from throughout the Bay Area. Entries include; marching bands, creative floats, dance and drill teams, equestrians and special guest celebrities.
Hometown Holiday Celebration
Pleasanton, California | Saturday, December 1, 2018
5:00 pm Parade
Main Street, Pleasanton
Pleasanton celebrates the season with the annual Holiday Parade & Tree Lighting with floats, marching bands, community groups and more as the hometown tradition marches down Main Street. After the parade, the mayor will light the tree, there will be musical entertainment and an appearance by Santa.
Holiday Parades in Contra Costa County
Celebrate Antioch Holiday Delites Parade
Antioch, California | Saturday, December 1, 2018 • 4:30 pm
Celebrate Antioch Foundation kicks off the holiday season with a Holiday Parade & Tree Lighting. After the hometown traditional parade, celebrate with the tree lighting and holiday boat parade.
35th Annual Holiday Parade – Presented by the Brentwood Chamber of Commerce
Brentwood, California | Saturday, November 17, 2018 • 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Parade Route: First, Oak, & Maple Streets, Brentwood
The Brentwood Chamber of Commerce invites you to share the tradition by bringing your family and friends to this FREE holiday event in Downtown Brentwood!
Walnut Creek Holiday Parade of Lights
Walnut Creek, California | Thursday, November 29, 2018 • 6:00 PM to 9:00PM
Music and festivity will fill Broadway Plaza with the return of a holiday tradition – The Parade of Lights, Retailer Open House & Community Tree Lighting! Fun and entertainment the whole family will enjoy. Plus, following the parade down Broadway Plaza Street, Santa Claus will light the center’s promenade Christmas Tree!
Holiday Parades in Marin County
The San Rafael 39th Annual Parade of Lights and Winter Wonderland
San Rafael, California | Friday, November 23, 2018 & Saturday, November 24, 2018
Friday, November 23, 2018
Snow Sledding Noon to 4:30 PM & 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Marketplace Noon to 8:00 PM
Parade of Lights & Downtown Tree Lighting Ceremony at 5:30 PM
Fourth Street ~ B Street to Lootens San Rafael, CA
Saturday, November 24, 2018
Snow & Kids’ activities 9:00 AM to Noon
A Street ~ Fourth to Fifth
RAIN OR SHINE!*
* In case of rain, snow activities may be suspended if the snow sledding is a public safety issue.
Holiday Parades in Central California
Holiday Parades in Santa Barbara County
66th Annual Downtown Santa Barbara Holiday Parade
Santa Barbara, California | Friday, December 7, 2018 • 6:30 pm
Parade Theme: “Santa Barbara Shines”
Parade Grand Marshal: Six Heroic Rescue Dogs of Santa Barbara County Search and Rescue (SBCSAR)
Parade Route: State Street, from Sola to Cota
Celebrate the Colors of the Season via the many traditions, holidays, and colors of the Winter season. Inspired by vibrant colors, kaleidoscopes, rainbows, and anything festively neon or colorful! Share your pictures with their official hashtag #DSBHolidayParade.
Santa Maria Christmas Parade of Lights
Santa Maria, California | Saturday, December 1, 2018 • 6:30 pm
Parade Route: Check the parade route here.
This parade is a lovely event focused on the holidays and spirit of giving.
Holiday Parades in Southern California
Holiday Parades in Los Angeles County
36th Annual Belmont Shore Christmas Parade
Belmont Shores, California | Saturday, December 1, 2018 • 6:00 PM to 9:00PM
Theme: “Parade of Lights”
2018 Grand Marshal – Long Beach State Mens Volleyball Champions
The Belmont Shore Christmas Parade will march down East Second Street to the beat of over a dozen local marching bands. Featuring over 100 entries, including floats designed by Long Beach businesses and associations, marching bands, and local personalities and dignitaries. And of course, no Christmas Parade would be complete without an appearance by good ole’ St. Nick!
The Hollywood Christmas Parade
Hollywood, California | Sunday, November 25, 2018 • 5:00 am
2018 Grand Marshal – Nancy O’Dell
Parade Route: Starting at Hollywood & Orange Drive. The u-shaped parade route will travel east to Vine Street, south on Vine Street to Sunset Blvd., & west on Sunset Boulevard, back to Orange Drive.
A true Hollywood yearly tradition, the parade attracts more than one million in attendance each year, with larger than life inflatable character ballooncelebrity-filledfilled cars making the much heralded trek down the over three mile parade route.
42nd Annual Montrose Christmas Parade
Glendale, California | Saturday, December 1, 2018 • 6:00 pm
Parade Route: Begins at Honolulu Ave & Rosemont Avenue and runs east to Verdugo Rd. The center of the parade and the entire Montrose area is the intersection of Honolulu Ave & Ocean View Blvd.
Looking for something fun for the kids before the parade starts, check out Montrose! We invite you to come early …do some shopping, enjoy one of our fine restaurants, and get a good spot on the parade route! Very much a family-focused parade, more than 150 community service and youth groups, drill teams and bands from the surrounding cities participate in the parade each year. We have the unique honor of a fly-by with Santa Claus in one of Glendale’s finest Police helicopters.
Tournament of Roses Parade
Pasadena, California | Monday, January 1, 2019 • 8:00 am
Theme: “The Melody of Life”
2019 Grand Marshal – Chaka Khan
Parade Route: The 5 1/2-mile Rose Parade route begins at the corner of Green Street and Orange Grove Boulevard in Pasadena. The parade travels north on Orange Grove at a leisurely 2 1/2-mile per hour pace and then turns east onto Colorado Boulevard, where the majority of the parade viewing takes place. Near the end of the route, the parade turns north onto Sierra Madre Boulevard and concludes at Villa Street.
The Tournament of Roses Parade is a celebration more than a century old – a festival of flowers, music and sports unequaled anywhere else in the world. It’s America’s New Year Celebration, a greeting to the world on the first day of the year, and a salute to the community spirit and love of pageantry that have thrived in Pasadena for more than 100 years.
65th Annual Uptown Whittier Christmas Parade
Whittier, California | Saturday, December 8, 2018 • 10:00 am 12 noon
Theme: “Christmas Around the World”
Grand Marshall: Yosh Nakamura – “Veteran and Rio Hondo College”
Celebrity Grand Marshall: Andrea Barber “Full House”
Parade Route: Hadley and Greenleaf, travel down on Greenleaf and end at Mar Vista and Washington Ave.
This year’s parade will be filled with Music Bands, Equestrians, Drill teams, Vintage Automobiles and a variety of entries inspired by this year’s theme, “Christmas Around the World”.
Holiday Parades in Orange County
Laguna Niguel Holiday Parade
Laguna Niguel, California | Saturday, December 8, 2018 • 10:00 am
Theme: “Snow Much Fun”
2018 Grand Marshal – Richard Burgi
Celebrity Guests: Ashley Argota & Tommy Hobson
Parade Route: Crown Valley Parkway between Nueva Vista and Crown Valley Community Park.
The parade includes beautiful equestrian units, patriotic and inspirational military tributes,
world-class athletes, spirit-filled youth groups, classic auto clubs, talented marching bands,
and some of the biggest attractions in the nation!
Holiday Parades in San Bernardino County
Winter Wonderland and Christmas Parade
San Bernardino, California | Saturday, December 8, 2018 • 10:00am to 6:00 pm
Live Entertainment, vendors, YMCA Jubilee, Cookies with Santa
6th Annual Community Ho Ho Parade
San Bernardino, California | December 10 – 13, 2018 • 6:00 pm
Monday, December 10, 2018
Parade Route: First Christian Church to Nunez Park
Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Parade Route: Starting at Little League Headquarters and ending at Wildwood Park
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Parade Route: Starting at Blair Park and ending at Lytle Creek Park
Thursday, December 13, 2018
Parade Route: Starting at the San Bernardino Train Depot and ending at the Perris Hill Senior Center
Santa Claus will be available 30 minutes before the start of each parade at the starting point and after we arrive for kids to see Santa and get a candy cane.
Redlands Christmas Parade
Redlands, California | Saturday, December 1, 2018 • 6:00 pm
Parade Theme: “A Citrus Heritage Christmas”
Parade Route: See Parade Route Here
Parade participants and spectators should dress warm, arrive early and bring chairs and blankets as the best seats along the parade route fill up early.
City of Rialto Holiday Parade and Vendor Fair
Rialto, California | Saturday, December 8, 2018 • 10:00 am
Parade Route: Starts at Foothill Blvd.
Vendor Fair, Winter Crafts, and Photos with Santa
Holiday Parades in San Diego County
The Chula Vista Starlight Parade & Children’s Faire
Chula Vista, California | Saturday, December 1, 2018 • 6:00 pm
Parade Route: Third Avenue Village
The Chula Vista Starlight parade is an annual FREE event to celebrate the start of the holiday season with a nighttime parade. Real snow hill, pictures with Santa, children’s train, elf yourself, games, crafts, and more!
43rd Annual Holiday Parade
Coronado, California | Friday, December 7, 2018 • 6:00 pm
This hometown parade is a true holiday tradition and thousands line the street each year to kick off the holiday season in style! The parade starts at 6pm, but many come early to Rotary Plaza to sing carols and anxiously await Santa’s arrival via fire truck. Once Santa arrives, one lucky local family is selected each year to help the Mayor flip the switch on Star Pine, lighting the giant tree in all its glory. And this year, that family could be yours by entering the 1st Annual Coronado Tree Lighting Contest!
The 2019 Mother Goose Parade
El Cajon, California | Sunday, November 24, 2019 • 1:00 pm
The Mother Goose Parade is San Diego’s East County’s annual holiday kick-off celebration featuring whimsical floats, clowns, bands and equestrians. Each year, the Mother Goose Parade attracts thousands of spectators to the streets of El Cajon. More than 100 colorful and exciting parade entries come from around the United States to share in the excitement that is the Mother Goose Parade. The parade entries include spectacular motorized floats, glorious marching bands and drill units, eloquent equestrians, animated clowns, special characters, special guests, performing artists, celebrities, giant helium balloons, specialty vehicles, and of course, Santa Claus.
Encinitas Holiday Parade
Encinitas, California | Saturday, December 1, 2018 • 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Parade Route: Coast Highway 101, Encinitas
Encinitas’ favorite holiday tradition. Put it on your calendar. Nearly 100 parade entries will roll, march, cycle, scoot and cruise down the Coast Highway on the most magical night of the year. Thousands of people will be on floats and in bands with tens of thousands more cheering them on as the 2018 Encinitas Holiday Parade rolls along Coast Highway 101.
La Jolla Christmas Parade & Holiday Festival
La Jolla, California | Sunday, December 2, 2018 • 1:30 pm
Parade Theme: “The sounds of Christmas”
Parade Route: Click here for the parade route
The parade is a family-friendly event meant to bring joy to children of all ages. Floats, bands, marching units, equestrians, vintage and classic vehicles will be festively decorated in keeping with the theme.
38th Annual Ocean Beach Holiday Parade
Ocean Beach, California | Saturday, December 1, 2018 • 5:05 pm
Parade Theme: “It’s a Wonderful Life”
Parade Route: Newport Avenue
For nearly 40 years, our quaint little surfing village of Ocean Beach has hosted one of the best Holiday Parades in SoCal.
Port of San Diego Holiday Bowl Parade
Downtown San Diego, California | Monday, December 31, 2018 • 10:00 am
Click here to view parade route.
The scenic, bayside streets of downtown San Diego will come alive with the Port of San Diego Holiday Bowl Parade presented by National Funding! As always, this exciting family event brings together world-class marching bands, magnificent floats, entertaining drill teams, and a procession of enormous balloons – more than any other parade! Over 100,000 street-side spectators will enjoy the parade along with a nationwide television audience.
55th Annual North Park Toyland Parade & Festival
San Diego, California | Saturday, December 1, 2018 • 11:00am
Gliding down University Avenue between Utah and Iowa Streets, this cheerful Parade will feel like a Winter Wonderland, as melodious marching bands, upbeat dance groups, cool vintage cars, beauty queens, city officials and more, warm your spirits. Santa Claus will be riding atop his merry red fire engine and bells will be ringing as loved ones snuggle up in the bright, frosty air. ‘Tis the season to celebrate the continued rejuvenation and growth of North Park! Hang your stockings and then mark your calendar for this year’s 55th Annual North Park Toyland Parade & Festival. As this winter’s most beloved holiday event, adults and babes alike will never want to leave Toyland. All day parking will be available at the North Park Parking Garage for $1.
Holiday Parades in Ventura County
The Oxnard Christmas Parade
Oxnard, California | Saturday, December 1, 2018 • 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Parade Route: A, 5th and C Streets
Oxnard, CA 93030
The Oxnard Christmas Parade is one of the largest parades in Ventura County and attracts thousands of spectators to the heart of Downtown. The Parade features nearly 100 decorative floats, vehicles, marching bands, dancers and more! The Parade is followed by the Oxnard Tamale Festival at Plaza Park.
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Originally Published 11.15.17 | Last Updated 11.20.18