Parade of Lights 2018 Parade of Lights Saturday, December 1!

Join us for the 2018 Parade of Lights Saturday, December 1 as we kickoff the holiday season with a day of free family activities that brings the community together for free and low cost children’s activities, holiday carolers and performers, hot cocoa and cookies, all culminating with the annual Parade of Lights and annual Lighting of the Christmas Tree at Circle Square!

Parade of Lights is brought to you by:

With additional support by

The Parade of Lights is a full day filled with fun the entire family can get behind. Be sure to keep your calendars clear for Saturday, December 1 2018 and put you and yours in the holiday spirit. The day includes:

  • Family Friendly Activities throughout Downtown all day
  • Arrival of Santa at Florence Building at 1pm, followed by photos with Santa!
  • Parade down Higgins Ave. starting at 6pm
  • Downtown Holiday Tree Lighting (Red XXXXs N. Higgins) after the parade.
  • Much More!

Be sure to keep checking back as the event draws near for a full schedule of activities!

Every year, the Parade of Lights is filled with free or low-cost children’s activities at various locations in Downtown Missoula and beyond all day leading up to the parade! Keep checking back for a full schedule of the various activities being provided this year that are sure to keep kids of all ages (that includes you, adults!) entertained!

Interested in contributing to this beloved day in Missoula by providing an activity during the Parade of Lights? Marvelous! Fill out the form below:

POL Kid's Activities

The Parade of Lights wouldn’t be what it is without the parade – duh! Connect to the community and line Higgins Avenue at 6pm on Saturday, December 1 to be swept up in the magic of the holiday parade floats designed by organizations and community members. The fun continues after the parade at Circle Square (near the XXXX’s) for the lighting of the Downtown Holiday Tree, caroling, and hot cocoa. Rain, snow or shine, this parade delights the young and old alike. Bundle up and we’ll see you on the parade route!

Looking to enter a float in the parade? Fill out the form below and be as detailed as possible! Make sure to make your float shine and you could be a winner at this year’s Parade of Lights!

POL Parade Form

    Music is really important!
  • Decorated Float Entries

  • Not to exceed 15 ft tall or 40 ft long
  • Vehicle Entries

  • Drill Team/Dance Troupe Entries

    Must walk & dance at a fast pace and no stopping en route.
  • Equestrian Entries

    Must pick up after animals
  • Special Units

    Walking groups, carolers, kazoo bands, etc.


Keep checking back for more information!