2018 Parade of Lights Saturday, December 1!

Thank you for another amazing Parade of Lights! We will see you next year!

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!

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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! Check out the schedule below!

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!

Parade Details:

  • Entry Fee: $25
  • Parade Lineup: 4:45 pm
  • Parade Route: Begins in front of the Missoulian on 4th Street and Higgins Avenue, proceeds across the bridge and then East on Alder Street.
  • Parade Line Up: Your parade line-up position is first come, first serve. Please arrive by 4:45 pm and lineup behind previous arrivals. A confirmation letter will be mailed to you a week before the parade. If you have any special needs regarding your entry, please note them on the back of this form.
  • **NOTE**: Organizations are not allowed to have a santa on their float.
  • **NOTE**: Absolutely NO throwing candy during the parade!
  • Reminder: Music and lights can really liven up your float!
  • Generators are available at: Eastgate Rental & Party Center – (406) 549-5114 and Star Rental – (406) 728-5092. Adapters for lights that need to be converted into car power jacks are available at Radio Shack and other electronic stores.