Parade of Lights Will Fill Downtown With Holiday Cheer on December 15

November 30, 2012

Floats, live music and brightly decorated vehicles will fill Downtown Tucson with holiday cheer at the 18th Annual Downtown Parade of Lights on December 15, 2012. Thousands of Southern Arizonans will pack the streets to watch as the Parade makes its way with a new route in the vibrant streets of the historic El Presidio Neighborhood.

The route change comes after 17 years in the Armory Park neighborhood. The parade will now start at the intersection of west Franklin Street and north Granada Avenue, head south on Granada to west Alameda, north on Stone Avenue to Franklin Street, where it finishes at Church Avenue. Staging will take place along Franklin St., 9th Ave., Meyer Ave. and at the Franklin Lot.

After a day filled with fun, family friendly events across Downtown, join Mayor Jonathan Rothschild at Jacomé Plaza in front of Joel Valdez Main Library for the Mayor’s Tree Lighting Ceremony at 5:45 p.m. Along the parade route, enjoy mariachis at the beautiful Tucson Museum of Art, 140 N. Main Ave., hot cocoa at YMCA, 60 W. Alameda St., and entertainment, dining and shopping at El Charro, La Cocina, and Café A La Cart. There will also be live entertainment near the bleachers at Alameda St. and Church Ave.

“The historic El Presidio neighborhood is going to be a great fit,” said Michael Keith, CEO of the Downtown Tucson Partnership. “The parade still has that homegrown, uniquely Tucson feel, but the wide streets, participation from the neighborhood, and added entertainment from Downtown businesses will make this a holiday tradition to remember.”

The Parade of Lights will be filling Downtown Tucson streets for the 18th year. Entries range from marching bands to light displays, antique vehicles to floats that feature a traditional nativity scene. At the end of the parade, BICAS will be pulling a sleigh featuring a special guest from the North Pole.

The Parade begins at 6:30 p.m. More information on where to park, dine and shop and a complete list of holiday events at

The Downtown Tucson Partnership is a non-profit, 501(c)(6) corporation committed to making Downtown Tucson the most dynamic urban center in the Southwest.