Parade of Lights



25th Annual Parade of Lights & Festival

SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, December 7th, 2019

Check out a video recap of last year’s festivities.


The Parade of Lights & Festival is Downtown Tucson’s premier holiday event that brings together the entirety of the local community from all walks of life to celebrate not just the spirit of the Winter season, but also the unique culture of the Tucson community. In a grand scale procession throughout an illuminated and decorated downtown, attendees can expect to see a cavalcade of colorful floats, Baile Folkloriko dancers adorned with brilliant lights, marching mariachis, and even parading pups! The parade is also adjacent to a fantastic festival in Jácome Plaza, which includes live entertainment, a veritable smorgasbord of foods from local vendors, and SNOW! Be sure not to miss what has become a long-standing Tucson holiday tradition. The parade this year is set on Saturday, December 15th, 2018 and will proceed starting from the intersection of Church Avenue and Alameda Street throughout the core of downtown, weaving through the illuminated trees and buildings.


2018 Parade of Lights Award Winners:

Grand Marshal’s Award (Best Entry Overall) $500 Award – Ballet Folklorico de Santa Maria
Pioneer Award (Best Historical or Cultural Theme) $250 Award – Ballet Folklorico Tapatio
Holiday Spirit Award (Best Use of Lights) $250 Award – Saguaro National Park – National Park Service
Harmony Award (Best Musical Group) $250 Award – Tucson High Marching 100
Bright Horizon Award (Best Youth Group) $250 Award – John Valenzuela Youth Center


Day of Parade News Coverage:

Thousands fill downtown streets for the 24th Annual Parade of Lights

Parade of lights and festival draws thousands to Downtown Tucson

23rd Parade of Lights introduces new features

Photos: 2017 Parade of Lights