California Christmas Parades

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California Christmas Parades

California Christmas Parades are held in practically every city. They range from small to large but generally are on the modest side with the events featuring community entries that may not qualify for larger parades such as 4th of July parades. One of the many fun things to see and do this Christmas, the parades are sometimes associated with Tree Lighting Ceremonies as well.

While these holiday parades are by far one of the most popular parades of any throughout the year, very few cities in California try to make them into big affair that would rival the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York. Californians host the most watched parade in the world just days after Christmas is over and the New Year begins. Flower floats costing over $100,000 each, and marching bands that head down Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena for the Rose Parade are spectacular. So Christmas tends to keep it simple with Lighted Tractor Parades, Kids Parades and always Santa Claus!

Thanksgiving Weekend Parades 2019

ANGELS CAMP: Angels Camp Lighted Christmas Parade Lighted Christmas Parade Saturday,   Angels Camp, CA gocalaveras.com | angelscampbusiness.com

ARROYO GRANDE: Christmas Parade in the Village South County Holiday Parade  arroyogrande.org | agchristmasparade.com

HOLLISTER: Lights On Christmas Parade and Lights On Celebration Saturday,    downtownhollister.org

HOLLYWOOD: Hollywood California Celebrity Christmas Parade

LOS ALTOS: Festival of Lights Parade

MOUNT SHASTA: Mount Shasta Hometown Holiday Lighted Parade

SANTA PAULA: Christmas Parade on Main Saturday,  santapaulachamber.net

SALINAS: Holiday Parade of Lights  (always the 1st Sunday after Thanksgiving Day) The event begins on Main Street from Salinas High School to Steinbeck Center. salinaslightsparade.com

VISALIA: Candy Cane Lane Parade  is Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree. downtownvisalia.com

Christmas Parade in California

Adelanto: Christmas Parade 

Alpine: Parade of Lights 

Anaheim: Christmas Fantasy Parade 

Angels Camp: Holiday Parade 

Antioch: Holiday Parade

Arroyo Grande: Holiday Parade

Arvin: Arvin Christmas Parade

Atwater: Christmas Parade

Auburn: Festival of Lights Parade

Bakersfield: Bakersfield Christmas Parade

Belmont Shore: Christmas Parade

Benicia: Christmas Parade & Holiday Market

Bishop: Christmas Parade

Blue Jay: Christmas Parade

Brentwood: Annual Holiday Parade

Burlingame: Downtown Holiday Parade

Calexico: Christmas Parade

Calistoga: Lighted Tractor Parade

Camarillo: Christmas Parade

Carpinteria: Holiday Spirit Parade

Chino: Kids Christmas Parade

Clearlake: Christmas Parade

Coachella: Christmas Parade

Colfax: Winterfest Parade of Lights

Corning: Light Parade

Coronado: Christmas Parade

Davis: Children's Candlelight Parade 

El Centro: Christmas Parade

Elk Grove: Parade of Lights 

Encinitas: Encinitas Holiday Parade

Exeter: Exeter Christmas Parade

Fallbrook: 40th Annual Fallbrook Christmas Parade, Miracle on Main December 4, 2021, 5 p.m. fallbrookchamberofcommerce.org

Ferndale: Lighted Tractor Parade December 15, 2019

Fontana: Christmas Parade

Fresno: Christmas Parade

Gilroy: Christmas Parade

Glendale: Glendale Montrose Christmas Parade

Glendora: Glendora Christmas Parade

Granada Hills: Holiday Parade

Gridley: Christmas Parade of Lights

Grover Beach: Holiday Sparkle Parade

Hanford -Christmas Parade  6 p.m. hanfordchamber.com

Hollister: Lights On Holiday Parade

Hollywood: The Hollywood Christmas Parade

Huntington Beach: Children's Christmas Parade

King City: Lighted Agriculture Parade

Kingsburg: Festival of Lights Parade

Laguna Niguel: Holiday Parade

La Jolla: Christmas Parade and Holiday Festival

Lake Elsinore: Winterfest Parade

Lancaster: Holiday Parade

La Puente: Holiday Parade

Lemoore: Christmas Parade

Lincoln: Hometown Christmas Parade , 4:30 p.m.  downtownlincolnca.com

Lindsay: Holiday Parade not specified by event planner

Livermore: Holiday Sights & Sounds Parade

Lodi: Parade of Lights

Lompoc: Children's Holiday Parade

Los Altos: Festival of Lights Parade

Los Gatos: Children's Holiday Christmas Parade

Marysville: Christmas Parade 5-7 p.m. Route: Starts at 6th & D Streets and ends at the intersection of 5th & C Streets.  marysville.ca.us 

Merced: Hometown Christmas Parade

Monrovia: Holiday Parade

Mount Shasta: Hometown Holiday Light Parade November 29, 2019

Murrieta: Holiday Magic Push Cart Parade

Murphys: Christmas Parade , 5:30 p.m. visitmurphys.com

Norco: Parade of Lights

Ocean Beach (San Diego): Holiday Parade

Orcutt: Old Orcutt Christmas Parade

Oroville: Holiday Parade of Lights

Oxnard: Christmas Parade

Pacific Grove: Holiday Parade of Lights

Palm Springs: Festival of Lights Parade

Paradise: Truck Parade

Perris: Christmas Parade

Pittsburg: Holiday Parade

Placerville: Holiday Parade

Pleasanton: Hometown Holiday Parade

Porterville: Main Street Children's Christmas Parade , 7 p.m. Route: route is Main Street from Morton south to Olive. portervillechamber.org

Quincy: Light Parade

Redding: Christmas Parade

Redwood City: Hometown Holidays Parade

Reedley: Electrical Farm Equipment Parade

Roseville: Holiday Parade 

Sacramento: Santa Parade

Salinas: Parade of Lights

Sanger: Holiday Parade

San Juan Bautista: Holiday in Lights Parade

San Luis Obispo: Holiday Parade

Santa Barbara: Downtown Holiday Parade

Santa Cruz: Holiday Parade

Santa Maria: Parade of Lights

Santa Paula: Christmas Parade

Seal Beach: Christmas Parade

Solvang: Julefest Parade

Susanville: Santa Parade

Sutter Creek: Parade of Lights

Taft: Christmas Parade

Tehachapi: Christmas Parade

Tulare: Children's Christmas Parade

Turlock: Christmas Parade

Twain Harte: Christmas Parade

Upland: Upland Christmas Parade

Vallejo: Mad Hatter Christmas Parade

Valley Springs: Christmas Parade

Victorville: Christmas Parade

Visalia: Candy Cane Parade

Whittier: Uptown Whittier Christmas Parade

Winters: Tractor Lights Parade

Woodlake: Christmas Parade , 7 p.m. (Santa's Workshop 4 p.m.) facebook.com/CityofWoodlakeCA/

Woodland: Christmas Parade

Yreka: Holiday Parade

Yuba City: Holiday Parade

Yucca Valley: Christmas Parade , 5:30 p.m. yucca-valley.org

Events are not guaranteed. It is your responsibility to confirm before going.


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