California Christmas Parades

Los Altos Festival of Lights Parade

A Child's Holiday Fantasy November 27, 2022, 6 p.m.

Downtown Los Altos

Route: State Street begins at 1st St. then turns on Main back to 1st St. Proceeds on 1st St. to Whitney. Turns onto Whitney and ends at 3rd St.


Holiday Tree Lighting

December 1, 2022, 6-8 p.m

Downtown Main & State Streets
Los Altos, CA


Floats that have graced this event...

Carousel Flat with Snow Queen & Court
Teddy Bear
Music Time
Pirate Ship & Peter Pan Characters
Daisy Belle
Rocking Horse
Gingerbread House
Circus Train
Christmas Tree
Jack in the Box
Frosty the Snowman
Jingle Bell Rock
Mother Goose Characters
Winnie the Pooh
Santa's Workshop
Ferris Wheel

2018 Entries

Marching bands: Stuart Highlanders Pipe Band of San Francisco | Los Altos High School Marching Band, Los Altos High School Cheerleaders and Los Altos HS and San Juan Dance Team plus Los Altos School Mascots | Ye Olde Town Band | Mountain View HS Marching Band | St. Francis HS Marching Band |  Fremont HS Marching Band | Union Middle School Marching Band | Dartmouth Middle School Marching Band 

Characters: Toy Soldiers | Mittens & Winter Girls | Wizard of Oz | Holiday Mouse | Gingerbread Cookies and Bakers | Alice in Wonderland | Star Wars | Wizard & Butterflies | Nutcracker | Little Red Riding Hood & Big Bad Wolf | Little Bo Peep & Sheep | Dancing Elves | Frosty the Snowman with Snowflake Girls

Festival of Lights Banner Guard
Mayor of Los Altos
Mayor of Los Altos Hills
Jingle Bell Rockers
St. Nick's School House
Christmas Train
Sol Jump Rope Team
St. Simon Angels
Silicon Valley Motorcycles
Holiday Medley
Santa Claus & his Reindeer Grand Finale

The Los Altos Festival of Lights Parade celebrates the beginning of the Holiday Season in Downtown Los Altos the Sunday after Thanksgiving with colorful lighted floats,  Marching Bands and costumed characters all lit up with thousands of lights. It comes to an exciting conclusion with the arrival of Santa and his reindeer!

This hour long event starts at First and State Streets and winds its way through town, ending at Whitney and Second Street. Originating in 1977, it is produced by the Los Altos Festival of Lights Association, a non-profit, all volunteer organization of community members. Funding is provided by donations and the sale of glow products on parade night. 

Other community parks events in Los Altos include the annual Easter Egg Hunt.

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

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