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Holiday parades are ready to roll across Dallas-Fort Worth

Wave to Santa at these festive processions.

Santa and Mrs. Claus will make their way across the Dallas-Fort Worth area in the coming weeks as the star attractions of a number of holiday parades. Here are some of the biggest events, including the Dallas Holiday Parade. You can find detailed route information, road closures, parking tips and more on event websites, as well as any changes related to weather.


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Grapevine Parade of Lights

FREE Cheer for more than 100 lighted floats, marching bands and Santa Claus as they pass by during the city’s annual holiday parade. The route moves along Main Street from Hanover Drive to Northwest Highway.

Dec. 1 from 7 to 9 p.m. on Main Street, Grapevine. Free.



Duncanville Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting

FREE A merry evening includes a lighted float parade and tree lighting, pictures with Santa, a carol sing-along, bounce houses, games and live entertainment. Lighted floats will leave from Armstrong Park.

Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. starting at Armstrong Park, 101 N. Main St., Duncanville.



Cleburne Whistle Stop Lighted Christmas Parade

The downtown parade in Cleburne gets underway at 6:30 p.m. at First and Main streets, proceeds north on Caddo Street and then back down Main to Hulen Park, the site of the ongoing Whistle Stop Christmas festival.

Dec. 2 at 6:30 p.m. in downtown Cleburne. Free admission.


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Holidays at Heritage: Parade and Tree Lighting

FREE Part of the city’s Holidays at Heritage celebration, the parade through Irving’s historic district will feature twinkling floats, community groups and Santa Claus. The parade steps off at 6 p.m. and is followed by family fun events at Heritage Park.

Dec. 3 at 6 at Heritage Park, 217 S. Main St., Irving. Free.


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Merry Main Street

FREE A holiday parade gets Frisco’s Merry Main Street holiday party started at 3:30 p.m.

Dec. 3 at 3:30 p.m. at Simpson Plaza outside Frisco City Hall, 6101 Frisco Square Blvd., Frisco. Free.



Richardson Christmas Parade

FREE “A Storybook Christmas” is the theme of the city’s 50th Christmas parade. The morning parade will take place along Plano Road, beginning at Richardson Square Mall and finishing at Huffhines Park.

Dec. 3 at 9 a.m. starting at 501 S. Plano Road, Richardson. Free.


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Dallas Holiday Parade

FREE Thousands of spectators are expected to line Commerce Street for this popular parade in downtown Big D. Kids of all ages can enjoy costumed characters, marching bands, dance and drill teams, elaborate floats and giant balloons. Admission to the parade is free; reserved bleacher seating is available to purchase. The parade steps off at 10 a.m. at Commerce and Houston streets and continues east on Commerce, making performance stops along the route. Check the website for updated route details and live TV coverage information.

Dec. 3 at 10 a.m. in downtown Dallas. Free; reserved seating starts at $25.

Christmas parade during the Old Town Holiday Stroll in Lewisville, Texas
Santa waves from his float in the Lewisville's Christmas parade during the Old Town Holiday Stroll festival on Dec. 3.(Courtesy of Old Town Lewisville)


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Old Town Holiday Stroll

FREE The parade is part of the Holiday Stroll festival in Old Town Lewisville. It steps off at 12:30 p.m. from Cowan Avenue and Main Street with decorated floats, antique vehicles and Santa and Mrs. Claus. The route goes east on Main, south on Mill Street and ends at Purnell Street.

Dec. 3 at 12:30 p.m. starting at Cowan Avenue and Main Street, Lewisville. Free.



Rockwall Kiwanis Christmas Parade

FREE The parade is a Rockwall tradition, celebrating 53 years of holiday spirit. The procession steps off from Wilkerson- Sanders Memorial Stadium and continues to Howard Dobbs Elementary School (901 E Interurban St., Rockwall). Families can line the parade route and wave to St. Nick and community and school groups as they pass. After the parade, there’ll be a Hometown Christmas festival and tree lighting in downtown Rockwall.

Dec. 3 from 9 to 10 a.m. starting at Wilkerson-Sanders Memorial Stadium, 1201 T.L. Townsend Drive, Rockwall. Free.



Lancaster Christmas Parade (UPDATED)

FREE The Lancaster Lions Club teams up with the city of Lancaster to host the 67th annual parade. The 2022 theme is “A Hallmark Christmas.” At 1 p.m., floats, marching bands and community groups will start at Beverly D. Humphrey Tiger Stadium (200 E. Wintergreen Road, Lancaster) and proceed to Lancaster Town Square. A festival will follow the parade.

Dec. 10 at 1 p.m. at Lancaster Town Square, 108 N. Dallas Ave., Lancaster. Free.


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McKinney Parade of Lights

FREE “Christmas in Toyland” is the theme of this year’s illuminated parade through historic downtown McKinney. Visitors are encouraged to use the free trolley service, which will run from 5 to 9 p.m. from First McKinney Baptist Church, 1615 W. Louisiana St., to Dr. Glenn Mitchell Memorial Park (one block west of the square).

Dec. 10 at 6:30 p.m. in downtown McKinney, 111 N. Tennessee St., McKinney. Free.


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Plano Holiday Parade and Toyland Festival (UPDATED)

FREE The parade returns after a year off with the theme “March of the Toys.” Six Rotary clubs are co-hosting the event, along with the city of Plano. The parade will begin at 9:30 a.m. near Mendenhall Elementary and travel to Williams High School (1818 18th St., Plano). A free Toyland festival will follow in the north parking lot of the Plano Municipal Center.

Dec. 10 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. starting at 18th Street and M Avenue, Plano.



DeSoto Hometown Holiday Parade

FREE Lighted floats and marching bands will travel from Disciple Central Community Church to DeSoto Town Center in the 49th annual holiday parade. The event is part of DeSoto’s Hometown Holiday Celebration.

Dec. 10 from 5 to 6 p.m., starting from Disciple Central Community Church, 901 N. Polk St., DeSoto. Free.


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Arlington Holiday Lights Festival, Parade and Tree Lighting

FREE Thousands of holiday revelers are expected to watch the annual lighted parade through Arlington’s downtown district. Pre-parade daytime fun is planned starting at 2 p.m., with a tree lighting in the evening. The parade steps off at 6 p.m.; check the website for the route.

Dec. 10 at 6 p.m. at 100 W. Abram St., Arlington. Free.


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Posada Dallas

The Latino Cultural Center will celebrate Posada, a Christmas tradition in Mexico and other Latin American countries that commemorates Joseph and Mary’s search for safe refuge in Bethlehem before the birth of Jesus. All are invited to join in the traditional Posada procession led by musicians. Folkorico dancing, music and family activities will take place on the plaza.

Dec. 11 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Latino Cultural Center, 2600 Live Oak St., Dallas.

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