Enjoy the beauty of the holiday season amid the glittering lights of Downtown Tempe as the 21st annual parade rolls down the street. The parade includes as many as 40 units, including floats, balloons, clowns, novelty units, marching bands, and the arrival of Santa Claus. The parade proceeds down Mill Avenue from 3rd Street and turns on 7th Street to proceed through Centerpoint Plaza, where Tempe’s festively decorated holiday tree awaits ceremonial lighting at the conclusion of the parade.
Don’t miss the Fantasy of Lights Tree Lighting Ceremony Presented by State Farm, in Centerpoint Plaza at the conclusion of the parade. Emcees Mark & Monica from 98.7 The Peak will host the Tree Lighting ceremony and the Mayor of Tempe assists honored guests in the countdown. A special invited guest, Santa Claus, takes the stage for his official duties and then takes his seat in Centerpoint Plaza to hear children’s special gift requests. Families are encouraged to bring their own camera for free Selfies with Santa.