It’s no secret that a cherished holiday tradition for the city of Temple is seeing and participating in the Annual Christmas Parade.  Christmas parades can be viewed as the unofficial starting point to Christmas, because nothing gets you in the holiday spirit quite like a festive parade filled with seasonal favorites and Santa Claus with all his Christmas cheer.  This event is a family favorite and one you truly must see. Here’s everything you need to know about the upcoming Christmas parade.

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What is the Annual Christmas Parade?

The City of Temple Annual Christmas Parade is a family-friendly holiday event that has been bringing locals and visitors joy since 1946.  The theme changes every year, with this year’s theme being the “Magic of a Traditional Christmas.” It has become a tradition for the parade to take place on the first Monday in December.  The parade features lit, unique displays from over 100 applicants.  The parade entrants consist of local business owners, organizations, student groups, and individuals.

On What Day Does the Parade Take Place? What Time Does It Start?

The parade takes place on Monday, December 6th.  A special tree lighting ceremony featuring the mayor will take place at 6:15 prior to the start of the parade. The parade starts at 6:30 pm and lasts approximately 90 minutes as all the entrants make their way through the route.

Who Hosts the Parade?

The City of Temple Parks and Recreation Department hosts the parade every year.  Temple Parks and Recreation enjoys overseeing this special, holiday event and arranging details for the parade such as assigning a creative theme and encouraging locals to sign up to be a part of this family-friendly, delightful event.

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What Is the Parade Route? Where is the Best Place to Watch the Parade?

The parade route has a total distance of 1.4 miles.  The parade starts at the intersection of E. Adams Avenue and N. 8th St., then proceeds west along Adams Avenue.  The parade then continues in front of the Municipal Building and heads all the way to N. 23rd St. Finally, the parade disbands at Temple High School.

Visitors and locals can head to the downtown district of Temple to watch the parade.  Viewing for the parade is street-side and visitors can watch anywhere along the parade route. Seating is first-come, first-serve.  To get the best view, plan to arrive early and bring necessities for comfortable seating throughout the duration of the event.

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Where Should Visitors Park?

Visitors can park on street-side parking.  Parking will also be available in the City Hall parking lot as well as in various areas downtown such as the Santa Fe Plaza.  The Santa Fe Plaza will also have a tree lighting ceremony for the tree located in the heart of the plaza.  Visitors can find plenty of close parking spots in the Santa Fe Plaza area.

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What Should You Bring With You?

Bring lawn chairs so you have a comfortable spot to sit for the parade. With the cold weather in store, be sure to bring blankets and bundle up to make sure you and your family are warm and cozy for the duration of the event. Visitors should also make sure to bring extra cash.  The downtown district is filled with plenty of restaurants and shopping. Visitors can shop around the local area while they wait for the parade to start.

Have more questions about the parade?  Find more information on the Temple Parks and Recreation website.