Some things are just quintessential holiday experiences--looking at lights, singing Christmas carols, and, of course, enjoying a holiday parade. This holiday season, the Dallas area is bringing you parades to enjoy, whether it's a traditional parade with light-up floats down the street or a parade of decorated boats. No matter the type, parades are sure to make for a fun day to help get you into the Christmas spirit.
Dallas Holiday Parade
Dec. 2 @ 10 a.m.
Downtown Dallas - Commerce St., Dallas TX 75201
Despite being in danger of not having corporate sponsorship and therefore not being able to go on, the Dallas Holiday Parade celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. The parade kicks off with a Grand Opening in front of The Adolphus Hotel, then marches down Commerce St. and ends with a Grand Finale in front of The Statler Hotel. For an extra special view, purchase tickets to sit in bleachers, and keep in mind this year's parade has a new route, starting at Commerce and Houston streets and heading east on Commerce to Harwood. And you won't want to miss this one, as it's one of the biggest holiday parades in the country, drawing crowds of up to 450,000 people and being televised on over 300 stations.
Twinkle Light Boat Parade
Dec. 2 @ 6 p.m.
Not too far from Dallas is the town of Grapevine, which boasts as being the Christmas capital of Texas--and you can count on such a title to deliver a holiday parade. In addition to a traditional light parade later in the week, Grapevine holds a Twinkle Light Boat Parade on Dec. 2. It kicks off at Twin Coves Marina, gaining members as it moves to each marina. The parade is also visible from the shores of Lake Grapevine, so be sure to get the early to get the perfect spot.
Roanoke's Old Fashioned Christmas
Dec. 2 @ 6 p.m.
108 S Oak St., Roanoke, TX 76262
For more parade fun, head to nearby Roanoke. Their Old Fashioned Christmas kicks off the holiday season with a tree-lighting ceremony and parade, as well as strolling carolers, children's activities, carriage rides, refreshments, and, of course, pictures with Santa.
Parade of Lights
Dec. 7 @ 7 p.m.
Historic downtown Grapevine - 636 S. Main St., Grapevine, TX 76051
While boat parades are indeed something special, Christmas capital Grapevine also holds a traditional parade through the streets downtown.The parade of lights on Dec. 7 is the largest lighted Christmas parade in North Texas, with over 100 marching bands and lighted floats, with Santa Claus himself making an appearance on the last float in the parade.