Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting

Christmas Parade

The City of Temple Parks & Recreation Department would like say thank you to all who participated in the 2016 Downtown Temple Christmas Parade! 

Our continued success is due to all of your hard work and dedication in bringing this wonderful Christmas Tradition to life for the past 70 years! 

Planning starts early! If you would like to join us for the 2017 Downtown Temple Christmas Parade (December 4, 2017) keep an eye out as applications will go live online in early October, 2017.

It is recommended that spectators arrive by 6:00 p.m. Guests may park on the side streets and walk to Adams Ave., or park in several parking lots located along Adams Avenue. The municipal parking lot at City Hall will also be available for parking.  

  1. Schedule
  2. Parade Route
  3. Rules & Regulations

Schedule of Activities

  • 4:00 pm – 6th and 8th Streets closed for parade entries
  • 4:30 pm – Come early to get a great seat in the bleachers in front of City Hall, visit the local shops for some early Christmas shopping, or enjoy a leisurely meal in any of our Downtown restaurants.
  • 5:45 pm– No traffic allowed down Adams Avenue
  • 6:15 pm- Mayor Danny Dunn will light the Municipal Building's holiday decorations and the City's Christmas tree located in the municipal parking lot of City Hall (2 N. Main Street).
  • 6:30 pm – Parade begins featuring over 100 illuminated entries.
    • Entries featuring community groups and supporters from around Temple.
    • Local personalities from around Central Texas on our announcer stands!
    • The parade takes approximately 90 minutes to traverse the entire route.
  • 7:20 pm– Santa begins his trip down the parade route on a specially designed float.