Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting

SAVE THE DATE: Monday, December 7, 2020!

Join us on the First Monday in December for one of the largest lighted Christmas parades in Texas and help welcome Santa Claus to Downtown Temple.

Thanks to everyone that came out to the 73rd Annual City of Temple Christmas parade and enjoyed a festive night of over 100 illuminated floats in Historic Downtown Temple!

We hope to see you at the 74th Annual Christmas Parade Monday, December 7th, 2020.  

2019 Parade Entries Winners:

1.  First Place: Miss Five Hills-Five Hills Royalty                                                $650 and Plaque

2. Second Place: Scott Elementary IB World                                                      $500 and Plaque  

3. Third Place: Taylor Valley Baptist Church                                                      $300 and Plaque

4. Fourth Place: Kennedy Powell Elementary School                                         $200 and Plaque  

5.  Fifth Place: Temple Machine Shop                                                                 $100 and Plaque

6.  Sixth Place: Mathasium                                                                                   $50 and Plaque

7.  Seventh Place: Res Care Temple                                                                     $50 and Plaque

8.  Eighth Place: SPJST Float                                                                              $50 and Plaque             

9. Ninth Place: Ralph Wilson Youth Club                                                            $50 and Plaque

10.    Tenth Place: Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church                                  $50 and Plaque


There were 97 entries – 21 in the judging category.

  1. Schedule
  2. Parade Route
  3. Enter the Parade
  4. Rules and 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 Tim Davis 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.