Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting

Monday, December 2, 2019

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.

The City of Temple 73rd Annual Christmas Parade, produced by the City of Temple Parks & Recreation Department, is scheduled for Monday evening, December 2nd, 2019.

This year’s parade theme is“12 Days of Christmas". We hope you and your family will join us for this magical holiday tradition!

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The parade committee is currently updated the Rules and Regulations for 2019, please keep checking back for updates!

Our first priority is to have a SAFE PARADE!

PARADE DATE:  Monday, December 2nd, at 6:30 p.m.

THEME: “12 Days of Christmas”

  • All units must reflect a holiday theme, or the theme chosen by the Parade Committee, and must not be predominantly commercial in nature. Marching Bands, individuals and groups are encouraged to represent this theme with their costumes, vehicles and floats.

DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES: Applications are accepted on a first come first serve basis and must be submitted online @ by FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8th, 2019 @ 5:00 PM

***GENERAL PARADE REGULATIONS: The following items must be submitted for your application to be considered for participation.
1. Completed online application form
2. Paid entry fee 
3. Hold Harmless Agreement (signed by one member of your unit)

ACCEPTANCE: No individual or unit will be allowed to take part in the parade without prior approval of the Parade Committee.  Your acceptance into the parade is based upon your completed application. The committee reserves the right to dismiss your unit from the parade route if it differs greatly from the original description in the application.
NO LIVE SANTA CLAUS OR MRS. CLAUS will be allowed on any float except the Parks & Recreation float. Any group violating this rule will be removed immediately. NO EXCEPTIONS. Santa hats are permissible.

ABSOLUTELY no candy or other enticements will be thrown/handed from any entry. Anyone violating this rule will be removed immediately! Children can be seriously injured by running in front of oncoming entries while trying to retrieve candy/handouts. WALKERS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO HAND MATERIALS TO SPECTATORS. 

DIMENSIONS:  Entries may not exceed FORTY (40) feet in length without purchasing an additional space.
Entries over THIRTEEN (13) FEET IN HEIGHT or TWELVE (12) FEET IN WIDTH will not be allowed to participate.

Entries must comply with city, county and state ordinances and are subject to inspection by city, county or state officials.

DECORATIONS: Entries must have a minimum of 300 lights total and reflect a holiday theme.  No vehicles will be permitted to participate in the Parade that are not decorated in accordance with the float and vehicles rules section, with the following exceptions:  

The Parade Committee reserves the right to permit vehicles transporting dignitaries designated by the Parade Committee or to permit vehicles, that uniquely contribute to the parade theme as determined solely by the Parade Committee.

Laser Lights:  Laser Lights are not permitted due to safety considerations.  

MUSIC: All remote broadcasting facilities shall broadcast only Christmas music at reasonable levels.

MOVEMENT OF PARADE: All units must keep moving forward and not stop on the parade route at any time. Intentionally delay or stopping will not be allowed and could be cause for removal or non-acceptance in future parades. Should any entry allow a space of greater than ONE HUNDRED feet between itself and the preceding entry to occur anytime during the parade, said entry shall immediately be removed from the parade. Please keep up the pace. 

SIGNAGE: Signage should be limited to a traditional Christmas greeting, the identifying sponsoring organization and or the theme of the float. All other signs are prohibited unless previously authorized by the parade committee.

PARADE NUMBER:  The parade number must be visible to insure the announcers can identify your float and announce your information.  Vehicle headlights must be off or covered.

COMMENTARY: Please provide no more than a 15-second script (25 words or less) about your entry that can be read by our announcers as your unit passes the reviewing stand. You need to enter this description in the online form or your entry will not be recognized.  Information received after FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16th, 2018, may not be included in the parade script. Participants must provide current and accurate publicity information, in one (1) brief sentence.

ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES: The use of alcoholic beverages or illegal substances is strictly prohibited before and during the parade. Violators will be prosecuted.

PARADE ROUTE: The parade starts at the intersection of E. Adams Avenue and N. 8th Street, proceeds west along Adams Avenue, in front of the Municipal Building, all the way to North 23rd Street and then turns north and disbands at Temple High School. Total distance is 1.4 miles.

***LINE UP ORDER: Line up position is determined by the parade committee to establish variety and to insure even flow of the parade. Re-alinement cannot be considered.  Adequate description including the LENGTH of your group/float is important on the application to help determine placement in the parade.  Notification of your unit position will be furnished at our mandatory pre-parade meeting. The representative attending the line-up meeting must remain with the entry at all times.


Monday, November 18th, 2019 @ 5:30 p.m.

Frank W. Mayborn Civic and Convention Center, 3303 North 3rd Street

  • This is a MANDATORY MEETING that MUST be attended by ONE (1) representative from your group and all drivers.  Any participant unable to send a representative to this meeting will result in your DISQUALIFICATION from the parade. 
  • At this meeting, you will be given your official parade packet, which will include your entry number (location within the parade), maps, parking locations, and judging information. We will answer questions, only after we have gone over all the information in the packets. Questions will be answered on an individual basis at the conclusion of the meeting.  This is the only opportunity that the participants will have to ask questions and our only chance to stress the importance of having a safe parade.                                                                                         
  • Don’t rely only on passing out copies of your packets.  You need to meet with your group to discuss lineup, parade participation, and de-staging plans. Make sure whoever attends the mandatory meeting can also relay this information to your group in a way that all involved will understand.

ASSEMBLY TIMEPlease be PROMPT! ALL entries must be in place by 5:00 p.m., Monday, December 2nd, 2019.  NO EXCEPTIONS.  ANYONE VIOLATING THIS RULE WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO PARTICIPATE. 

FLOATS AND VEHICLES:  Floats and vehicles must display Christmas lights with a minimum of 300 lights.

Entries must reflect a Holiday theme.

Drivers of any and all vehicles in the parade areas must possess a valid driver’s license, be at least 18 years old, and possess all liability vehicle insurance. Drivers are prohibited from using cell phones during the parade.

Vehicle headlights must be off or covered.

Each participating organization shall procure its own trailer and pulling vehicle. All trailers and pulling vehicles should be in top mechanical condition for maximum dependability. Any vehicle demonstrating mechanical or structural deficiencies that threaten to impede the parade will be removed immediately.

The float must have a safety chain attached to the towing vehicle in addition to the hitch.

Fireproof or fire-resistant materials should be used whenever possible.  A fire extinguisher, Type ABC, is recommended to be carried by each vehicle.  No live flames, open or enclosed, will be allowed.

All floats should have skirts around the lower part of the structure. Floats and/or miscellaneous vehicles must be completely decorated including sides and ends.  Vehicles towing floats would be enhanced in appearance if decorated, but it is not required.

Each entry with open air riders must be escorted down the entire parade route by a minimum of four walkers, one at each corner of the float. All walkers must remain within five feet of the float at all times. These walkers may not hand out anything (candy, coupons, etc.) to the crowd or lead animals as they walk. Your presence is needed for safety and not for interaction with those viewing the parade. Walkers should be in Christmas colors, costumes, or at the very least, wearing a Santa/Elf hat.


Must be able to travel the entire parade route from 8th to 23rd along Adams Ave a total of 1.4 miles.

Only Christmas theme music will be allowed. Participants should be in Christmas colors, costumes, or at the very least, wearing a Santa/Elf hat.

Performances by bands or dance groups must be accomplished while maintaining the constant movement with the flow of the parade and be performed on the move. Please do not stop and perform along the parade route or in front of the judge’s stand.

The name of the group or organization must be displayed on an identification banner.  The letters shall be minimum of eight inches in height and easily seen.  The banner shall precede the entry.

No dangerous acrobatic stunts, including but not limited to, gymnastic and cheerleading acrobatics, are allowed. This will not be permitted and any such attempts will be cause for removal from the parade.

Participants under the age of seven (7) years old or who are not in the first grade or above may ride a float or vehicle, but may not march or walk in the parade.

SMALL ANIMAL (DOGS, OTHER PETS):Dogs and other pets may ride on a parade float, but every animal must be on a leash. These animals must remain on the float for the duration of the parade.

Any animals walking in the parade and not riding on a float must be on a leash and have a muzzle each animal must have a designated handler. These handlers MAY NOT serve as the walkers required for entries with open air riders.

LARGE ANIMAL (HORSES, OTHER LIVESTOCK): Participation requires additional qualification. 

Please contact the Parade Committee prior to the lineup meeting.     

For more information, please contact

Holly Leiferman

Event Coordinator

City of Temple Parks & Recreation Department

(O) 254.298.5440  



  1. Schedule
  2. Parade Route
  3. Enter the Parade

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.

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.