Downtown Parade of Lights

downtown parade of lights - christmas tree in front of city hall, santa waving from his sleigh

The Downtown Parade of Lights for 2021 is scheduled for December 2, 2021 at 7:00 p.m.

Athens-Clarke County Unified Government and Athens Downtown Development Authority are proud to present the Downtown Parade of Lights. The theme for this year is “A Super Hero Holiday.” All participants are encouraged to embrace this year’s theme by highlighting heroes: real and/or fictional. 

The ACC Downtown Parade of Lights is a “rain or shine” event.    If safety becomes an issue for participants and spectators due to severe weather, the parade may be cancelled by the event organizer.  

The ACC Downtown Parade of Lights is contingent upon local COVID-19 case numbers and may be modified or canceled to ensure public health and safety.

Participate in the 2021 Downtown Parade of Lights!

Applications will be accepted for the 2021 Downtown Parade of Lights until November 8, 2021. 

Applications AND Payment must be received by Monday, November 8, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. to be considered. 

Due to downtown construction, the parade will have a new route and significantly fewer entries will be included in the parade. Applicants will receive notification by November 10, 2021 if they will be accepted in the parade.

For more information, please call 706-613-3800 or email

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Downtown Parking Options

Learn more about downtown parking options.

YouTube Playlist of Past Downtown Parades of Lights (2010-2019)