Lowell City of Lights Parade 2021
The City of Lights parade is an annual event that occurs in downtown Lowell in which City Hall celebrates the official start the holiday season.
More than 10,000 spectators line Downtown streets each year in anticipation of Lowell’s only nighttime parade, the Annual City Of Lights Holiday Parade!
After going AWOL in 2020, Santa returns for Lowell’s popular holiday tradition on Saturday, November 27. There will be festive afternoon activities leading up to the much anticipated parade with Santa and Mrs. Claus riding in on their special sleigh to help with the official lighting of City Hall.
This year’s Parade Marshals will be representatives from Lowell’s frontline emergency services.
The fun starts at noon with entertainment and window decorating and hot chocolate contests at participating
downtown businesses. Other activities include:
Photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, 1-3 p.m. in Lowell City Hall
A holiday movie, The Rise of the Guardians, will be shown at 2 p.m. at the MCC Donahue Family Arts Center Recital Hall, 240 Central Street
The Brush Art Gallery and Studios annual Festival of Wreaths—wreaths will be on display at the
Brush, 256 Market Street, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Hot chocolate and window decorating contests at participating downtown businesses (vote for your favorite!)—all afternoon
The Pollard Memorial Library will hold a wreath decorating workshop—for information or to register, contact the library at 978-674-4120 or go to http://lowelllibrary.org/events
St. Anne’s Church, 237 Merrimack Street, will host The Gentlemen Songsters in a holiday concert at 6 p.m.
Other entertainment and activities to be announced
This signature City of Lowell event brings a contingent of high-stepping marching bands, fabulous holiday-themed floats, spectacular performance groups, and local personalities.
City of Lights dates to the 1950s and over the years it has evolved and continued to provide holiday joy for thousands, drawing attendees from across the Greater Lowell community.
The parade begins at 4:30 p.m. led by the Grand Marshals and followed by bands, floats, specialty vehicles, antique cars and marching groups. Santa and Mrs. Claus will ride in on their special sleigh. The parade launches from Jackson Street, turning onto Central then Merrimack before ending at City Hall.
Following the parade, Santa, Mayor John Leahy and the Grand Marshals will lead a countdown for the official lighting of City Hall. Attendees are encouraged to stroll through downtown to view all the holiday displays and patronize one of Lowell’s fine dining establishments.
For more information on City of Lights activities and schedules, go to www.lowellcityoflights.org.
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11:00am - 8:00pm - Festivities
Jackson Street, Lowell, MA, 01852 map
Downtown Lowell, from Jackson Street to JFK Plaza
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