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APS Electric Light Parade 2023

An annual event that lights up Phoenix for the holidays

Dates: December 2, 2023

APS Electric Light Parade
APS Electric Light Parade
APS Electric Light Parade
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Every December, the Electric Light Parade brings holiday magic to families, neighbourhoods and local businesses. The parade has been held in Phoenix since the 1980s. More than 100,000 spectators gather every year to watch magnificently illuminated floats, greet Santa, and welcome Christmas into the city. The parade starts on Central Avenue and Montebello Avenue. It ends at 7th Street and Indian School Road. Hundreds of musicians, marching bands and performances pass through the downtown area on festive floats to the joy of children and adults. The best float in the parade gets an award.

People can take part in the parade float judging that usually takes place on Friday afternoon prior to the parade at the staging area. It's a great opportunity take a good look at the floats, and pay attention to every detail. Kids can also enjoy face painting and craft workshops at Santa's Village, which is free to access. Every year, the parade has a diffetent theme. In 2015 it was "Trim the Trees for the Holiday", in 2019 it was "Walking in a Desert Wonderland". In 2023, the parade will be all about neon!

After the Phoenix Electric Light Parade is over, Santa's Village for kids is ready to be explored. Children can take a picture with Santa, participate in workshops and other fun holiday activities.

Schedule & tips

The parade won't kick off until 7 pm and end until about 11 pm. However, the hours vary. Road closures begin at 5 pm, rain or shine. We suggest arriving at the start point earlier to save yourself the best spots. Parking is available on the streets of the city, but it's first-come, first-served. There are also private parking lots around the parade area, but you'll have to pay a fee. You are welcome to bring blankets and chairs with you.

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