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Los Altos Festival of Lights Parade 2020

A popular holiday event draws spectators from all over Silicon Valley

Los Altos Festival of Lights Parade in California 2020 - Best Time

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The Los Altos Festival of Lights Parade lights up downtown Los Altos every November, kicking off the official holiday season. The parade annually draws crowds to the most popular event in the city. It features illuminated floats, twinkling walking cartoon and fairy-tale characters, the mayors of Los Altos, marching bands, and finally Santa in his sleigh.

Los Altos Festival of Lights Parade in California - Best Season 2020

The parade has been a Los Altos tradition since 1977. All the festivities usually begin at 6 p.m.

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The main idea of the parade is to bring to life a child’s holiday fantasy with colors, music and costumed characters -- all surrounded with thousands of lights. Kids are always excited to meet Santa and his reindeer. The parade is organized by the Los Altos Festival of Lights Association. It's a non-profit, all-volunteer organization that consists of community members. The parade is funded by donations and the sale of glowing items during the event.

Best time to see Los Altos Festival of Lights Parade in California 2020

The Los Altos Festival of Lights Parade usually falls on the Sunday after Thanksgiving.

Best time for Los Altos Festival of Lights Parade 2020

The hour-long Los Altos Festival of Lights Parade starts at State and 1st St, marches through downtown and ends at the corner of Whitney St & 3rd St. The event is produced by a non-profit, all-volunteer organization of community members and is funded by donations.

Best time to see Los Altos Festival of Lights Parade 2020

Los Altos is located in Santa Clara County, in Northern Silicon Valley.