Holiday parades abound this time of year, but the signature event for Denver is the 9NEWS Parade of Lights that takes place Friday, December 6 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, December 7 at 6 p.m. See marching bands, dazzling floats, giant balloon characters and horse-drawn carriages illuminated with sparkling lights. Our spies tell us to expect an appearance by Santa Claus, himself. It’s likely to be chilly, so grab your hot chocolate, ear muffs and bundle up.
While a limited number of grandstand tickets are sold for seating in front of the City & County Building, where the parade starts, spectators can watch for FREE all along the two-mile route: on Tremont between 14th & 17th Streets, on 17th Street from Tremont to Arapahoe, on Arapahoe between 17th & 15th Streets and on 15th Street from Arapahoe to Glenarm.
To avoid parking hassles, take RTD Light Rail and/or the 16th Street FREE Mall Shuttle. Mall shuttles will NOT operate during the one-hour parade, but will be running before and after. RTD’s Light Rail H, F and D-lines will bring spectators directly to the parade route. However, during the parade these lines will be temporarily suspended on Stout and California between 14th and 18th Streets.
For more information, call 303-534-6161.