(Holiday) Cheers to 41 years: Parade of Lights returns downtown

We’ve got the deets on Fort Worth’s beloved holiday tradition.


Downtown Fort Worth Inc., presents the GM Financial Parade of Lights

Photos by Tim Brewstowski

Are you ready for the most wonderful time of the year, Fort Worth? The Parade of Lights — one of the city’s most cherished seasonal events — will celebrate its 41st year of bringing holiday cheer to downtown this Sunday, Nov. 19.

This year’s theme is “Holiday Magic” with TCU head coach Sonny Dykes as the Grand Marshal. An opening ceremony will kick off the festive fun at 6 p.m. at Weatherford and Throckmorton Streets.

Here’s what you need to know ahead of Texas’ largest illuminated holiday parade.

By the numbers

  • 100+ floats will parade through downtown
  • 500,000 lights will illuminate the city
  • 100,000 people are expected to attend, so get there early
  • 35 streets will be closed on Sunday starting at 4 p.m.

Parade route and schedule

The parade will commence shortly after 6 p.m. and take about 40 minutes to make its way through downtown. Here’s the route it will follow:

  • East on Weatherford Street to Commerce Street
  • South to 9th Street
  • West to Houston Street
  • North on 2nd Street
  • West to Throckmorton
  • South to 3rd Street

Once the parade concludes, families can take pictures with Santa, grab a hot chocolate, and check out the Sundance Square Christmas tree.

Last-minute pro tips

Free and paid parking options (inside garages) are available throughout the area. Meters are free on the weekend or avoid traffic and take the TEXRail into Central Station, about two blocks from the parade route.

Ensure you have the best seat by purchasing a street-side ticket in advance for $25+. You can also watch the route from the sidewalk but expect the best seats to be chosen pretty early.

If you’d rather stay warm indoors, you can watch the parade on channel KTXA 21.