Celebration of Lights Holiday Parade

Celebration of Lights "Candyland" Parade

Celebration of Lights LogoModesto's annual Celebration of Lights, "Candyland" theme for 2019, is scheduled for Saturday, December 7, 2019.  This celebration is filled with many family-friendly events such as a Breakfast with Santa, Dickens' Faire and Modesto Certified Farmer's Market.  Join us at 5:30 PM for our annual Holiday Parade.  

Following the parade will be the Rockin' Holiday Tree Lighting and the opening of Downtown Rockin' Holidays presented by Sierra Pacific, ModestoView, Collins Electric, VooDoo Lighting and the City of Modesto.   Downtown Rockin' Holidays will be occurring every weekend until Christmas with live music, snow, Santa and more.

Entry Information

Remember to keep the theme, “Candyland”, in mind as you plan and design your entry (theme examples: Candy Canes, Gingerbread and incorporating Red and White colors in your float). Your entry will be judged based on your use of the theme, lights, music and other general areas. 

Parade Rules and Entry Application

Entry applications are due in our office by 4:30 PM on Thursday, October 31st.  Late entries will be accepted for an additional charge up to 4:30 PM on Tuesday, November 12th. 

Prior to completing your Entry application, please review the Parade rules.  

Submitting your Entry Application

Applications are accepted on a first-come first-serve basis using one of the below options.   

  1. Online (New option this year)
    Submit your application and pay your fees online.  
  2. By Mail
    Tony Amaral
    City of Modesto Parks, Recreation and Neighborhoods Department
    PO Box 642
    Modesto, CA  95353
  3. Hand Deliver to Office
    Parks, Recreation and Neighborhoods Department
    1010 10th Street, Suite 4400
  4. Hand Deliver to Senior Center
    Senior Citizens Center
    211 Bodem Street

Important Note:  To ensure your spot, submit your application as soon as possible. Once parade reaches full capacity, applications received prior to deadline will go on waitlist.  Waitlist entries are not guaranteed to be in parade.  

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