Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting


Monday, December 5th, 2016

Downtown Temple

Tree lighting ceremony: 6:15 p.m.
Parade: 6:30 p.m.


The Annual Temple Tree Lighting and Christmas Parade has brought delight and holiday cheer to Temple residents for many years. Join us on the First Monday in December for one of the largest lighted Christmas parades in Texas and help welcome Santa Clause to Downtown Temple!

On Monday, December 5th, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. the tradition continues as dozens of colorful floats, marching bands, and decorated rides make their way through downtown Temple, each covered with hundreds of lights! This years parade theme is "It's Christmas! A Time for Peace, Love and Joy"

Join the community to watch local businesses, groups, and dignitaries parade through Downtown Temple in celebration of Christmas and to welcome Santa Claus to Central Texas. 

Immediately before the parade, we will light up the Municipal Building's decorations and the City's Christmas tree. 
For more information email or call Holly Leiferman at 298-5440. 

  1. Schedule
  2. Parade Route
  3. Rules & Regulations

Schedule of Activities

  • 4:00 pm – 6th and 8th Streets closed for parade entries
  • 4:30 pm – Come early to get a great seat in the bleachers in front of City Hall, visit the local shops for some early Christmas shopping, or enjoy a leisurely meal in any of our Downtown restaurants.
  • 5:45 pm– No traffic allowed down Adams Avenue
  • 6:15 pm- Mayor Danny Dunn will light the Municipal Building's holiday decorations and the City's Christmas tree located in the municipal parking lot of City Hall (2 N. Main Street).
  • 6:30 pm – Parade begins featuring over 100 illuminated entries.
    • Entries featuring community groups and supporters from around Temple.
    • Local personalities from around Central Texas on our announcer stands!
    • The parade takes approximately 90 minutes to traverse the entire route.
  • 7:20 pm– Santa begins his trip down the parade route on a specially designed float.