Illuminated Holiday Parade & Tree Lighting

Illuminated Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting

Holiday parade 2022 save the date


Parade Rules, Regulations & Application

Parking & Transportation


For Parking Information, Location, & Rates, please click here to be redirected to ParkPortsmouth.

On the night of the parade, there are many street closures and restrictions. On street parking is not recommended. Click here for details.

Road Closures & Detours


Road closures surrounding Market Square begin at 4 pm. 

Click here for details from the Portsmouth Police Department about street closures and detours as the parade date nears.

Parade Route

Holiday Parade Route
Viewing of the parade for spectators starts at Summer/Islington Street.


Grand Marshal


Stay tuned for our 2022 Grand Marshal Announcement!

The Tree


The Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony begins at 5:00pm with music from the Portsmouth Holiday Ensemble. At 5:25pm the Portsmouth Mayor begins remarks, and at 5:29.50pm the Tree Lighting Countdown begins.