Illuminated Holiday Parade & Tree Lighting
Parade Rules, Regulations & Application
Registrations will be available in the fall.
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. Details and information on the Holiday Parade Vintage Parking Shuttle will be available soon.
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.
Will be selected and announced in the fall.
A tree is donated every year for display in Market Square.
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.