Illuminated Holiday Parade & Tree Lighting

Illuminated Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting

Holiday Parade 2023 Postcard image


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.

Parade Route

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


Grand Marshal


Will be selected and announced in the fall.

The Tree


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.