Illuminated Holiday Parade & Tree Lighting

Saturday, December 4, 2021

Illuminated Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting

Saturday, December 4 (Rain date Sunday, December 5)

5:25PM - Tree Lighting Ceremony begins in Market Square

6:00PM - Parade kicks off from Goodwin Park area on Islington St.

Non-perishable food donations are accepted by volunteers walking the parade route. Please support our local food pantries.

Parade Rules, Regulations & Application


2021 parade application will be posted as of September 15. For reference, 2019 application, rules and regulations link is below.

Click Here for the parade application, and information on all rules and regulations governing participation in the parade.  

Parking & Transportation


Foundry Place Garage 

Portsmouth's free parking shuttle operates from 4 p.m to 11 p.m. This shuttle allows for easy parking at the Connect Community Church's parking lot off Market Street, and quick transportation to the downtown at the Hanover Street bus stop - all free of charge.

High/Hanover Parking Garage: $1.75 per hour standard rates apply.

Road Closures & Detours


Click here for details from the Portsmouth Police Department about street closures and detours. 

Parade Route

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


Grand Marshal


Each year a Grand Marshal is chosen who exemplifies the good work that has been done in Portsmouth. 

The Tree