Friday, November 29, 2013
6:00pm Parade Step Off at 3rd & Mill
Enjoy the beauty of the holiday season amid the glittering lights of the Mill Avenue District as the 19th annual parade celebrates “Santa’s Workshop!” the day after Thanksgiving. The parade includes as many as 40 units, including floats, balloons, clowns, novelty units, marching bands, and the arrival of Santa Claus. The parade proceeds down Mill Avenue from 3rd Street and turns on 7th Street to proceed through Centerpoint Plaza, where Tempe’s festively decorated holiday tree awaits ceremonial lighting at the conclusion of the parade.
Don’t miss the Fantasy of Lights Tree Lighting Ceremony Presented by State Farm, in Centerpoint Plaza at the conclusion of the parade. Emcees Mark & Monica from 98.7 The Peak will host the Tree Lighting ceremony and the Mayor of Tempe assists honored guests in the countdown. A special invited guest, Santa Claus, takes the stage for his official duties and then takes his seat in Centerpoint Plaza to hear children’s special gift requests. Downtown Tempe Community, Inc. will offer free Santa photos for families, which will be posted online for download.
PARADE PARTICIPANTS WANTED - Families, neighborhoods, and groups are invited to enter the parade with floats, bands, marching units, equestrian units, and other novelty marching units.
Families, neighborhoods, organizations, and businesses can participate in the Fantasy of Lights Parade. The parade requires lighting standards to assure entertainment value for spectators.
Click here for Fantasy of Lights Opening Night Parade street closures.
Saturday, December 14, 2013
Tempe Beach Park, Tempe Town Lake
5:00 p.m. Event Opens to Public
6:00 p.m. Arrival of Santa Clause to Tempe Beach Park
7:00 p.m. Boat Parade Begins
Free Admission for Spectators
Light up the night and be dazzled at the Valley’s most unique holiday event---the Fantasy of Lights Boat Parade Presented by SRP at Tempe Town Lake. Begun in 1999, the Boat Parade will feature as many as 50 festively lighted boats of all sizes. After dark, more than a thousand luminaria will illuminate the sidewalks and paths of Tempe Beach Park, a special display provided by Tempe South Rotary. Special guest, Santa Claus, will hear children’s gift requests in Tempe Beach Park. Bring your camera! Radio Disney presents a main stage filled with live entertainment for families and kids. Downtown Tempe Community, Inc. will offer free Santa photos for families, which will be posted online for download.
Fireworks will light up the night, too. The Fantasy of Lights Boat Parade fireworks finale will conclude the light-filled night following the end of the boat parade. Spectator admission is free to the public. No viewing will be allowed from Mill Avenue bridges.
BOATERS WANTED: Families, individuals, and companies are invited to enter the boat parade with their own lighted and decorated water craft.
Thank you to our sponsors:
Achen-Gardner Construction, Gannett Fleming, Kiwanis Club of Tempe, Limelight Networks, Tempe Boat Rentals