America's Best Christmas Parades
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Mayor's Annual Christmas Parade, Baltimore
The Grinch that stole Christmas makes his appearance at the Mayor's Annual Christmas Parade in a city rich in Christmas traditions, Baltimore. The 2.5-mile-long parade route also features the Baltimore Marching Ravens band, Harley Davidson motorcycles and Santa’s dancing elf girls.
Christmas Boat Parade, Newport Beach
Billed as "Newport Beach’s Christmas card to the world," the 105th annual Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade in Newport Beach, California features decorated yachts, boats, kayaks and canoes. The boats travel along the harbor for five nights in December to welcome in the holiday season.
A Christmas Fantasy Parade, Disneyland
Goofy decorates a gingerbread house on a float in Disneyland's "A Christmas Fantasy Parade." The parade in Anaheim, California, is an annual Disney tradition, traveling down Main Street, U.S.A., with seven parade units on display.
Children's Christmas Parade, Atlanta
Festive balloons make their way down Atlanta's streets as part of the Children's Christmas Parade. The parade, now more than 30 years strong, benefits Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. Held the first Saturday in December, the parade typically draws crowds in excess of 500,000, making it the largest holiday parade in the Southeast.
Reston Holiday Parade, Virginia
Everyone’s always talking about Santa, but what about the missus? The Reston Holiday Parade sees Mrs. Claus and Santa make the rounds in a horse-drawn carriage. Each year, thousands of jingle bells are handed out to spectators to ring in the magic of the Christmas season.
Target Holidazzle, Minneapolis
Held in Andrew Zimmern’s hometown of Minneapolis, the Target Holidazzle parade features a hi-tech show with colorful special effects. A fixture of downtown Minneapolis’ shopping district, Nicollet Mall, the parade has been an annual tradition since 1992, drawing crowds upwards of 300,000 people.
Sparks Hometowne Christmas, Nevada
Any parade that’s more than 150 years old had to make our list. Sparks Hometowne Christmas in Sparks, Nevada kicks off with a ceremonial tree lighcarolersollers and some pretty rocking entertainment — ever seen dancing horses? And since you’re in the Silver State, it’s just a six-hour drive to Las Vegas for a Christmas Miracle, Vegas-style.
Holiday Boat Parade, Honolulu
Christmas season just got a little more tropical with the "Festival of Lights" Christmas Boat Parade in happening Honolulu. For over 20 years, this annual parade has showcased boats decked out with lights as they glide down the Hawaii Kai Marina waterway. Arrive early to see Hawaii’s own liberty belles.
Hollywood Christmas Parade
An annual tradition for more than 80 years, the Hollywood Christmas Parade takes place on the Sunday after Thanksgiving in iconic Hollywood. The parade stretches 3.5 miles, along famed Hollywood Boulevard.
Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade, Orlando
Christmas in Orlando kicks off with the Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade. Disney’s entourage of stars, from Mickey and Minnie to Donald Duck and Scrooge McDuck, parade down Main Street, U.S.A.