This longstanding and cherished holiday tradition in Tempe has been around for over 20 years. The parade will feature as many as 40 units, including floats, balloons, clowns, novelty units, marching bands, and the arrival of Santa Claus. The parade proceeds through Downtown Tempe. At the conclusion of the parade is the Fantasy of Lights Tree Lighting Ceremony in Centerpoint Plaza. Santa Claus will perform his official duties and then take a seat in Centerpoint Plaza to hear children’s special gift requests. Families are encouraged to bring their own camera for free selfies with Santa.
The parade launches from Mill Avenue at Rio Salado and heads south on Mill, it then turns right on 7th street through Centerpoint Plaza and heads north on Maple where it concludes.