9NEWS Parade of Lights
December 6 at 8 p.m.
December 7 at 6 p.m.
The 9NEWS Parade of Lights is the signature event of the Downtown Denver holiday season. The sparkling lights, marching bands, giant balloons, majestic floats and delightful characters will once again wow hundreds of thousands.
Spectator viewing for the parade is free all along the two-mile route, with downtown Denver's skyline providing a stunning background for the lights and sounds of the parade.
Convenient grandstand seating is available at the start of the parade route across from the beautifully lit City & County Building. Learn more about grandstand tickets.
Make a Night of It!
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More Holiday Events
While you're downtown find even more Holiday Events taking place during the Parade of Lights Weekend and throughout the holiday season.
How To Get To The Parade!
- LIGHT RAIL: Highly recommended! Avoid parking hassles and take RTD's light rail into downtown for the parade. Enjoy uninterrupted service before and after the parade and lots of parking at RTD park-n-Ride locations.
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- 16TH STREET MALL SHUTTLE: From anywhere in downtown you can take the FREE shuttle that runs up and down the 16th Street Mall to great parade viewing locations. Mall shuttles will not operate during the one-hour parade, but will be running before and after the parade.
- PARKING: Come early, stay late. On the day of the parade, we recommend heading downtown a few hours early. You can park easily, enjoy downtown's shopping, dining and entertainment options, and then see the Parade of Lights.
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NOTE: The parade will cause temporary street closures.
Get a complete list of street closures and closure times