Nothing lights up a dark winter night like the sights and sounds of a festive Christmas Parade. Folks of all ages will brave a cool winter breeze to gather along the streets of downtown Bakersfield in anticipation of the arrival of brightly decorated floats with their colorful characters and Jolly Old St. Nick in his bright shining sleigh. Join us as we watch the magic begin and ordinary streets turn into something very special. “Stories of Christmas” is the theme for this year’s event and some 100 entries will adorn the streets of downtown Bakersfield with Christmas themed floats, light displays, marching bands, drill teams, horse drawn carriages, community groups, classic vehicles, and live performances by local youths. What used to be just a GREAT PARADE has now become a destination for excitement and an afternoon and evening of fun for all!
Come and join more than 20,000 of our ‘closest friends’ expected to celebrate at this year’s parade and share in the “Spirit of Christmas”. This unique free community event inspires delight and wonder for the young and young at heart and there is something for absolutely everyone! Be there to explore one of our newly formed “Christmas Square” Marketplaces where you can enjoy delicious food from local Food Vendors and check out the Children’s Activity Centers. These child friendly areas are provided by local Sponsors and will host free fun activities for children of all ages.