37th Annual Holiday Parade

The Holiday Parade is a long-time tradition for the Billings community to usher in the holiday season on the Friday after Thanksgiving. With families gathered for the weekend to eat and shop, the Holiday Parade is a great way to celebrate the season by joining the community to see over 60 holiday floats decorated for the holiday theme with Santa riding as the parade finale.

This year’s parade is presented by out team at the Downtown Billings Alliance and TDS Fiber.

 

Parade Registration Coming Fall 2022

 

Parade Theme

2022 theme TBD

The 2021 Parade theme was “A Cartoon Celebration”

All entries are required to decorate for the holiday theme. Avoid any plain vehicles or trailers from being part of your parade entry. DO NOT include a Santa in your entry as the one and only Santa in the parade sits on the float that closes the parade each year.

Parade Safety Message – Please Read!

Resources

A new parade route was introduced in 2021, the parade route no longer crosses N. 27th St. The new route begins at 2nd Ave. N. and N. 32nd St.(near Granite Tower). The route heads east on 2nd Ave. N. (toward Skypoint), turns north (left) on N. Broadway, and turns west (left) in one block onto 3rd Ave. N., ending at N. 32nd St.

The float staging are no longer takes place east of N. 27th St. The new staging area will take place on streets just west of the parade starting point (between Division and N. 32nd St.) A detailed map of the staging area will be emailed to each entry. Each entry is to be assigned a staging location prior to the parade start time.

Route & Staging Map

  1. Detailed Participant Instructions
  2. Route & Staging Map
  3. Parade Line-Up COMING THE WEEK OF EVENT
If you are available to lend a hand from 5:00pm to 6:45pm before the parade please email Frontdesk@downtownbillings.com!
If you are interested in sponsoring the Downtown Billings holidays happenings email our Community Engagment & Events Director, Lindsay at LRichardson@downtownbillings.com and she can share current sponsorship opportunities.

2021 – Cartoon Celebration

  • Best Overall Entry – Light the World
  • Best Float – Sons of Norway, Jotunheimen Lodge
  • Best Musical Entry – Caledonian Pipes & Drums
  • Best Interpretation of the Theme – Altana Credit Union
  • Best Costumes – City of Billings MET Transit
  • Best performers – Plenty Coups High School Indian Club
  • Most Original Entry – Optimist Clubs of Yellowstone County
  • DBA Staff Favorite – Auto Recovery Towing

2019 – Let it Snow

  • Best Overall Entry – KTVQ – Q2 News
  • Best Float – Light the World
  • Best Musical Entry – New Life Church Children’s Choir
  • Best Interpretation of the Theme – KTVQ- Q2 News
  • Best Costumes – St. Luke’s Episcopal Church
  • Best performers – Movement Montana
  • Most Original Entry – White Aspen Ranch
  • DBA Staff Favorite – Big Sky Country RC Addicts

2018 – Holiday’s Around the World

  • Best Overall Entry – Santa’s Sleigh, Darwin & Theresa George
  • Best Float – Sons of Norway, Jotunheimen Lodge
  • Best Musical Entry – Crow Fair, 2019 Crow Royalty
  • Best Interpretation of the Theme – Pioneer Oil
  • Best Costumes – Troy’s Grooming
  • Best performers – Movement Montana
  • Most Original Entry – Rivers Ridge Landscaping Co.
  • Posted on: November 25, 2022

36th Annual Holiday Parade

The Holiday Parade is a long-time tradition for the Billings community to usher in the holiday season on the Friday after Thanksgiving. With families gathered for the weekend to eat and shop, the Holiday Parade is a great way to celebrate the season by joining the community to see over 60 holiday floats decorated for the holiday theme with Santa riding as the parade finale.

Parade Theme

“Cartoon Celebrations”

There is an abundance of holiday cartoon classics and this theme offers you a chance to share your favorites with the community; whether it’s Charlie Brown & Snoopy, Frosty, Rudolf, Elf, etc.

All entries are required to decorate for the holiday theme. Avoid any plain vehicles or trailers from being part of your parade entry. DO NOT include a Santa in your entry as the one and only Santa in the parade sits on the float that closes the parade each year.

Parade Safety Message – Please Read!

Resources

There is a NEW parade route, the new route no longer crosses N. 27th St. The new route begins at 2nd Ave. N. and N. 32nd St.(near Granite Tower). The route heads east on 2nd Ave. N. (toward Skypoint), turns north (left) on N. Broadway, and turns west (left) in one block onto 3rd Ave. N., ending at N. 32nd St.

The float staging are no longer takes place east of N. 27th St. The new staging area will take place on streets just west of the parade starting point (between Division and N. 32nd St.) A detailed map of the staging area will be emailed to each entry. Each entry is to be assigned a staging location prior to the parade start time.

Route & Staging Map

Volunteer Sign-up link! If you are available to lend a hand from 5:00pm to 6:45pm before the parade please email Frontdesk@downtownbillings.com!
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  • Posted on: November 26, 2021

Holiday Parade

The Holiday Parade is a long-time tradition for the Billings community to usher in the holiday season on the Friday after Thanksgiving. With families gathered for the weekend to eat and shop, the Holiday Parade is a great way to celebrate the season by joining the community to see over 100 floats decorated for the holiday theme with Santa riding as the parade finale.

Parade Theme

“Let it Snow”

We encourage all participants to create a float that depicts snow.

Parade Safety Message – Please Read!

Resources


Coming soon.
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Parade Packet

For parade participants.


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Coming soon!
Coming soon!

  • Posted on: November 29, 2019