It’s the most wonderful time of the year! With the holidays around the corner, the season brings glorious feasts, quality family time, and joyous celebration. There’s nothing quite like a festive parade to put everyone in the holiday spirit. Who doesn’t love decorated floats, twinkling lights, marching bands and live performances? While most towns put on an impressive holiday showing, some cities pull out all the stops. There are simply some places that know how to throw a parade that will entertain and inspire all those who are lucky enough to attend. If you’re looking to cross a few destinations off your parade bucket list, we’ve compiled the 5 most spectacular holiday parades in the USA.
1) Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade
Is there anything more heartwarming than celebrating the season with Disney characters by your side? Beginning November 9th, you can witness one the most entertaining parades in America. Located on the iconic Main Street in Magic Kingdom, experience the joy of dancing gingerbread, marching toy soldiers, and a special appearance by none other than Santa Claus. If you’re looking to attend a memorable (and magical) parade that’s fit for the entire family, look no further than Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime extravaganza. This festive procession transforms the entire park into a magnificent playground that is perfect for inspiring holiday cheer.
2) Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
Arguably the most legendary parade, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade graces our list for obvious reasons. Featuring some of the nation’s most iconic balloons (Pikachu) and floats (Snoopy’s Doghouse), it’s no surprise that the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has become an American staple. Located in the heart of NYC, the procession features world-renowned performing artists and the country’s best high school marching bands. This year will feature performances by the Goo Goo Dolls and Wyclef Jean (among others), for a very impressive lineup. If tradition is your priority, this parade should be at the top of your list.
3) Children’s Christmas Parade
Atlanta hosts one of the largest and most dazzling holiday parades in the southeast. Spectators will feel like they’ve entered a winter wonderland distinguished by magnificent balloons, spirited dancers, and incredible marching bands. What’s even better? The parade benefits a great cause – Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. There’s nothing more spirited than giving back to your community. In addition to the parade, you can participate in several local traditions to kick off your morning. Whether you prefer Breakfast With Santa or Smiles For The Season, a joyous breakfast with characters and crafts is the best way to start your day! If you’re looking for a worthy cause and a great way to embrace the holidays, look no further than the Children’s Christmas Parade.
4) McDonalds’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
When it comes to Thanksgiving Day Parades. it’s tough to compete with Macy’s but Chicago puts up a noble fight. The McDonald’s’ Thanksgiving Day Parade is quite impressive with its grandiose floats, equestrian units, and talented marching bands. The parade route is approximately 1 mile long so there’s plenty of watch spots and chances to catch a glimpse of the awesomeness. Have no fear, Ronald McDonald will be making an appearance to ensure the festivities are extra special. After soaking in the glory of the parade, finish the day with some classic deep-dish pizza in the heart of Chicago.
5) Calistoga Lighted Tractor Parade
If you’re seeking a unique parade with a small-town vibe, look no further than the Calistoga Lighted Tractor Parade. This charming event takes place in Napa Valley and features a spectacular array of modern tractors, antique trucks, and construction equipment. Calistoga has a rich agricultural heritage and the citizens of this small town honor their roots by celebrating the tractors and trucks that defined their community. As if the parade wasn’t entertaining enough, this quaint town also has an impressive lineup of events and activities. From caroling to lighting the village tree, there’s something for everyone in the family. Those lucky enough to attend the Calistoga Lighted Tractor Parade will not be disappointed by this very special experience.
If you’re looking to inspire some holiday cheer, a parade is a perfect way to get into the spirit. Whether you prefer a more traditional parade known for ginormous floats and marching bands or a procession with some charm and flare, we can all agree that parades are fun for everyone. Parades bring people together to celebrate and that’s what the holidays are all about – spending time with the ones you love and creating memories for a lifetime. If you’re looking for an activity to inspire holiday cheer, consider rallying the family to attend one of these magnificent parades. You’ll be spreading the holiday spirit in no time!