Free Admission for Spectators
For over 20 years the Fantasy of Lights Opening Night Parade sponsored by Wells Fargo, brings over 35,000 spectators to downtown Tempe. This beloved community tradition brings a varied lineup of parade units including floats, marching bands, and novelty units. It’s on this day that Mill Avenue’s trees are lit with thousands of lights that remain throughout the holiday season.
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. Following the parade, Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital sponsors our annual tree lighting ceremony at Centerpoint plaza. Santa’s lap is then available for requests and photos.
Our parade units consist of families, schools, non profits, city departments and business. We highly encourage new entries! Your hard work could pay off if you win one of these cash prizes:
Best Community $1000
Best Performance $1000
Best Commercial $1000
5pm - Centerpoint Plaza-entertainment begins as well as a Holiday shopping with our 6th Street Market vendors
6pm - Parade begins!
7pm - Tree lighting ceremony
7:15pm - 9pm - Visits with Santa, entertainment and shopping
First Place Winners:
Hayden Ferry Neighborhood Girl Scout Troop
A big thank you to our sponsors:
Tree Lighting Ceremony Presented by: