Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting

The 2021 Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting is on Saturday December 4th at 5:30PM.

Parade Route and Street Closures:

The parade will disembark at 5:30PM down Brinkerhoff street, making a left turn onto Oak Street, a right turn onto Court Street, a right onto Margaret Street and will end at the intersection of Margaret Street and Broad Street.

Street closures will begin at 2:00PM and will immediately end following the parade route. The following intersections/streets will be closed during this timeframe

  • ​Intersection of Brinkerhoff and Beekman Street
  • Intersection of Brinkerhoff and Wells Street
  • Intersection of Brinkerhoff and William Street
  • Intersection of Brinkerhoff and Pleasant Street
  • Intersection of Brinkerhoff and N. Catherine Street
  • Intersection of Brinkerhoff and Oak Street
  • Intersection of Oak and Court Street
  • Intersection of Court and Marion Street
  • Intersection of Court and Margaret Street
  • Intersection of Margaret and Bridge Street
  • Intersection of Margaret and Brinkerhoff Street
  • Intersection of Margaret and Division Street
  • Intersection of Margaret and Broad Street
  • Intersection of Margaret Street and Protection Ave
  • Intersection of Margaret Street and Cornelia Street
  • Intersection of North Catherine Street and Cornelia Street​

Parade Theme and Grand Marshal

This year the City of Plattsburgh is pleased to announce the 2021 Holiday Parade Theme: Superheroes Celebrating the Holidays. Whether it's Batman building a snowman, or Wonder Woman walking in a Winter's Wonderland, we are expecting to see fantastical mashups of our favorite superheroes doing festive things on Saturday December 4th.

Over the past 18 months, our community has come together in the face of adversity and one local super hero that always rises to the challenge is local journalist and Mountain Lake PBS anchor, Thom Hallock. We are honored to announce that Thom will be serving as this year's parade Grand Marshal and very own hometown superhero. 

Pre and Post Parade Events

The pre-parade “warm-up” show will begin at 5:00PM at the Judging Stand accross from The Strand Center for the Arts. It will include a dance performance by Nancy Langlois School of Dance and a family-friendly hip-hop set performed by local group, Antwon Levee & Dust. The parade will begin at 5:30PM. Immediately following the Parade will be a performance by Center Stage Dance Studio and local acapella group, Fermata Nowhere.

The tree lighting will be held at the intersection of Margaret and Brinkerhoff Streets, on the lawn of The Strand Center for the Arts, followed by a showing of Home Alone in the newly completed Theatre at 25 Brinkerhoff. These events, presented by The Strand Center for the Arts, are free and open to the public. Masks are required within the theatre. **Updated 11/08/2021: All theatre patrons 12 years old and up must show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination for entry to Strand Center Theatre events, OR proof of negative COVID-19 test results within 72 hours prior to the event. More info at strandcenter.org/covid**

Parade Registration Details

Space is limited, but floats and walking groups are encouraged to sign up until the deadline of 4:00PM Monday November 29th. The parade registration form can be found here or via the city's Facebook page. For more information on signing up or to volunteer, email meisenheimerc@cityofplattsburgh-ny.gov or call 518-536-7526.

Parade Route and Contest Details

The parade will disembark at 5:30PM and will travel down Brinkerhoff Street making a turn onto Oak Street, to Court Street and traveling east on Margaret Street where it will finish at the intersection of Margaret and Broad Street.

In keeping with tradition, parade participants will be judged on their representation of holiday spirit and the theme: Superheroes Celebrate the Holidays. The winner will be chosen by the Mayor of Plattsburgh, the Parade Grand Marshal and members of the Common Council.

CVPH Santa Run Event Prior to Holiday Parade

The Foundation of CVPH is hosting a Super Santa 5K Relay & Elf Dash at 3:00 P.M.  The 5K Relay (teams of four runners) will each run .625 from downtown (Betty Little Arts Park)  to William Street and back and pass off a candy cane to the next runner.  The Elf Dash will run the same route one time.  Proceeds from this run will be used to purchase a bassinet for the Alice T. Miner Women and Children’s Center.  Registration prior to December 4 is $20, same day registration $25.  For more details and to register go to www.adirondackcoastevents.com