Holiday Parade and Fun Fest

Kick off the holiday season at the Durham Holiday Parade and Fun Fest! 

Join us for the Holiday Parade as dynamic floats, hometown bands, drill teams, schools and community groups make their way down Main Street. The parade will conclude with a special guest appearance by Santa.

At the Fun Fest, enjoy snow sledding, inflatable bounce houses, arts and crafts activities, visits with Santa, train rides, music, and more.

Volunteers Needed


This event wouldn't be possible without volunteers! If you would like to volunteer for the Holiday Parade or Fun Fest, please visit ivolunteer to sign up.

Durham Holiday Parade


Holiday Parade


Saturday, December 2, 2017
11 a.m.
Downtown Durham - Main Street

Free Event
Rain or Shine

  • Floats
  • Bands
  • Mascots
  • Vendors
Grand Marshals: Mayor William V. "Bill" Bell & Mayor-elect Steve Schewel

Seating will not be provided. Spectators are encouraged to bring their own chairs and blankets.

Parade Route & Maps

Parade Route Map | Parade Staging Area
The parade will start at the Health Department (Main and Dillard Streets) and end near Duke University East Campus (Main Street and Buchanan Boulevard). 

Parade Performance Areas


Parade Lineup
Designated performance areas will be located near the following intersections: Mangum and Main streets, Chapel Hill and Main streets, and Duke and Main streets.


Parade Restrooms


Temporary restroom stations will be located near the following intersections: Mangum and Main streets, Chapel Hill and Main streets, and Duke and Main streets.

Parade Parking


Locations Cost
Chapel Hill Street Garage $5
Corcoran Street Garage $5
Church Street Garage $5
Durham Centre City Garage $5
Durham County Justice Center $2 for first hour / $1 each additional hour

Please note: There will be no parking on Main Street on December 2 beginning at 6 a.m. Parking violators will be towed. The street will close to vehicular traffic at 7 a.m. All roads will reopen no later than 2 p.m.

Parade Participants


The parade participant sign up for bands and general units (anything except floats and food vendors) has been extended through Sunday, November 26 at 8 p.m.! Sign up is now available online. Please note you will also need to fill out a parade participant application and email it to Rukea.Womack@durhamnc.gov.

Parade Food Vendor Information


Food vendor opportunities are available. If you would like to be a vendor, submit a vendor application. For questions or more information about parade food vendors, contact Tina Chavis.

Parade Volunteer Information


Interested in volunteering for the parade? Visit ivolunteer to sign up.


Photos from the 2016 Holiday Parade are available on our Facebook Page. The parade can also be viewed on YouTube.

For information about the parade, contact Rukea Womack.
Holiday Fun Fest


Fun Fest

 
Saturday, December 2, 2017
1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
American Tobacco Campus, 318 Blackwell Street

Free Event
Rain or Shine


Fun Fest Activities

  • Peppermint Plunge – Snow sledding for children and adults (sleds will be provided, please do not bring a sled) + two snow play areas
  • North Pole – Santa Claus Meet & Greet
  • Frosty Family Fun – Arts & Crafts provided by the Durham Arts Council and Lowe's, Face Painters, Train Rides, Inflatable Slide, Bounce House, Toddler Playland, & Pony Rides
  • Community Care Corner – Decorate holiday cards for homebound individuals in our community
  • Vendors – Local businesses will be giving out information as well as selling arts & crafts, etc.

Fun Fest Map


Fun Fest Map
The Fun Fest will take place at American Tobacco Campus.

Holiday Fun Fest Parking

Locations Cost
South Parking Deck  $5
East Parking Deck $5
North Parking Deck $5
Corcoran Street Garage $5
Church Street Garage $5
Durham County Justice Center Deck $2 for first hour / $1 each additional hour

Fun Fest Volunteer Information


Interested in volunteering for Fun Fest? Visit ivolunteer to sign up.


Fun Fest Vendor Information

Education/Non-profit, Artists/Natural Crafts, and Non-food vendor opportunities are available. If you would like to be a vendor, submit a vendor application


Fun Fest Event Sponsorship

Sponsorship opportunities are available. For information contact Cynthia Booth

Photos from the 2016 Fun Fest can be found on our Facebook Page.

For information about the Fun Fest, contact Kristin Perez.


Thank you to our 2017 event sponsors!

Univision
Radio One
Durham Magazine
CBS
Toys for Tots
Lowe's