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.

Durham Holiday Parade


Holiday Parade


Saturday, December 8, 2018
10 a.m.
Downtown Durham - Main Street

Free Event
Rain or Shine

  • Floats
  • Bands
  • Mascots
  • Vendors
Seating will not be provided. Spectators are encouraged to bring their own chairs and blankets.

Parade Route & Maps


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


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 8 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


Check back during fall 2018 for parade participant sign-up!

Parade Food Vendor Information


Please check back soon for parade vendor information.

Parade Volunteer Information


Please check back during fall 2018 for volunteer information.

Photos from the 2017 Holiday Parade are available on our Facebook Page.  

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


Fun Fest

 
Saturday, December 8, 2018
1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Location TBD

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
  • 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 Volunteer Information


Please check back in fall 2018 for volunteer opportunities.


Fun Fest Vendor Information

Please check back soon for vendor opportunities.


Fun Fest Event Sponsorship

Sponsorship opportunities are available. For information contact Cynthia Booth

Photos from the 2017 Fun Fest can be found on our Facebook Page.

For information about the Fun Fest, contact Kristin Perez.