Encinitas Holiday Parade

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Name: Encinitas Holiday Parade
Date: December 1, 2018
Time: 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM PST
Event Description:
Encinitas' favorite holiday tradition for the 61st Year! Put it on your calendar. Nearly 100 parade entries will roll, march, cycle, scoot and cruise down the Coast Highway on the most magical night of the year.

The 2018 parade theme is “Botanical Oasis”.  This year’s Parade theme ties in perfectly with the Holiday Parade Committee’s selection of Julian Duval as the 2018 Parade Grand Marshal, retiring in January after 24 years of leadership as President and CEO of the San Diego Botanic Garden (formerly Quail Gardens). 

At 5:00 pm there is the Tree Lighting ceremony with a brief appearance by Santa at the Lumberyard (near Starbucks coffee).  

Parade begins at 5:30 PM, and ends about 7:30 pm.

Thousands of people will be on floats and in bands with tens of thousands more cheering them on as the 2018 Encinitas Holiday Parade rolls along Coast Highway 101 on Saturday, December 1st – 5:30-7:30pm  

OK to arrive at 4PM to pick your spot.  Bring your blanket, beach chairs (perferably), and your parade wave!

Parking Shuttles - Don't stress over finding a parking space downtown, take advantage of our FREE parking shuttles that run from San Dieguito Academy High School (parking lot located on the corner of Melba Road and Nardo Road) or from the YMCA/Ecke Sports Park parking lot on Saxony Road. Both shuttles start running at 4pm and go until 8:30pm. The ADA accessible bus runs from the San Dieguito Academy location. Shuttles run approximately every 20 minutes and will drop you off at the NCTD bus station on Vulcan Avenue, just a half block from the Parade route. 

Avoid congestion, come early and stay late, enjoy Coast Highway 101 shops and restaurants.

Interested in having an entry in the Parade?  (Hurry to sign up!  Limited spots left.)
Download the 2018 Encinitas Holiday Parade Entry Application Form, which includes information about participating in the Parade. 
Contact for additional information.

Event Media:
S. Coast Highway 101,
Encinitas, CA 92024
(Starts at D Street, and runs South to J Street)
Date/Time Information:
5:00 pm Tree Lighting Ceremony with a brief appearance by Santa at the Lumberyard (near Starbucks coffee)
5:30 - 7:30 pm Parade
Contact Information: 760-633-2760.
Bring your blanket, low beach chairs (perferable).
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