Spirit of the Holidays Lighted Parade

The Spirit of the Holidays Lighted Parade will be Friday, December 2, 2022. The parade begins at 5:30 p.m.

The parade is coordinated by Downtown Manhattan, Inc. 
Parade details and entry form can be found on their website.



  • Costumes are strongly encouraged for all participants. All participants should dress in warm clothes.
  • No entry may feature Santa. Santa makes a special appearance at the end of the parade.
  • Distribution of candy and trinkets is encouraged. For safety, please hand out near sidewalks, do not throw!
  • Once the parade gets moving, do not allow for gaps.
  • All entries are subject to approval by the parade committee.
  • The group contact person must have signed this application and all entrants must be familiar with these guidelines.


All awards will be determined by a panel. This year’s awards include:

  • Mayor’s Trophy/Best in Show: The winner must show originality and have a significant light display.
  • Best Use of Lights: For the entry that uses lights in the most creative way to enhance their entry.
  • Spirit of the Breadbasket: This award is given to the entry that best represents the idea of sharing food with those in need and uses the most food as part of their entry to best advantage.
  • Best Youth Float: For the best entry by a group composed mainly of children.
  • Best Walking Group: For the best individual or group traveling the parade route on foot.
  • Best Bicycle Entry: Best individual or group on bicycles.


2022 Spirit of the Holidays Lighted Parade Logo
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