The 2020 Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony, which will take place on Saturday, November 21.
Parade participants will line up at 2PM. The parade will begin at 3PM.
Participant registration is open now through November 1st. There is no cost to participate.
Download, print, and return the completed application to:
Special Events, Wilkes-Barre City Hall, 40 East Market Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711
or via fax to 570.208.4187
Visit the Annual Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting Ceremony Facebook Event Page!
Mayor Tony George invites residents and visitors to the 2019 Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony, which will take place on Saturday, November 21st. Participants will line up at 2PM. The parade will begin at 3PM. The parade will consist of 6 divisions, with over 80 groups, businesses, and organizations and over 1,500 participants.
Please be advised of road closures before and during the parade.
Motorists are advised that South Main Street from Public Square to Dana Street will be closed from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM. The following roads will also be closed during this timeframe:
- South Main Street from Public Square to Dana Street
- Sullivan Street at Main Street
- Academy Street between Franklin and South Main
- Hazle Street between South Main and Pennsylvania Blvd
- Ross Street between S. Franklin and Pennsylvania Blvd
- South Street, from South Franklin to South Washington Street
- Northampton Street, from South Franklin to South Washington Street
- Market Street, from South Franklin to South Washington Street
- Public Square, between Market and Main Streets
- North Main Street from Public Square to Union Street
Meters will be bagged and “No Parking” notices will be posted along the parade route. Vehicles will be ticketed and towed beginning at 1:00 PM on Saturday, November 23rd. Participants and spectators are advised to use public parking facilities throughout the city and avoid unauthorized parking in private lots. No unauthorized parking in the Volunteers of America/Save-A-Lot/Family Dollar lot at Hazle and South Main. Vehicles will be towed from private parking lots.
Parade Time and Route:
The parade will start at 3:00 PM at South Main Street and South Street. Parade will travel north along South Main Street, around Public Square, passing the F.M. Kirby Center and then the reviewing stand, and finally ending at the intersection of North Main Street and Union Street. For the safety of everyone enjoying the parade, please stay on the sidewalk and/or behind fencing along the parade route.
The annual parade kicks off the holiday season with free family friendly events:
Tree Lighting Ceremony Immediately following the Parade:
The City of Wilkes-Barre thanks the sponsors of the 2020 Christmas Parade:
Line-Up Location: Intersection of S. Main between South St. & Ross St.
Line-Up Location: South Street between South Main and South Franklin
Line-Up Location:South Street between S. Main and S. Washington
Line-Up Location: Along the right side (facing Public Square) of South Main Street, next to Post Office
Line-Up Location:Hazle Street facing South Main Street
Line-Up Location: South Main Street facing Public Square, between Sullivan & Academy Street