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56th Annual Clarksville Lighted Christmas Parade entry deadline is Thursday, December 3rd


Clarksville Parks and Recreation DepartmentClarksville, TN – Sign up and become a part of a Clarksville tradition by participating in this year’s annual Christmas parade, hosted by the City of Clarksville and Montgomery County Government.

This night-time, lighted Christmas parade, is scheduled for Saturday, December 5th beginning at 5:00pm in Downtown Clarksville.

56th Annual Clarksville Lighted Christmas Parade

The Christmas parade is an event for local businesses, schools, and organizations to showcase their Christmas spirit by walking, preparing a float, or driving a fun vehicle all decked out in holiday cheer!

This year’s theme is “Songs of Christmas” and we encourage all participants to embrace the theme through music, dress, and décor. The deadline to enter is Thursday, December 3rd.

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The cost to enter is $30.00 for all entries except churches and civic groups. All entries must also be accompanied by an unwrapped new toy, non-perishable food items, or grocery store gift cards valued at $25.00. Church and civic groups need only donate the donation valued at $25.00 for entry. All toys, non-perishable food items, and gift cards will be collected during parade check-in on December 5th, and will be distributed among local charities.

Awards will be presented to the first through third place winners in each division. Divisions include: Civic/Church, Business/Commercial, and City/County. Judging will be conducted at 3:30pm on the day of the parade. Winners will be acknowledged as they pass the judges stand on Public Square.

Light Requirements

This is the minimum requirement to participate; as a rule MORE IS BETTER!

  • Floats must have a minimum of 1,000 lights
  • Vehicles must have 250 lights
  • Horses and Motorcycles must have 100 lights each
  • Walkers must have 25 lights
  • Vehicles towing floats must be fully decorated.
  • Floats must be built on a trailer no smaller than 4’x 8’ and must follow the theme of the parade.
  • Walkers accompanying floats must be kept to a minimum and dressed in holiday attire or a uniform (and lights).
  • ALL horses must include clean up personnel and will be located at the end of the parade.
  • No candy can be thrown from any entry during the parade due to safety issues of doing a night time parade. Please abide this rule. Walkers can hand out candy along the route.
  • The parade organizers will provide the only Santa and Mrs. Claus in the parade.
  • At check-in you will be provided a number, please place this number in the front right windshield of the vehicle for proper identification at the grand stand.
  • All floats must carry a fire extinguisher and no open flames will be allowed on floats.
  • Due to the growing popularity of the parade, please limit entries to two per organization.
  • We reserve the right to refuse participation of any entry deemed inappropriate or if the entry does not comply with the stated rules.

For more information about the 56th Annual Christmas Parade, please contact Clarksville Parks and Recreation at 931.645.7476 or visit

About the Clarksville Parks and Recreation Department

The mission of the Clarksville Parks and Recreation Department is to provide a variety of positive recreational experiences to enhance life values for individuals, families, and our diverse culture.

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