Christmas Parade


Friday, Dec. 3 ~ 6:30 PM-8:30 PM

Area residents and visitors are invited to experience the sights and sounds of the holiday season at the 2021 “Reverse” Town of Amherst Christmas Parade, where floats and other entries are stationary and spaced apart along the parade route, and those wishing to view the parade can do so simply by driving by to enjoy it from the safety of their vehicles. This year’s parade is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 3, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. and will take place rain or shine.

The Town’s goal is to keep its citizens and visitors as safe as possible while holding its annual Christmas Parade and there is concern about the possibility that Delta variant restrictions may be imposed during that time.  The hope is that this “reverse parade” format will keep all parade participants safe within their limited groups and designated space as well as the spectators viewing from their vehicles as they drive by.

We had a wonderful spectator turnout for the 2020 reverse parade and received only positive feedback even though the weather was challenging that night for all involved.  We hope to make the 2021 reverse parade bigger and better.   

Beginning at 6:30 p.m. and ending at 8:30 p.m. on Friday December 3, 2021, the parade will best be viewed by exiting from the expressway on the north side of Town near Grandview and driving south down Main Street toward Amherst County High School and exiting past Ambriar Shopping Center.   Please be aware that one-way traffic running north to south will begin at the traffic circle ending at Ambriar Shopping Center starting at 5:30 p.m. on December 3, 2021.

Residents and Businesses Decorating Contest:  Along with those on the parade route, the resident and business decorating contest is expanded to include neighborhoods and businesses outside of the parade route along with those on the route.   We encourage all Town residents and businesses to decorate in a big way.  Awards will be given to best decorated residence and business and best decorated residential street.  

Widely considered one of our area’s most popular holiday spectacles, the annual Christmas parade features colorful floats and other entries from local businesses, churches, schools and civic groups, as well as school marching bands and – of course – Santa Claus.

Parade Theme:


The parade theme plays a significant role in float preparation for the annual event. Use of Lights is highly encouraged.

More parade information, parade rules and the entry application can be found on the Town’s website HERE