The 34th Annual APS Light Parade returns on Saturday December 4th. The parade will also be broadcast, so you can still watch if you can’t make it in person.

If you are going, here is what you need to know.

APS Electric Light Parade

When: 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4.

Where: Parade route begins at Central and Montebello avenues.

Admission: Free

The 2.3 mi. parade route​ starts at Central Ave. and Montebello Ave., travels south to Central Ave. and Camelback Rd., heads east along Camelback Rd. to 7th St., and continues south along 7th St. to its conclusion at Indian School Rd. The first parade entries will begin at 7 p.m. and take approximately 60 minutes to reach the end. It is strongly recommended that attendees arrive several hours in advance of the start of the parade.

To ensure the health and safety of all attendees, multiple COVID-19 mitigation strategies have been implemented this year which includes reduced entries, reduced entry occupants, and the elimination of the preparade viewing event traditionally held the evening before the parade.  Additionally, it is strongly encouraged to social distance when possible, and wear masks.  If you or a loved one is feeling sick, please stay home and consider enjoying the parade telecast from the comfort of your home.

Helpful tips for those planning to attend this year’s parade:

  • Consider taking Valley Metro Light Rail to the event to avoid traffic congestion. The parade route runs near the Light Rail stop at Central Ave., just south of Camelback Rd.
  • The parade is a rain or shine event. Check the weather forecast and dress accordingly.
  • Spectators are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs for seating.
  • Crowds for this event have grown large in recent years and viewing spots along the parade route are first-come, first-served. Spectators often start arriving hours prior to parade time to reserve a spot.
  • Parking is available on city streets around the parade route and is on a first-come, first-served basis. Private lots near the parade area often offer parking for a fee.
  • Spectators should try to minimize and gather any trash and litter generated during the parade to ease post-event cleanup.
  • Coolers are permitted, but alcohol and glass containers are prohibited.
  • Road closures and restrictions affect all parade areas hours before the event; come early and expect delays.
  • Check out the parade route at Phoenix Parks and Recreation – APS Electric Light Parade.

Parade Broadcast Schedule:

  • ABC15 will broadcast the parade Sunday, December 5th and Saturday, December 25th.
  • PHXTV will air the parade throughout the month of December.
  • The parade will be available for view on the APS Electric Light Parade website.
J.D. Manning
Author: J.D. Manning founder and administrator. Arrowhead resident and Realtor, The Arrowhead Agent with eXp Realty