The 58th annual La Jolla Christmas Parade & Holiday Festival returns to the Village on Sunday, December 6 as one of the most festive events of the holiday season. The iconic parade draws more than 25,000 people to downtown La Jolla and has been a community staple for nearly six decades – and remains a large part of what makes the holidays in La Jolla so memorable.
Enjoy the afternoon watching beautiful floats, marching bands, grand marshals and honored dignitaries from the community, beauty queens and princesses, marching units, cheerleaders, the colorful Silver Saddle Equestrian unit, La Jolla Fire Engines, aircraft flyovers, and of course, Santa Claus! This year’s theme is “100 Years of Holiday Cheer,” which pays homage to a long tradition of holidays in La Jolla.
The afternoon will kick off with an aircraft flyover at 1:30pm; the parade will then step off from Kline and Girard and proceed down to Prospect Street. Afterward, the holiday festival will take place at the La Jolla Recreation Center (615 Prospect Street) from 2:30-5pm and will feature arts and crafts, an educational arcade with exhibits, a Tiny Tot playground, live entertainment, a dog adoption area sponsored by FOCAS, and an opportunity to take photos with Santa. The event will finish off with an official holiday tree lighting.
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Local businesses with floats this year include All Hallows Academy, Rohde Plumbing, Pantai Inn, and Stella Maris; there will also be marching units and other vehicles from the Birch Aquarium, La Jolla YMCA, the Gillispie School, and dozens more.
A Few Tips…
There will be multiple streets closed throughout the day on Sunday, including all of Girard (between Kline and Prospect), parts of Prospect Street, and sections of Draper. For complete street closure information visit ljparade.com.
Parking will be very limited throughout the day. Here’s a detailed map of all parking/no parking areas in the Village.
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