Processions in Dallas and Fort Worth go virtual as TV specials.
Cities and civic groups across North Texas may have rethought their holiday parades for 2020, but don’t worry, kids, Santa Claus is still coming to town. Some events have been called off; others will be virtual. The Dallas Holiday Parade, which each year brings thousands of spectators to downtown Dallas, will be reimagined this year as a Christmas TV special. In surrounding cities, parades officially canceled include the Richardson Christmas Parade and the Plano Lions Club Christmas Parade, among others. Here are some events that will feature floats — and in one case, boats — welcoming Santa and the holiday season to Dallas-Fort Worth.
GM FINANCIAL PARADE OF LIGHTS
For its 38th edition, the parade that usually lights up downtown Fort Worth with illuminated floats and mini-bike riding Elvises will move inside the Tarrant County Convention Center. There will be no in-person audience allowed for the Nov. 22 event, but families can snuggle up at home and enjoy the parade on TV or the Parade of Lights’ Facebook and YouTube pages. Performances by Josh Weathers, Sarah Jaffe, Van Cliburn Kids and others will be featured. If you want a closer look at the best-of-show floats, they will be displayed Nov. 23-24 on Main Street in downtown Fort Worth.
Parade: Nov. 22 at 7 p.m., broadcast on KTXA-TV (Channel 21). Float showcase: Nov. 23-24 from 6 to 8 p.m. along Main Street in downtown Fort Worth. fortworthparadeoflights.org, facebook.com/ParadeofLightsFW.
TWINKLE LIGHT BOAT PARADE
Watch from the shoreline as watercraft decked out in sparkling holiday lights float across Grapevine Lake. The twinkling flotilla begins at Twin Coves Marina and rounds the lake, stopping at each marina to pick up more boats. The floating parade is visible from many points, including Fairway Drive (at Dam Road), Rockledge Park and Silver Lake Marina Park. Check the website for suggested viewing spots and to see if there’s a charge to park at each. Bonus: A fireworks show over the lake follows the parade.
Nov. 28 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Grapevine Lake. grapevinetexasusa.com.
PARADE OF LIGHTS: REVERSE STYLE
Grapevine’s nighttime parade will make a change for COVID-19 safety. Decorated floats, bands and dignitaries will be stationed along Main Street in downtown Grapevine and visitors can drive by and enjoy the spectacle from the safety of their own vehicles.
Dec. 3 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Along Main Street in downtown Grapevine, from Northwest Highway to State Highway 114. Free. grapevinetexasusa.com.
KIWANIS CLUB OF ROCKWALL CHRISTMAS PARADE
The parade is a Rockwall tradition, celebrating 51 years of holiday spirit. The procession steps off from the Rockwall County Library and continues up South Fannin to downtown Rockwall. Families are allowed to line the parade route and wave to St. Nick and other community and school groups as they pass. After the parade, kids can take part in games and activities including ice skating at locations throughout downtown. There’ll be food, shopping specials and plenty of photo ops. Rockwall’s official Christmas tree will light up for the season after dark.
Dec. 5, starting at 9 a.m. from 1215 E. Yellow Jacket Lane, Rockwall, to downtown Rockwall, at Rusk and North Goliad streets and the surrounding area. rockwallkiwanis.org.
DALLAS HOLIDAY PARADE
Instead of the march down Main Street, this year organizers will produce a TV special with performances at Big D landmarks, interspersed with footage from a last year’s Emmy-nominated parade broadcast.
Dec. 25 at 10 a.m. on KDAF-TV (Channel 33). dallasholidayparade.com.