For the 64th year, Encinitas will kick off the holiday season at the 2021 Encinitas Holiday Parade on Saturday, December 4. Participants be on floats, on foot, in cars, and marching in bands while spectators cheers them along the Parade route along Coast Highway 101. Many of our nearly 100 parade entries aim to win a prize in one of the Parade’s judged categories for lights, creativity, performance, music, spirit and overall impression.
Parade spectators will be able claim a good spot to watch the parade as soon as Coast Highway closes at 4 pm. Followed by a countdown and ceremonial tree lighting, Santa himself will make a brief appearance to kick things off at 5 pm at the Lumberyard shops courtyard. The Parade starts promptly at 5:30 pm.
The 2021 parade theme is “Encinitas Rocks!”. Encinitas embraces music, arts and culture and this year, the City of Encinitas is excited to energize the Holiday Parade with plenty of performances and music from many genres and generations.
FREE parking shuttles will run from San Dieguito Academy High School (parking lot located on the corner of Melba Road and Nardo Road) and from the YMCA/Ecke Sports Park parking lot on Saxony Road. Both shuttles start running at 4pm and go until 8:30pm. Shuttles run approximately every 20 minutes and will drop you off at the NCTD bus station on Vulcan Avenue, just a half block from the Parade route.
NOTE: THE ENCINITAS HOLIDAY PARADE IS SUBJECT TO CANCELLATION OR MODIFICATION DUE TO COVID-19 REQUIREMENTS AND/OR RESTRICTIONS.
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