Thousands of people will be on floats and in bands with tens of thousands more cheering them on as the Encinitas Holiday Parade rolls along Coast Highway 101.
The parade begins at 5:30 PM. It is preceded by a 5:00 PM tree lighting ceremony with a brief appearance by Santa at the Lumberyard (near Starbucks coffee).
The 2018 parade theme is “Botanical Oasis”. Encinitas has a deep history of flower growing, a terrific climate for growing a wide variety of beautiful and interesting plants and even boasts a world class botanic garden. This year’s Parade theme ties in perfectly with the Holiday Parade Committee’s selection of Julian Duval as the 2018 Parade Grand Marshal, retiring in January after 24 years of leadership as President and CEO of the San Diego Botanic Garden (formerly Quail Gardens). For the 2018 Parade, we invite our entries to go all out with creativity, showcasing amazing and beautiful floats, performance art and music. Parade category awards are up for grabs so start planning something awesome now!
Don't stress over finding a parking space downtown, take advantage of our free parking shuttles that run from Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas off of Santa Fe Drive (just look for the signs pointing you there) or from they YMCA/Ecke Sports Park parking lot on Saxony Road. Both shuttles start running at 4:00 PM and go until 8:30 PM. The ADA accessible bus runs from the Scripps location. 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.
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