The Greater Manassas Christmas Parade has been a fixture in the community for 74 years! It takes place the first Saturday in December at 10am. It has become one of the largest holiday parades in Northern Virginia with over 100 units-marching bands, floats, high-flying balloons, and more! We have approximately 2,000 participants and over 300 volunteers. The parade sets the mood for the holiday season and has become a family tradition with multiple generations lined up to watch the parade!
Below are tips to help you have a memorable experience!
Arrive early and hang around once it’s over!
This parade is one of the most popular in Northern Virginia and it’s even more popular if the weather is good! To help avoid traffic or wasting time finding a place to park, plan on arriving about an hour before the parade begins. Remember, some of the roads are closed beginning as early as 6 a.m. You can find the road closures on the map above. We recommend bringing chairs or blankets to sit on. After the parade is over, traffic can be congested around the parade route. You may want to hang around to check out the local stores, eat lunch, or go ice skating at the Harris Pavilion.
Decide where you want to park and sit ahead of time!
Take a peak at the parade route map to determine where you want to view the parade from. You may want to check out where the restrooms are located on the map. Once you know where you want to sit, decide where the best options are for parking. There are plenty of parking options along the side streets, parking lots and in the Historic Downtown parking garage located on Prince William Street. Handicap parking is also available in the Church Street Lot. You can view the locations on the map above.
The parade goes on rain, snow or shine! Check out the weather ahead of time so you know how warm to dress and how many layers and blankets you may need to stay comfortable. You are welcome to bring hot chocolate, coffee, snacks and more, or you can purchase from the local vendors and stores. The parade typically lasts about 2 hours beginning at 10 a.m. Keep in mind that where you sit along the parade route determines when the beginning of the parade will reach your spot.