Parade of Lights

Kick off the holiday season with the annual Parade of Lights.

2019 parade theme is Hometown Helena Past Present and Future

You will receive a ‘thank you for registering’ if your registration goes through. If you do not receive this, please call our office at 447-1535.

Sponsor Opportunities Extended deadline November 27, 2020

The Holiday season begins with the annual Parade of Lights on November 27th, 2020. Be a spectator or sign up and participate in the parade. After the parade join us in Pioneer Park for some exciting announcements.

Rise and Shine Saturday morning and come meet Santa. Breakfast with Santa takes place at Bert & Ernie’s. After Breakfast with Santa, enjoy downtown and participate in Small Business Saturday.


Parade of Lights - Theme is "Hometown Helena Past Present and Future"

Date: November 29, 2019

The Parade of Lights is a Downtown holiday tradition to kick off the holiday season co-sponsored by the Helena Business Improvement District and Downtown Helena, Inc.  This event gathers friends and families together to officially start the holiday season off with a parade and festivities.

Prizes will be awarded to the Best of Show: 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place of all entries regardless of category.

PARADE ROUTE: The parade starts at 6 p.m. and goes from Fuller Avenue to Placer, turns right onto Last Chance Gulch, proceed through the Pedestrian Mall past the Lewis & Clark Library and Pioneer Park.  The parade will end at the Lewis & Clark Library and awards immediately to follow.

Holiday Moments Happen Downtown




The Parade of Lights is a Downtown Holiday tradition to kick off the holiday season.  Businesses, clubs, school groups, teams, non-profit organizations and individuals are encouraged to participate by entering a float, a motorized vehicle or walk.

Prizes will be awarded to the Best of Show.

First Place: $100 Downtown Helena Gift Card

2nd Place:  $50 Downtown Helena Gift Card

3rd Place:  $25 Downtown Helena Gift Card


PARADE ROUTE AND STAGING INFORMATION: Parade formation starts at 4:45 pm at Fuller and Placer Avenues (by Finstad’s Carpet One) on November 27, 2020.  Volunteers with orange vests will direct you to your line-up position.  The parade starts at 6:00 pm and goes from Fuller Avenue to Placer, turns right onto Last Chance Gulch, proceeds through the Walking Mall past the Lewis & Clark Library and Pioneer Park.

  • No alcoholic beverages on floats or consumed during the parade
  • No throwing candy (or other items) from floats or cars.  Candy can only be handed out.
  • We do ask to make sure that your floats will not hit the tree tops on the Pedestrian Mall.

For questions email Nickolas Hawksley

Family & Friends Floats

The Witham Family

‘ A Corvette Christmas’

Tim and Joe

Santa in a Dune Buggy

The Gordon Family

‘Rocky Mountain Christmas’- Outside a cabin in the mountains

Edie Walker

‘Patriotic Hometown Helena Christmas’ – Red, white & blue patriotic Christmas float to support our Hometown Helena Soldiers.

Ryan Clark

Santa racing a race truck that is being pulled by reindeer.


Valley Bank of Helena

321 Fuller Avenue
Helena , MT 59601

Recreational Businesses

D & D RV Center

Santa’s workshop is busy getting all the toys ready for the good girls and boys of Helena!

406-442-8542 ext 203

Helena Cycle Center

‘ Christmas with Polaris’


Non- Profits and Organizations

Bridge Assembly (Church)

We will be featuring a live manger scene with ‘ Montana’ Wise men of the past, present, and future.


Holter Museum of Art

12 East Lawrence Street
Helena , MT 59601

See us in our black Ford T-Bird convertible, a car the Holter is raffling off. This will be one of the final pushes before the drawing in December!

The Afterschool Teen Arts Council (ATAC) teens will also be “Santa’s Elves” passing out candy during the parade.

H-Town Supersonics

Youth traveling basketball club with kids 5th-7th grade will be walking handing out candy.


Montana Saddle Club Association District 2

Experienced horse enthusiasts belonging to the Montana Saddle Club Association District 2 will have their horses decorated and ride their horses through the parade.


Montana Ghost Busters

The Montana Ghostbusters go around the state of Montana visiting and raising money for children with medical needs.

Dustin Semans


Helena First

Christmas at Helena First. Building a Fulfilled Life.

Civil Air Patrol

Civil Air Patrol tracking Santa with fully lighted color guard.

Helena Junior Roughstock World Finals Qualifiers

Four local Helena boys have qualified for the Junior World Finals. Float will be showcasing them.

Downtown Helena Inc. and the Helena Business Improvement District

Santa will be riding with us and he will elves helping him pass out candy canes!

Entertainment Industries

Grandstreet Theatre

325 North Park Avenue
Helena , MT 59601

Announce Grandstreet Theatre’s winter play, “Frozen, Jr.”, playing at the Civic Center. Come see Elsa, Anna, Olaf, Sven, Christoph, and Hans riding on the float, singing three of Frozen’s famous songs. We will also have some of our younger actors and actresses following behind the float, handing out fliers with the information on how to purchase tickets to the show.

Premiere Dance Company

Clara and some gingerbread children will be accompanied by a large nutcracker and rat king.


Professional Services

Edward Jones ~ Jayme Klehfoth, Financial Advisor

62 S Last Chance Gulch Suite B
Helena , MT 59601

Edward Jones employees and families will carry banner and hand out candy.

Electrical Solutions

We will be cruising in our truck, decorated in the spirit of the holidays and jamming out to Christmas music, and handing out candy canes and glow sticks.

Montana Shed Center

Mike Cambell


Beehive Homes of Helena

Our Beehive Homes transportation bus will be decorated in celebration of the holidays and some our residents will also be riding, spreading holiday cheer!


School and City

Helena High Bengals Cheerleading team

The Helena High School Bengal Cheerleaders will be ‘Santa’s Reigndeer’ this year. They will be dancing and handing out candy and glow sticks.

City of Helena

Fire Department – A wildland fire truck will pull a trailer of wildland firefighters on it.

Transportation Systems – A snow plow promoting Snow Code and the new MyHelenaApp

HPPA- Helena Police Department

We will represent the Helena Police Department uniforms and modes of transportation from past, present and the future of patrol.

We are also planning to have a horse mounted Officer, an officer in a patrol car, and our Bicycle Officers.

  • November 27, 2020
  • 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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