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Holiday Lights Parade

The Downtown Community Partnership has announced the cancellation of the Xcel Energy Holiday Lights Parade due to the COVID-19 pandemic. CDC guidelines continue to recommend limited attendance at events and the parade attracts thousands of people every year.

In place of the parade, the DCP is hoping to provide several shopping and entertainment events for the community to enjoy. The alternate shopping and entertainment events will be announced on downtownfargo.com/holidays


The Annual kick-off to the holidays is the Holiday Lights Parade presented by the Downtown Community Partnership and sponsored by Xcel Energy.

This parade attracts thousands of spectators and includes hundreds of participants that decorate their entries with lights. This magical evening will feature spectacular parade floats, marching units, equestrian entries and the mayors, city council and commission members of Fargo, Moorhead, and West Fargo.

All entries will be part of the Parade Float Competition and have a chance to win incredible prizes and the honor of being the best float of the year!


It’s free to show up and watch the parade.

Parade Map

The parade leaves Downtown Moorhead at 6:30 p.m. and continues through Downtown Fargo.


Moorhead Center Mall and LinkFM: Free!
Park at the Moorhead Center Mall parking ramp and hop on the LinkFM which brings you right to the center of Downtown within a few yards of Winterfest, The Holiday Market, and of course the Xcel Energy Holiday Lights Parade!

Parking will be available at the Moorhead Center Mall and Link FM will shuttle attendees Downtown before the parade until 5:30 p.m. LinkFM will not run during the parade. Link FM will resume service after the parade from 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. There will be two LinkFM buses on route to reduce congestion as well as decrease wait times after the parade.

Roberts Commons: Free for the first 2 hours and Free after 5 p.m.
This garage is right in the heart of all the action. You will be a half block off Broadway and a block away from Winterfest and The Holiday Market.

Civic Center Ramp: $1.50 an hour and free after 5 p.m.
Located just a block off Broadway.

NP Ave Lot: $1 and hour and free after 5 p.m.
There are lots of spaces in this surface lot! Good location if you plan on eating at a Downtown restaurant before the parade.

Island Park Ramp: Free after 5 p.m.
Perfect location to get in and out of Downtown quickly. Just across the street from the beginning of Broadway.

Island Park: Free all day!
Only a few blocks off Broadway located behind the pool. Take 7th street off Main, park by the pool, and walk north.

3rd & 4th Street and Main Ave Surface Lots: Free after 5 p.m.
Right on Main and close to where the parade turns onto Broadway. Limited availability.

Street Parking: 90 minutes free, free after 5 p.m.
You won’t be able to park on Broadway due to the parade but you can search for spots on the side streets and on the blocks off of Broadway.

Register a float

If you want to register a float, the cost is $150 for businesses or $100 for non-profits. You can register here – https://www.eventslocal.com/events/565