The Most Extravagant Christmas Parades In The World

Around the country, towns and cities host Christmas Parades to help residents get into the holiday spirit. But after years of going to the same parade, you may decide that it’s time to shake things up. Why not “go big” this Christmas and visit one of the most extravagant Christmas parades in the world? If you’re interested in the ultimate holiday vacation with your family, consider checking out of these parades.   Disney World One Upon A Christmastime Parade This parade is part of a bash that Mickey puts on every year to celebrate the holiday season, “Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.” An excellent option for those with children, parade-goers will see more than 170 of the favorite costumed characters. Of course, on top of your favorite Disney characters making an appearance, Santa shows his face as well!                 Winterfest Boat Parade Located in Florida, the Winterfest Boat Parade is ideal for those looking to kick off the holiday season in a warmer climate. The boat parade draws more than one million guests each year. The show features more than 100 boats strung with breathtaking Christmas lights. The parade route is likely one of the long ones on the list, as the event, held on the Intracoastal Highway, spans more than 12 miles.                         Hollywood Christmas Parade For those living on the West Coast, you must make it a point to visit the Hollywood Christmas Parade at least once. The entire parade route stretches on a red carpet, embodying the glitz and glam of Hollywood. Not only will attendees see Santa, but they will also see some of their most beloved celebrities marching the parade route. Celebrities who attended in the past include
  • Estelle
  • Oscar de la Hoya
  • Stevie Wonder
    Newport Beach Boat Parade Another option for those living in California is to visit the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade. The parade has been an annual event in Newport Beach for more than 105 years. Boats are strung with beautiful lights, illuminating the Newport Beach Harbor. In addition to the ships, those visiting the parade will see extravagant homes strung with holiday lights as well. This parade is a bit interesting because it lasts for five nights, as opposed to merely one or two nights.       Calistoga Tractor Parade A final option for West Coast residents is to attend the Calistoga Lighted Tractor Parade. This parade stands out from the others on our list because it does not take place in a big city. Instead, this parade offers an intimate, small-town feeling, even though the town is located in Napa Valley. Parade organizers make it a commitment to tie in the local community, highlighting the agricultural heritage of the area. Those visiting the parade will see old trucks and tractors strung with Christmas lights.   Krampus and Perchten Procession If you’re looking to do something completely different this year, consider visiting a parade overseas. One of your best bets for doing so is the Krampus and Perchten Procession, which takes place in Austria. This celebration is unique because it highlights the struggle between Santa Claus and his demon antithesis Krampus.