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The Town of Parker’s annual Christmas Carriage Parade is held on the second Saturday of December in downtown Parker. The 2019 Carriage Parade will be held on Saturday, Dec. 14. The Parade starts at noon with pre-parade festivities beginning at 10:30 a.m. and ending at 3 p.m.
The Parker Christmas Carriage Parade will go on rain, shine or snow. We will make every provision/preparation we can to ensure that the parade goes on as planned. However, should weather restrict us from having a moving parade, we will make an event day decision for alternate parade options such as a “stand in place” parade where event patrons can come and view the horses instead of the horses coming to patrons. Any changes in the event day activities or parade details will be posted on the event webpage www.ParkerOnline.org/CarriageParade and sent out via the Town’s social media channels.
This parade is free to the public with sponsor booth activities and one of Santa's elves coordinating fun games in O'Brien Park from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and a Winter Market along the parade route from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Town hosted photo opportunity with Santa will now be part of the North Pole Pass Experience, which requires pre-purchase. Passes are sold first-come, first-served and no passes will be sold on event day. Kids will not be able to drop in and see Santa at the library this year without having purchased this pass.
View a downloadable schedule of events.
The Parker Christmas Carriage Parade will be held in downtown Parker with the parade route starting at the intersection of PACE Center Drive and Mainstreet and traveling west down Mainstreet to O’Brien Park at Victorian Drive and then back to Mainstreet via Victorian Drive. Activities will be held at O’Brien Park and the Schoolhouse Plaza by the Ruth Memorial Chapel. Due to staging and parade route needs, the downtown area will have several street closures. View a downloadable parade route and street closure map.
7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
New to the Parker Christmas Carriage Parade – a memorable experience for kids ages 2-10! This pre-paid unique and exclusive pass will create a day of holiday memories for kids on Saturday, December 14, 2019! Passes are limited and available until sold or until Friday, Dec. 13 at noon. No passes will be sold onsite on event day. The Town's hosted photo opportunity with Santa is now wrapped into this North Pole Pass and will not be available for drop in Santa pictures without purchase of this pass. Passes may be purchased on the event webpage: www.ParkerOnline.org/CarriageParade.
Those that purchase this pass will be able to visit the petting zoo, ice skate at the Parker Ice Trail, learn secrets of the North Pole from one of Santa’s elves, spend time creating holiday arts and crafts, refresh with milk and cookies and most importantly spend time with the big guy himself! With this pass, kids will not only be able to share their Christmas wish list with Santa and Mrs. Claus but will hear a story read by Jolly Ole St. Nick himself. They will also walk away with an autographed (by Santa right in front of their eyes) storybook. Parents – there will be time for informal pictures so make sure to bring your cameras/phones!
Your registration will include:
If you purchased a North Pole Pass on the Parker Carriage Parade website and received an email confirmation of that purchase, you may pick up your North Pole Wristbands on event day at the Discovery Park Ice Trail Skate Rental Building between the hours of 9:30 a.m. You will need those wristbands to access all activities including Santa’s Workshop and Storytime with Santa. Please note the following:
This year, the photo opportunity with Santa is part of the Town’s pre-purchased North Pole Pass experience. There will not be drop in event day photography sessions with Santa. If you purchased a North Pole Pass, you can pick up your wristband at the Discovery Park skate rental stand. Those with pre-paid wristbands can visit the petting zoo and visit with Santa at the Library. Unfortunately, North Pole passes sold out prior to the event so they aren’t available for purchase on event day. We hope you can join us for the North Pole experience in 2020!
Yes, due to staging and parade route needs, the downtown area will have several street closures. View a downloadable parade route map.
Due to the road closures in downtown Parker, O'Brien Park, PACE Center, Discovery Park and Town Hall Parking Lots will not be open to the public for public parking on event day. Limited accessible parking will be available in The Schoolhouse lot. You will need to show a valid accessible parking permit to park in this lot.
Other non-Town facility public lots surrounding the downtown area will be open on parade day. Attendees may also park west of Parker Road and walk through Kieffer's Crossing, an underground tunnel that helps pedestrians avoid crossing South Parker Road. The tunnel is between Taco Bell/Long John Silver's and Colorado State Bank and Trust, and connects directly to O'Brien Park.
Where is the Accessible parking? Due to the road closures in downtown Parker, O'Brien Park, PACE Center, Discovery Park and Town Hall Parking Lots will not be open to the public for public parking on event day. Limited accessible parking will be available in The Schoolhouse Lot. You will need to show a valid accessible parking permit to park in this lot.
Please see map below for directions to the park at The Schoolhouse lot.
Yes, Douglas County Libraries in Parker will be open on Parade day. They have a great lineup of activities planned for after the parade to include a hot chocolate bar, marshmallow decorating, writing letters to Santa, games and face painting.
The library parking lot will be open to the public, however it will fill up quickly so you may have to plan to walk to the library.
Due to staging and parade route needs, the downtown area will have several street closures. View a downloadable parade route map.