Things to Know

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What day is the parade?

A: The Dallas Holiday Parade is always the first Saturday in December. This year, it is Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018.   

Q: What time does the parade start? 

A: It starts at 10 a.m. and lasts about one hour and 20 minutes.    

Q: Where does the parade begin? 

A: The parade route begins at Commerce and Houston streets.

Q: Is the parade free? 

A: Yes, the parade is free. However, if you want a guaranteed seat, tickets for bleacher seats will be available for purchase beginning on October 1.  

Q: What should I bring to the parade? 

A: Bring as little as possible! The Dallas Holiday Parade is the City’s largest one-day, outdoor event. We ask that you limit what you bring in order not to crowd other spectators. Large items, such as strollers or walkers, can be stored under the bleachers for ticket holders. If you are not purchasing tickets, you can bring chairs or blankets to sit on. Keep in mind that you will want to get there early in order to get a good seat. In a nutshell, bring yourself and your family, a camera or phone, some cash for snacks and parade merchandise, and a “happy holidays” attitude!   

Q: What should I wear to the parade? 

A: Wear whatever is comfortable to you! Of course, sensible shoes are always the right choice for the parade. Also, keep in mind Texas weather and stay tuned to the forecast parade week. Some years the parade has been bitterly cold and other years it was HOT! Whatever the weather, come prepared.    

Q: Will food be available at the parade? 

A: Yes, there are numerous restaurants that will be open that are in close proximity to the parade route. In addition, there will be food trucks near Belo Garden.    

Q: What if the parade is cancelled due to weather? A: We will attempt to reschedule the parade for the following day (Sunday). Notices will be posted on the parade website.    



Numerous parking lots and garages are located within walking distance of the parade route, all of which will charge a fee. Major street closings begin at 7 a.m., which may make it difficult to reach some of the parking areas.

Public Transportation   

Downtown Dallas is served by Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART), which includes the Trinity Railway Express (TRE). All rail lines and numerous bus routes serve downtown. St. Paul, Akard, West End, Union and Convention Center stations are located within a short walk of the parade route.   

Trip Planning: DART Rail trains depart every 30 minutes on Saturday mornings. Travel time on DART Rail depends on where you start your trip. You can plan your trip online with the Transit option in Google Maps. For additional assistance, contact DART Customer Service at 214-979-1111. There also are trip planning tools available on the GoPass app and the mobile website,   

TRE trains depart hourly on Saturdays, but the TRE will add early trains on parade morning. Please check closer to the parade for the special schedule.    

Fares: A DART Adult Day Pass is $5 for trips originating within the DART Service Area. Transit trips originating in Tarrant (FWTA) or Denton (DCTA) counties requires a Regional Pass, which is $10 for adults. Seniors 65+ and children age 5-14 may ride at a reduced rate. Teens age 15+ and college students must ride at the adult rate unless they have a DART-issued Student ID.   

GoPassSM: Transit passes for DART, TRE, FWTA and DCTA may be purchased and stored on your phone through the free GoPass app, available in the App Store and the Google Play store. GoPass makes it convenient to purchase transit passes in advance, but don’t activate your passes until the day you go to the parade.   

Free Parking: Available at many DART and TRE stations. For a complete list, visit     

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