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 and vendors at Belo Garden and Main Street 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.    



DART is your trusted guide to discovering all that North Texas offers. From arts, culture, sports, and recreation, to dining, shopping, special events and more, DART helps you discover it all – including the Dallas Holiday Parade.

DART trains and buses operate daily from approximately 5 a.m. to midnight, seven days a week. DART trains come every 15 minutes during rush hours; every 20 minutes midday/weekend; 30 minutes late at night. Bus schedules vary. 

Plan your visit to the Dallas Holiday Parade using DART’s GoPass® app. You also can visit or call DART Customer Service at 214-979-1111.

DART’s GoPass app makes your trip even easier with mobile ticketing options and trip-planning tools. Download GoPass for FREE in the Google Play Store or Apple App Store. Find more about the GoPass app at

Discover how to ride DART at Explore the list of train stations, bus transit center and park-and-ride lots at Look up train and bus schedules at Learn more about DART tickets and passes at

By Train:

· St. Paul, Akard and West End stations (Red, Blue, Orange or Green Line)

· Union and Convention Center stations (Red or Blue Line)

· Dallas Streetcar – Union Station stop

By Bus:

· D-Link Route 722 along Main Street

· Elm @ Akard and Elm @ Griffin bus stops are served by Routes: 2, 11, 12, 19, 21, 24, 31, 35, 36, 39, 60, 63, 76, 81, 82, 110, 111, 155, 164

· DART Buses will detour around the parade route and staging/dispersal areas. Visit for specific route changes closer to the parade.




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