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Posted on: November 15, 2021

City of Lights Parade Returns on November 27

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[LOWELL, MA] –After going AWOL in 2020, Santa returns for Lowell’s popular holiday tradition on Saturday, November 27.   There will be festive afternoon activities leading up to the much anticipated parade with Santa and Mrs. Claus riding in on their special sleigh to help with the official lighting of City Hall.  This year’s Parade Marshals will be representatives from Lowell’s frontline emergency services.


“City of Lights is a time-honored tradition, and an occasion that families across our community look forward to as a fun, festive kick-off to the holiday season,” said City Manager Eileen Donoghue. “The cancellation of City of Lights in 2020 was a great disappointment, but we are so pleased that we are able to bring back this special event this year and are grateful to the many community partners and organizations that have come together to help make it all possible. We are delighted to honor our frontline emergency workers as this year’s Grand Marshals.”


The fun starts at noon with entertainment and window decorating and hot chocolate contests at participating downtown businesses.  Other activities include:

  • Photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, 1-3 p.m. in Lowell City Hall
  • A holiday movie, The Rise of the Guardians, will be shown at 2 p.m. at the MCC Donahue Family Arts Center Recital Hall,  240 Central Street
  • The Brush Art Gallery and Studios annual Festival of Wreaths—wreaths will be on display at the Brush, 256 Market Street, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Hot chocolate and window decorating contests at participating downtown businesses (vote for your favorite!)—all afternoon
  • The Pollard Memorial Library will hold a wreath decorating workshop—for information or to register, contact the library at 978-674-4120 or go to
  • St. Anne’s Church, 237 Merrimack Street, will host The Gentlemen Songsters in a holiday concert at 6 p.m.
  • Other entertainment and activities to be announced


“Mrs. Claus and I are delighted to be back to help our friends in Lowell kick off my favorite season,” said a jovial Santa Claus.  “Lowell is our favorite holiday stop.  As Rudolph always tells me, ‘there’s a lot to like about Lowell!’”


City of Lights dates to the 1950s and over the years it has evolved and continued to provide holiday joy for thousands, drawing attendees from across the Greater Lowell community.


The parade begins at 4:30 p.m. led by the Grand Marshals and followed by bands, floats, specialty vehicles, antique cars and marching groups.  Santa and Mrs. Claus will ride in on their special sleigh.  The parade launches from Jackson Street, turning onto Central then Merrimack before ending at City Hall.


“Turning on the holiday lights at City Hall at the culmination of the City of Lights parade is one of the great honors of serving as Mayor, and I am thrilled that the community will have the chance to come together in-person to celebrate this great tradition again,” said Mayor John Leahy. “Between the parade, holiday sing-alongs, and festive window displays, City of Lights brings Downtown Lowell to life like no other event.”


Following the parade, Santa, Mayor John Leahy and the Grand Marshals will lead a countdown for the official lighting of City Hall.  Attendees are encouraged to stroll through downtown to view all the holiday displays and patronize one of Lowell’s fine dining establishments.


For more information on City of Lights activities and schedules, go to


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