For Angelenos and Hollywood locals, the Sunday after Thanksgiving means one thing, checking out the annual Hollywood Christmas Parade. Since 1928, the sidewalks along the 3.5-mile parade route pack out with bustling... ... read more
For Angelenos and Hollywood locals, the Sunday after Thanksgiving means one thing, checking out the annual Hollywood Christmas Parade. Since 1928, the sidewalks along the 3.5-mile parade route pack out with bustling crowds eager to catch a glimpse of Santa Claus and officially usher in the Christmas season.
Beginning at historic Hollywood Boulevard and Orange, the Hollywood Christmas Parade travels through iconic streets like Vine and Sunset Boulevard. Each year, the parade features talented horse dancers, impeccable marching bands, and elaborate floats. The parade attracts some of Hollywood’s biggest celebrities ranging from sports heroes to movie stars, and it was even the place were Gene Autry drew inspiration for the classic holiday song, “Here Comes Santa Claus.” Past Grand Marshals at the Hollywood Christmas Parade have included cultural giants like Larry King, Magic Johnson, and Marie Osmond.
Admission to the Hollywood Christmas Parade is free, but you’ll have to come early for curbside seats or you’ll be standing for hours. For a more comfortable experience reserve a grandstand seat at around $35, at the end of the day your legs will thank you for it. Proceeds from the grandstand seats benefit Toys for Tots, a nonprofit that works to provide gifts for families in need around the holidays.
Parking will cost you a pretty penny and street parking on the day of the parade is virtually impossible. So instead of driving, take the Metro’s Red Line to the Highland or Vine stop for direct and easy access to the parade route.