APS Electric Light Parade

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Thank you for participating in the 2023 APS Electric Light Parade! See you next year! 

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Parade date:
2024 Date TBD​

Parade starting location:
Central Ave. and Montebello Ave.
Parade Starts at 7 p.m.

Parade ending location:
7th St​​. and Indian School Rd. 
Parade run-time varies​

Day of Parade Road Closures - 5 to 11 p.m.:
Central Ave: Camelback Rd. to Bethany Home Rd.
7th St.: Indian School Rd. to Osborn Rd. 
Camelback Rd.: 1st Ave. to 7th St.


​Helpful tips for those planning to attend this year's parade:

  • ​The parade is a rain or shine event. Check the weather forecast​.

  •  Crowds for this event have grown large in recent years and spectators often start arriving hours prior to parade time to reserve a spot.  Viewing spots along the parade route are first-come, first-served.

  •  There is a very large crowd (especially children) so be kind and respectful of other attendees, local homeowners and businesses around the parade route.

  • There are many portable restrooms along the route; scope out the location near you before you need to find one.

  • It's very dark once the streetlights go off so stay behind the cones on the route and NEVER run out into the parade.

  • Parking is available on city streets around the parade route and is on a first-come, first-served basis. Private lots near the parade area often offer parking for a fee

  • Utilize mass transit to and from the parade route; consider taking Valley Metro Light Rail to avoid traffic congestion.

  •  Even though it may be a cool evening, hydrate yourself.

  •  Dress for the weather; the temperature really drops once the sun goes down.

  • Bring blankets and chairs for seating.

  • Spectators should try to minimize and gather any trash and litter generated during the parade to ease post-event cleanup.

  • Families make a night of it by bringing food, drinks and snacks.  Coolers are permitted, but alcohol and glass containers are prohibited.

  • Follow the instructions of parade staff, parade monitors and the public safety staff around and along the parade route.

  • Respect the parade route; to ensure the safety of parade entries and attendees, remain behind all cones and barricades to ensure a safe route for the entries is maintained down the route.

  • We invite parade sponsors, entries and spectators to join us on social media platforms; follow, like share and tag us.  Additionally, we would like spectators to share posts with one another using the hashtag: #PHXLightParade

For more than three decades, the APS Electric Light Parade has been an event where families, neighborhood groups and businesses from across the city come together to celebrate the joy of the holiday season. 



Vendor Notice:

VENDING IS NOT PERMITTED in the APS Electric Light Parade staging or destaging areas, and along parade route streets and sidewalks on Friday, Dec. 2 and Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022 per Phoenix City Code, Street Vending, Article II, Section 31-24, Item 6. Phoenix.gov/Lic​enseServices


​Parade Entrants:

​2023 APS Electric Light Parade Awards
2023 Registration Now Closed2023 Participation Guidelines​

Become a Sponsor:

Help Support this Holiday Tradition!



​2023 Safety Guidelines (PDF)
Questions? Contact us at elp@phoenix.govEvent and Street Closure Information (PDF)

​Watch the Parade Broadcast on ABC15:

Dates TBD

Sunday, December 10, on ABC15, Time: 4 p.m .

Sunday, December 24, on on ABC15, Time: 12 p.m.

Monday, December 25, on ABC15, Time: 6 a.m. and 9 a.m.

Monday, December 25, on Arizona 61, Time: 6 a.m.*

*Subject to change

PHXTV Web Stream

Daily through December 25

7 p.m. – 8 p.m.

PHXTV Website​



2022 Event Partners:

APS Community Programs  North Phoenix Baptist Church

Arizona Cardinals  Arizona Diamondbacks  

Palo Verde Generation Station  IBEW 387  

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White Mountain Apache Tribe