Join us for our annual Downtown Racine Holiday Parade and Tree-lighting Ceremony on Saturday, November 11th.

The parade will begin at 5:30 pm starting at the West side of the State Street bridge, it will continue down Main Street to 6th Street, and travel West on 6th Street and end at City Hall.  This year’s parade marshals are our amazing Racine Veterans, as the parade lands on Veteran’s Day. The Parade will end at approximately 6:45 pm. The Tree-Lighting Ceremony on Monument Square will follow the parade at 6:50 pm, where Mayor Mason and Santa Claus will light the Holiday Tree.

Holiday singers and entertainment will perform before and after the parade. Pre-parade festivities will start at 4:45 pm carolers singing some Christmas favorites. The performers will do a few more songs after the parade, as well.

Back for the 3rd year, a small fireworks display will be held, sponsored by Educators Credit Union and CNH.

“The Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting is the official kickoff to the 2023 holiday season as well as a salute to all Veterans. This event brings the community together to celebrate the season, while shedding light on the phenomenal holiday shopping and dining options downtown offers. I encourage you to bring the entire family, come early for a bite to eat and stay to watch us officially light up downtown’s holiday tree.” -Kelly Kruse, Executive Director at the Downtown Racine Corporation.

Festival Foods has always been a strong supporter of Downtown Racine and, again, they are our Holiday Tree Sponsor. Parade goers will be sure to see the Festival Food’s ‘largest shopping cart in the state’ rolling down Main Street at the beginning of the parade.

There are many sponsors that we would like to thank for supporting this event and ultimately supporting Downtown Racine.  Sekao, Hotel Verdant, Twin Disc, Zeigler Honda of Racine, Johnson Financial, Gruber Law Office, E.C. Styberg, and Renewal by Anderson

Holiday Parade applications are available at and are due November 3, 2023.

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