Christmas & Holiday Parade

2018 Parade Details

  • December 1, 2018 - 3 p.m.
  • Click here to register for the 2018 Parade.
  • Registration and payment will be available ONLINE only, so please make sure you fill out the correct form.
  • 2018 Entry Fees
    • Businesses- $20
    • All Others (Non Profit, Individual, etc.)- $10
    • Schools and Gloucester County agencies - No Fee
  • The deadline for registration is November 13 OR when 60 entries have been accepted


Parking is available behind the County Office Building Complex and is limited on Main Street. Public Parking is NOT available at the Main Street Center or Botetourt Elementary School (parade lineup areas).

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Parade Route

The parade begins at the Main Street Center and travels North on Main Street to Botetourt Elementary School.

Tree Lighting

Caroling by Botetourt Elementary School starts at 5 p.m. in the Colonial Courtcircle.

2017 Gloucester Citizens Christmas & Holiday Parade Grand

The Grand Marshal for this year’s parade is Mr. William Lawrence. Bill is an active member of the community, specifically as a member of the Gloucester Historical Committee and docent at the Gloucester Museum of History. He is the author of several books including The History of the Botetourt Hotel and Old Houses, Mills, Churches and Historical Sites of Gloucester, Virginia. In 2014, Bill was presented with the Leadership in History Award of Merit from The American Association for State and Local History, recognizing his work in preserving the rich history of Gloucester County. Bill and his wife Carol have two children, Bill and Emily, along with four grandchildren.

2017 Parade Winners

  • Commercial Entry:
    1st - SONA Bank
    2nd - Riverside Sanders Retirement Village
    3rd - Chesapeake Bank
    4th - Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Towne Realty
  • Motor Club Entry:
    1st - Gold Wing Road Riders Assoc. Chapter O
  • School Entry:
    1st - Petsworth Elementary
    2nd - Gloucester Montessori
  • Church Affiliated Entry:
    1st - Bethel Baptist Church
    2nd - Knights of Columbus
    3rd - Reedswood Christian Church
  • Community/Civic Club Entry:
    1st - The Giving Garden Foundation
    2nd - Middle Peninsula Detachment Number 1317 Marine Corps League
    3rd - American Legion Post 75
    4th - Kolonial Klowns of Williamsburg Alley 357
    5th - DAV 58
  • Animal Group Entry:
    1st - D&N Stables
    2nd - Horsin' Around Stables
  • Individual Entry:
    1st - James Redmond
  • School Group Entry:
    1st - Peasley Middle School NJHS
    2nd - Page Select Ensemble
  • Youth Group Entry:
    1st - Girl Scout Service Unit 130
    2nd - STARS

View the 2016 Christmas and Holiday parade video. Volunteers are needed. Email the Parks and Recreation Office to volunteer or for more information.

Nominate a Grand Marshal for the Christmas and Holiday Parade

Would you like to nominate someone to serve as Grand Marshal of the Christmas and Holiday Parade? We will accept nominations until November 1. To nominate someone please write a letter to:
Parks, Recreation and Tourism
Attention: Parade Committee
P.O. Box 329
Gloucester, VA 23061

Nominations should contain as much information about your nominee as you can find. Include dates, places, events, clubs, organizations, churches, etc that your nominee was or is involved with.

Past Parade Winners

View the 2016 winners (PDF).