2019 Sanford’s Annual Illuminated Christmas Parade Preview


Information compiled and written by Nathan Wertheimer

Mark your calendar for the Sanford’s Annual Illuminated Christmas Parade, which is being held on Saturday, December 14, 2019, at 6pm, in Downtown Sanford. Bring the family out for a night full of holiday lights and fun at our annual “Parade of Light.” You won’t want to miss all of the lights, festive floats, marching bands and SANTA!

It is a short travel from Downtown Orlando to Downtown Sanford. Check your GPS for the best route to this event. Plus, there is free street parking near Fort Melon Park area, the residential and business areas, and the waterfront area. It is best to arrive early for the best parking available. One may encounter street closures for this event. There will be detours in some streets. After the parade ends streets will open back to normal. Heavy vehicle traffic maybe close to the start of the parade and at the end of the parade too.

Before leaving your home, check the weather condition for the day of event. To prepare for this event, it is recommended to bring a lawn chair, wear comfortable clothing, hat, photo/video camera, and a good book to read while waiting.

Don’t miss the sights and sounds of Sanford’s Christmas Parade. It starts on 1st Street and and goes eastward to Fort Mellon Park. The parade will start at 6pm. It is recommended to get there early to reserve your seat on the street side. The most crowded areas are the middle and end of the parade route. There will be many floats and marching groups in this parade. One will see Fire Department trucks, Law Enforcement vehicles, a few Junior ROTC groups from various branches, local marching bands, local politicians, Santa, and much more. Some organizations maybe handing out free goodies to the spectators. This parade may take one hours from start to finish depending on the pace of the parade.

If you’re interested in having your organization and or company participate in this Christmas Parade please registration and see read the rules and regulations

Any other questions please contact the Sanford Recreation Department at 407-688-5120 Option 6. Should you require an alternative method to access the information on this page or any attachments thereto, please contact ADA@sanfordfl.gov or Kim Parmelee (407.688.5129) to request information be provided to you in an alternative format.

It is worth your time to bring the family and come on down and enjoy the holiday. For more information please visit www.sanfordfl.gov/departments/recreation/sanford-s-annual-illuminated-christmas-parade .

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Sources of information from first hand experience and from the City of Sanford



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