Holiday Lights Parade
Groton Holiday Lights Parade and Tree Lighting with Santa - Holiday fun in Groton
The Fifteenth Annual Groton Lights Parade will be held on Saturday, December 7 at 5pm and will be a fantastic kick-off to this year’s holiday season. Marching bands, beautifully lit floats and groups on foot will march from Poquonnock Road at South Road, along Long Hill Road to the Groton Shopping Plaza. Local high schools, fife and drum corps, and neighboring fire departments participate in this annual event. Local businesses decorate their cars, trucks and floats with festive holiday lighting.
Children’s activities will take place at this site, including Steve Elci and Friends, who will bring you their own special form of “Edu-tainment” as part of the post-parade celebration. They provide an educational kid’s rock and roll show with an interactive presentation.
Immediately after the parade, Santa Claus will have the honor of lighting the holiday tree on the green at the rear of the Groton Shopping Plaza.
You can join our parade!
A special call goes out
to bands, fife and drum corps and choral groups who make that special holiday music that everyone knows and loves.
The GBA welcomes floats and marchers from businesses, clubs, organizations, and all groups in the community.
To register, please complete this on-line application.
For those without access to the web, please call 860-536-5680 to obtain a hard copy of the application form.
The deadline to file an application is Friday, November 22.
Cash prizes will be awarded for floats in these categories:
Grand Prize of $250 for Finest Illumination.
$100 prize for Best Children's Entry
$100 prize for Sounds of the Season
$100 prize for Most Original
Judging will take place as participants pass by Chelsea Groton Bank. Awards will be presented at the special Awards Breakfast in January.
We would also like to thank the following Event Sponsors: Groton Utilities & Thames Valley Communications, Cumulus Communications, Groton Parks & Recreation, The Day, Chelsea Groton Bank, Savings Institute Bank & Trust, Liberty Bank, Lawrence + Memorial Hospital, Pepsi, Dunkin Donuts, Grader Jewelers, Communications Plus, Grossman's Seafood, Groton Shopping Plaza, and Shipmen's Fire Equipment.