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Holiday Lights Parade

Groton Holiday Lights Parade and Tree Lighting with Santa - Holiday fun in Groton

Come join the Greater Groton Community for the Sixteenth Annual Groton Holiday Lights Parade on Saturday, December 6, at 5 p.m. This is a special event, sponsored by the Groton Business Association (GBA) of the Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce. The line of march is along U. S. Route 1 in downtown Groton from South Road to Drozdyk Drive. Plenty of free parking is available for parade attendees.
There will be floats from community groups, local fire trucks, the Sphinx Shriners, the Silver Dolphins, Miss Connecticut’s Outstanding Teen, Cynthia Dias; Capt. Carl A. Lahti, Commanding Officer of the U.S. Naval Submarine Base; and music to please the ears. This year’s marching musical units, include the Robert E. Fitch Senior High School Marching Band and Guard, the Nutmeg Volunteer Junior Ancient Fife and Drum Corps, the Colchester Continental Fife & Drum Corp, the Westbrook Senior Drum Corps, the Junior Colonials Fife and Drum Corps, and the Grasso Tech High School Band.
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. Parents, you are invited to take your child’s photograph with Santa Claus.
Steve Elci and Friends will provide the post-parade entertainment.
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There will be free refreshments and a small gift for kids, donated by Grader Jewelers.
Judging will take place as participants pass by Chelsea Groton Bank.
For weather cancellation info, please call (860) 441-6791.
The GBA would like to thank the following businesses and organizations who are major sponsors for this year’s event. They are Groton Utilities, Groton Parks and Recreation Department, Hall Communications, Chelsea Groton Bank, Stonington Odd Fellows Lodge #26, Liberty Bank, Savings Institute, Thames Valley Communications, The Day, Mystic River Press, and Ella T. Grasso Technical High School.


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.

Register Here!








For those without access to the web, please call 860-536-5680 to obtain a hard copy of the application form.






Judging will take place as participants pass by Chelsea Groton Bank. Awards will be presented at the special Awards Breakfast in January.

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