Frequently Asked Questions

When and Where is the parade?

Saturday, November 19th  in Downtown Norfolk @ 7pm

What time does the parade start?

The synchronized countdown and grand illumination of the skylines and parade begin at 7pm

How long is the parade?

About an hour from the time the first unit reaches your location along the parade route

Is the Parade Free?

The parade is free and open to the public and there is plenty of free seating available along the 2 mile route. Street seats are available for purchase, $10 for General Admission and $25 for VIP seats.

Can we bring chairs?


Is there food for sale?


Are you still accepting applications to participate in the parade?  (Parade units and vendors)


What is the parade route?

The 2-mile parade route begins at the corner of St. Paul’s Blvd and Main Street. It travels along Main Street to Granby Street, heading North. It then turns onto Freemason Street going west, turns onto Boush Street, heading south and finishes on Waterside Drive and Water Street in front of the Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel.  

What time should I arrive Downtown?

We recommend you arrive as early as possible, heavy congestion starts at 5pm. Early bird parking rates of $2 are available until 5pm.

Is there any entertainment before the parade?

There are plenty of dining and shopping options! 
You can visit the new Dicken’s Christmas Towne – $5 adults, $4 children 4-12, 3 and under free.
MacArthur on Ice and Winter Carnival are open.
Various entertainment on the parade route starts at 5:30pm.

What is the best exit to take from I-264W

We recommend that you avoid Waterside Drive after 5pm. Instead, take City Hall Avenue Exit 10 or Brambleton Avenue Exit 11.

Will there be porta-johns along the parade route?


What is the best garage to park in?

There is not “best” garage we recommend. It all depends on where you want to sit on the parade route and what direction you are entering downtown from. Go to our website for a list of garages and locations to familiarize yourself.  

How much will parking cost?

All City garages are collect on entry. Cash ONLY.  $2 until 5pm.  After 5pm - $5
There are 14 garage options in downtown Norfolk. You can find them all on our website here.
Dominion Tower garage is $5 collect on entry from 3pm-6pm

What are Street Seats and how can I purchase?

Street seats are white folding chairs located in specific sections along the parade route.
General Admission seats are $10 and they are located on Main Street and Granby Street. Seating is first come, first serve in the section you purchase tickets in.
VIP- SOLD OUT street seats are $25 and they are located on Waterside Drive, near Nauticus. You can reserve a specific seat within the section and it includes porta-johns nearby hot-beverage and goodie bag.

Is the Parade broadcast on TV?

The parade is broadcast live on WVEC, channel 13 on 11/19 at 7pm. It is also rebroadcast twice during the holidays:
Thanksgiving Day at 9am & Christmas Day at 6am

Is the route handicap friendly?

All of the viewing areas are ADA accessible. If you have any concerns along the route, please see one of our volunteers in a bright green safety vest.

What time will the streets close and re-open?

Park Avenue and Water Street in the Harbor Park area will close at noon on 11/19. A rolling closure of streets on or adjacent to the parade route will begin about 6pm.
NOTE: street closures are under the control of the Norfolk Police Department and are subject to change. Streets will reopen as soon as possible after the parade. No later than 11pm