MARK YOUR CALENDAR: DECEMBER 10TH AT 6:00PM – DOWNTOWN TULSA, OK

Parade Entry

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Sponsorship

Stand Out from the Crowd

Depending on the sponsorship level you select, you have the opportunity to reach thousands of Tulsans with your marketing message.

Bleacher Seating

This year you can enjoy the Tulsa Christmas Parade from beautiful grandstand seating right on the parade route. You’ll have an up close spot to see all of the floats, balloons, marching bands and costumed characters, all with the comfort and ease of reserved, bleacher seating. Tickets are available for individual seating as well as group rates.

*Tickets are not required for parade attendance. As always, general admission areas are free. Please see map of the parade route for general admission areas.

Volunteer

Help create the true spirit of Christmas this year and join in the fellowship of our Tulsa Christmas Parade as a volunteer.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What Can I Do to Help with the Parade?

We hope you’ll get involved with us and make this the best Christmas parade we’ve ever had. Here are just a few things you can do:

  1. Like us on Facebook and share the event with your friends. Like Us on Facebook
  2. Volunteers to help with the parade. Click Here to Volunteer
  3. Become a sponsor. Click Here to Become a Sponsor

What is the Parade Route This Year?

Coming Soon.

Will There Be a Live Broadcast on Television?

Stay tuned for more information about our media sponsor and live broadcast information.

Will There Be Awards Given for the Best and Most Creative Floats?

Award winners will be named at the end of the parade. A list of float categories for this year will be announced soon.

Tulsa Christmas Parade History

For many decades, Tulsans have come together to celebrate Christmas in a downtown setting. The first record of these types of events in the community date back to the late nineteenth and early twentieth-centuries. However, it wasn’t until the late 1920s that an organized parade became part of the tradition—leading the way to what is now a major and much-anticipated event throughout the area.

Today’s Tulsa Christmas Parade features a rich and enduring history. Here are a few highlights from the parades and celebrations of yesteryears.

Timeline

Timeline

1926
1926

Santa Claus Comes to Town

In 1926, Santa and his live reindeer appeared before a crowd of at least 50,000 parade attendees.

1927
1927

Flying High

A year later—in 1927—Santa flew in on a special plane made just for him.

1933
1933

Wonders From Around the World

By 1933, the parade had become a well-established event and a big draw for downtown stores, which stayed open later than their normal hours to take advantage of the huge crowd of shoppers. Santa rode in a sleigh made from rubber tires and the theme was Wonders from Around the World.

1942
1942

A Break

The parade would see a several year hiatus because of World War II.

1942

Bright Lights

Bright lights decorated the intersection of 5th Street and Main in 1942. (Photo Courtesy of the Tulsa World)

1949
1949

Marching Bands

Marching bands have always been a crowd favorite in past and present parades. Here, the Tulsa University Band leads the Tulsa Christmas Parade. (Photo Courtesy of the Beryl Ford Collection and Rotary Club of Tulsa)

1950
1950

Yuletide Parade

By the 1950s, the parade became known as the Yuletide Parade and boasted at least a dozen floats.

1960
1960

Blast from Tulsa’s Past

Marching bands continue to lead the way. (Photo Courtesy of Scott Hamilton)

1963
1963

Parade Postoned

The parade was postponed a week due to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

1973
1973

Energy Crisis

During the energy crisis of 1973, the city waited until December 1st to put up Christmas lights downtown—a full 15 days later than normal. They were turned off at 10 PM nightly to conserve electricity. However, this change did not affect the parade, as it was held during the daytime.

1980
1980

Iran Hostage Crisis

The start of the 1980 parade featured flags topped with yellow ribbons, reminding parade attendees of the 52 American hostages held in Iran.

1986
1986

Nighttime Parade

For a time, the parade was held during the day to help downtown businesses. In 1986, the parade became held at night when Public Service Company of Oklahoma became a sponsor of the Tulsa Christmas Parade of Light. (Photo and Content Courtesy of Steve Crane/Tulsa World File)

2014
2014

A New Tradition

A group of community and business leaders came together to organize the region's favorite parade. Collectively they decided to ensure that each year a worthwhile charity would benefit from the funds raised for our Tulsa tradition.

2015
2015

An Old-Fashined Family Christmas

Nearly a century after the first celebrations began, Tulsa continues the tradition of gathering family together to watch the annual Christmas parade light up Downtown Tulsa.

2016
2016

And So The Tradition Continues

We will see you on December 10th at 6:00 PM as Tulsa continues to add to Christmas parade history!

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