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2019 Christmas Carriage Parade
Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019 at Noon
Downtown Parker

 

The Parker Christmas Carriage Parade is a valued tradition held annually in downtown Parker in celebration of the holiday season. The Town of Parker and the Colorado Driving Society present this exciting event on the second Saturday of December each year and the parade is free to attend.

Come and experience that holiday feeling in the air and enjoy this all-equestrian parade made up of dozens of horse-drawn carriages, wagons, surreys and stagecoaches from across Colorado, all dressed up for the occasion.  Event-goers also enjoy a holiday farmer's market.

The Town hosted photo opportunity with Santa will now be part of the North Pole Pass Experience, which requires pre-purchase. (parents bring your own camera - there will not be a professional photographer onsite!)Schedule of Events

 

Event Day Road Closures

Due to staging and parade route needs, the downtown area will have several street closures.  

7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

* The Pine Drive Bridge and all access points to South Pine Drive from Rodeo Circle to Mainstreet will be closed for parade staging. North entrance of Turtle Creek and Parker Hilltop Apartments will be blocked and the south exits will remain open.

* Mainstreet from S. Pine Drive to Pine Drive will be closed.

10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

* Mainstreet and all access points will be closed from Parker Road to Pine Drive.

* Victorian Circle and all access points will be closed.

Parking

Due to the road closures in downtown Parker, O'Brien Park, PACE Center, Discovery Park and Town Hall Parking Lots will not be open to the public for public parking on event day.  Limited accessible parking will be available in The Schoolhouse Lot.

Other non-Town facility public lots surrounding the downtown area will be open on parade day.  Attendees may also park west of Parker Road and walk through Kieffer's Crossing, an underground tunnel that helps pedestrians avoid crossing South Parker Road.  The tunnel is between Taco Bell/Long John Silver's and Colorado State Bank and Trust, and connects directly to O'Brien Park.

Parade Route

The Parade begins at noon, starting at the corner of PACE Center Drive and Mainstreet near Discovery Park where longtime event favorite Pam Terpenny will be announcing with her new-co-announcer, Jesse Greaves-Smith.  The Parade will travel west down Mainstreet past the Ruth Memorial Chapel and the Schoolhouse where announcers Kathy Sabine, Parker resident and local TV personality, and Mayor Mike Waid, Parker's very own local celebrity will be announcing as the horses go by! The parade will continue to Victorian Dive at O'Brien park and will round back around to Mainstreet via Victorian Drive.  

View a downloadable parade route and road closure map


​New for 2019: Purchase a North Pole Pass 
($20 R/$23 NR; limited availability, purchase online)



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New to the Parker Christmas Carriage Parade – a memorable experience for kids ages 2-10!  This unique and exclusive pass will create a day of holiday memories for kids on Saturday, December 14, 2019! 

Passes are $20/Resident and $23/Non-Resident.  Those that purchase this pass will be able to visit the petting zoo, ice skate at the Parker Ice Trail at Discovery Park, learn secrets of the North Pole from one of Santa’s elves, spend time creating holiday arts and crafts, refresh with milk and cookies and most importantly spend time with the big guy himself!  With this pass, kids will not only be able to share their Christmas wish list with Santa and Mrs. Claus but will hear a story read by Jolly Ole St. Nick himself. They will also walk away with an autographed (by Santa right in front of their eyes) storybook.  Parents and guardians – there will be time for informal pictures so make sure to bring your cameras/phones!

Your registration will include:

  • Petting Zoo (unlimited anytime between 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.) (Value: $4.00)
  • Ice Skating at the Parker Ice Trail at Discovery Park (skates included – anytime between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.) (*parents must pay to skate) (Value: $10)
  • One hour reserved session at the North Pole (Inside Douglas County Libraries in Event Rooms A and B) 
    • 30 minutes inside Santa’s Workshop (Event Room A)
      • Activities and magic with one of Santa’s elves inside Santa’s Workshop 
      • Crafts courtesy of Cross Family Church
      • Milk and cookies in Santa’s Workshop Room courtesy of Cross Family Church
    • 30 minute Storytime and with meet and greet with Santa (Event Room B)
      • Storytime with Santa
      • Christmas book to take home that you can ask Santa to autograph (courtesy of DC Libraries)
      • Informal picture with Santa (parents bring your cameras)
North Pole Pass Rules/Restrictions
    • Those under 2 are admitted with purchase of a sibling’s pass.
    • On event day, pick up your North Pole Pass wristbands at the Discovery Park Ice Trail Skate Rental Building to pick up your North Pole Pass wristbands.  You will need those wristbands to access all activities including Santa’s Workshop and Storytime with Santa.   
    • No refunds will be given for cancellations, late arrivals or no shows.  
    • The Christmas Carriage Parade and the North Pole Pass activities will happen snow or shine and in cold or warm weather.
    • Please be on time for your specific reservation to visit Santa’s Workshop and Storytime with Santa.  You will not be given access to these two activities for any other time other than your pre-reserved time slot.
    • Unlimited access to the petting zoo and ice skating is between 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
    • Parking is not included. The library parking lot is open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis.  Town Hall, PACE and Discovery Park lots will be unavailable from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. due to parade staging.

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