By Tim Moore

The 2017 ABC 11 Raleigh Christmas Parade presented by Shop Local Raleigh will be held Saturday, November 18, 2017. Join us for the largest Christmas Parade between Washington, DC and Atlanta.

Sponsored by:

ABC 11

Presented By:
Greater Raleigh Merchants Association & Shop Local Raleigh

November 18, 2017

Start time:
9:40 A.M.

Parade Route: download parade map

  • Begins on Hillsborough Street at St. Mary’s Street
  • proceeds to the State Capitol
  • turns right onto Salisbury Street
  • turns left onto Morgan St.
  • Turns right onto Fayetteville St
  • and continues to Lenoir Street where it disbands


Length of Parade Route:
Approximately 1.4 miles

The Parade will last about 2.5 hours. The Parade telecast airs from 10:00a.m. to 12:00p.m. It is rebroadcast on Christmas morning.

Participant Information:
Parade Application
Parade Registration Schedule
Parade Fees
Parade Day Line-Up
Parade Day Photography
Awards for Parade Participants


The parade begins on Hillsborough Street at St. Mary’s Street and proceeds to the State Capitol.

From there, the parade will turn right onto Salisbury Street, left onto Morgan Street and right onto Fayetteville Street before it continues to Lenoir Street where it disbands.

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Street parking is free on Saturday and at various lots and decks in downtown Raleigh, including the Wake County Parking Deck at the intersection of Davie and Cabarrus Streets.

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