November 26, 2018

Holiday Lights Parade

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December 1, 2018 - December 1, 2018

A night of magical lights awaits at the annual Holiday Lights event. Bring the family and welcome the holiday season with cookies and cocoa in Bass Hall, a visit from Santa, caroling and merriment along Grove Street, and a special Lantern Parade presented by Children and the Arts capped off by the lighting of the town Christmas tree in Putnam Park.

Spend the afternoon buying gifts in the gaily decorated downtown shops, then visit Bass Hall to warm up with homemade cookies and hot cocoa, enjoy some seasonal music and visit with your friends and neighbors. Be on the lookout for Santa who will visit Bass Hall and give candy canes to all the good boys and girls. Then find a spot along Grove Street to see the parade featuring hundreds of lanterns crafted by school children in Peterborough. The parade will start at Peoples United Bank, cross Main Street and process down Grove Street to Putnam Park. In the park, enjoy caroling before the lighting of the tree at 6:30 p.m.

This is event is free and all are welcome!

Learn more about the Lantern Parade here.

lantern parade for holiday lights event

Holiday Lights is brought to you by the Greater Peterborough Chamber of Commerce, the Monadnock Center, the Town of Peterborough and the North Pole!

Event Timeline:
3- 5:30 p.m. Cookies and Cocoa in Bass Hall
5:45 p.m. Lantern Parade begins
6:30 p.m. Tree lighting in Putnam Park

Other Information to know:

Date and Time

The event will take place on Saturday, December 1st. The parade will begin behind the People’s United Bank (35 Main St. in Peterborough) and end at Putnam Park in time for the tree lighting ceremony. Poles and lights will be distributed from distribution points set up behind the bank from 5:00-5:45pm and the parade will leave promptly at 5:45pm.

What to Wear

Please dress warmly as you will be outdoors for an extended period of time. Hats, gloves, warm coats, walking shoes/boots, etc. Gloves are especially important for carrying the bamboo poles.

What to Bring

Remember to bring the lantern(s)! As mentioned above, poles and lights will be distributed that evening. We will have approximately 750 pole/lantern set-ups and they will be distributed on a first-come-first-served basis.


CHILDREN MUST HAVE A RESPONSIBLE ADULT ACCOMPANY THEM ON THE PARADE ROUTE. (Two children per adult is an acceptable ratio.) CHILDREN MAY NOT BE DROPPED OFF AT THE PARADE SITE TO BE MET AT THE END. This event is sponsored by the Children and the Arts Festival Committee (NOT the ConVal School District or the Library). Staff will NOT be there to accompany children.

Activities Prior to and after the Parade

-Look for items in the scavenger hunt at the Peterborough Town Library 10:0 am-4:00pm

-Cookies and Cocoa will be served in Bass Hall at the Monadnock Center for History and Culture

  from 3:00-5:30pm.

– Lantern Parade begins at 5:45pm at People’s United Bank

-The tree will be lit at 6:30pm in Putnam Park.


No parking will be available behind the bank. Please find alternative parking throughout town.

Parking is available at All Saints Church on Concord St.

Lantern Etiquette:

To make this a safe and fun event for everyone in the parade, please go over the following lantern etiquette with your child before the parade:

– No running with lanterns
– No swinging the lantern about

– No overtaking the designated front of the parade.

– Hold the bamboo pole firmly with two hands – with the lantern out in front of them and not back over the shoulder. Please be aware of the people around you and hold your lanterns as high as possible, where it can be seen and enjoyed by all. HAVE FUN!

– Please return your pole at Putnam park in the receptacles provided at each entrance. We will reuse them.