Schedule of Events

6:30 p.m.
Mayor’s Tree Lighting festivities begin at Public Square in front of the courthouse

Immediately following: Fireworks

7:00 p.m.
Parade start

Road Closures

Friday, Dec. 5 from 4 – 9 p.m.

4 p.m. – Second Ave. northbound to Union Street, around and over the Woodland Street Bridge westbound to Interstate Drive will be closed.

5:30 p.m. – Broadway will be closed from Second Ave. through 10th Ave. No traffic will be allowed to proceed east and west, but traffic can cross north and south across Broadway.

6 p.m. – No traffic will be allowed to cross Broadway.

7 p.m. – Parade officially begins after the tree lighting ceremony with a fireworks display, and the remainder of Broadway will be closed from Second Ave. to 12th Ave.

Parade officials anticipate the parade to last approximately one and a half hours. The streets will reopen immediately following the parade. For additional information regarding the STREET CLOSURES for this event please contact Rory Rowan at rory.rowan@nashville.gov, or by phone at (615) 862-8782.

Parade Route

The parade will begin at the top of Woodland Street Bridge at Union and march down Second Ave. and turn on Broadway to Ninth Ave. The disbandment area will be between Ninth and 12th avenues.


Check out parkitdowntown.com for the most convenient and least expensive downtown parking options. Pay-to-park lots and garages are available throughout the downtown area.

Restaurants and Vendors

Downtown Nashville is a wonderful place to spend a brisk winter evening. We recommend coming early or staying after the parade to enjoy dinner, live music and great shopping.

Avoid the Traffic

We’re expecting a big crowd, so you can expect some traffic. To avoid the worst of the traffic, we suggest coming early to find your spot and staying late and enjoying Christmastime in Nashville. Whatever you’re looking for—great shopping, delicious food and drinks or live music and dancing—Downtown Nashville definitely has it! Plan to come early and stay late for the best parade experience.