Spectators

Top 5 Tips

We understand that we have many returning visitors for this year’s Piedmont Natural Gas Nashville Christmas Parade, but for those of you who are new or first-time visitors from out of town, here are the top five tips to have the best time possible at the Parade.

  1. Arrive early and stay late! This Parade draws huge crowds every year, and this year should be no different. Traffic is always less-than-joyful before and after the Parade, so consider arriving at least an hour early and hanging out after the parade to enjoy Downtown Nashville with food, great shopping and live music. The parade starts at 9 a.m. and the route stretches almost one and a half miles, so there are plenty of options for viewing. Spread out. We recommend that you bring your own folding chairs if you don’t want to stand for the whole event.
  2. Be strategic about finding parking! Downtown Nashville is generously sprinkled with parking garages and parking lots, but they tend to fill up fast for big events such as the Parade. Do some research to find a garage near your desired viewing area so it’s less of a struggle to get to and from your seat in the winter weather. Maybe even consider public transportation to and from to avoid the headache. Visit www.parkitdowntown.com for information about parking, alternate transportation and road closures to help you get started.
  3. When you arrive early and get a great parking spot, the next thing you have to do is find the best place to sit to see Santa and the floats roll through town. Consider Broadway. The glowing neon lights of the honky-tonks paired with the parade floats makes for one of the best holiday traditions in Music City! Wherever you chose to watch the parade, make sure you stay out of the streets along the parade route so that everything goes as smoothly as possible! Click here for an area map and parade route.
  4. Don’t forget those Letters to Santa! Make sure you download a blank letter for your little ones fill out and bring to the parade. Our elves will be collecting them along the route to ensure they get to Mr. Claus after he soars through Downtown Nashville. The downloadable Santa Letter can be found on the Downloads page.
  5. Come prepared! Warm clothes, warm drinks and lots of Christmas cheer should be on your list of things to bring with you. Maybe even a cozy blanket to cover up with while sitting in the folding chair we mentioned earlier. Nashville’s weather is unpredictable, so keep an eye on the local weather forecast to help determine what you should bring. We are so excited for this year’s Piedmont Natural Gas Nashville Christmas Parade, and we look forward to seeing you all there on Saturday, Dec. 5!