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Christmas Parade Info & Sign Up Deadline

News Date: Monday, October 16, 2023

Parade graphic with train
News Release
For Immediate Release
Monday, October 16, 2023
Linda Rickens Schellhammer, City Clerk/Public Information Officer
The Spirit of Christmas Parade Information
Altoona, PA. - The City of Altoona's Spirit of Christmas Parade has kept the name and changed the day, time, route and sponsor.  The City is teaming up this year with Seven Mountains Media to bring an afternoon parade on Saturday, December 2, 2023 at 1:00 p.m.  The parade route will also be extended to accomodate the large crowd.  

The parade will form at 17th Street and 9th Avenue to 12th Avenue and 12th Street to 11th Avenue to 16th Street.

To register or to become a sponsor visit: 
There is a $50.00 fee which will increase to $75.00 after October 31st.  The fees will be donated to  local non-profit organizations.

There are also cash prizes awarded this year for bands/drum corps, non-profits and businesses. After the parade tune in to one of the following radio stations where the winners will be announced!

WALY 100.1
POP 104.5
ROCKY 104.9
WOWY 97.1

If you have questions or would like more info contact:
or phone 814-941-9800.

The City of Altoona will also host the following events taking place prior to the parade on Friday evening, December 1st, beginning at 6:00 p.m. to include live music from our area schools, Christmas movies, hot chocolate, snacks, and food vendors.  To complete the evening there will be a tree lighting and fireworks at Heritage Plaza.

The Blair Emergency Services Chaplain Platoon will hold their annual Ugly Christmas Sweater 5K/2 Mile Fun Walk on Saturday, December 2nd prior to the parade at 9:00 a.m. in Downtown Altoona's Heritage Plaza.  Register at RUNSIGNUP.COM/BESCPUGLYSWEATER5KOR2MILEWALK

Don't forget to wear your UGLY SWEATER!