Bright Lights & Merry Nights Christmas Parade

The city of Daytona Beach is bringing back this annual community tradition, so make sure you don’t miss it!

Presented by Brown & Brown Insurance and sponsored in part by the Daytona International Auto Mall, the Bright Lights & Merry Nights Christmas Parade will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, starting at Bethune Point Park, 11 Bellevue Ave. From the park, the parade will travel north on Beach Street and end at Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Blvd. (PDF MAP). The parade route is about 1.4 miles.

Several bridge and road closures will be implemented for the popular parade. Motorists should plan accordingly if planning to use the Veterans Memorial or International Speedway Boulevard bridges Saturday evening, which will close for the parade.

Daytona Beach residents will be able to enjoy festive floats, performances by local bands and more. Prizes will be awarded in multiple categories.

  • Mayor’s Choice - Magic of Christmas Award – Given to the overall outstanding entry: $200
  • Storybook Christmas Award – Given to the most creative parade entry: $150
  • Friends of Rudolph Award – Given to the entry with the most holiday spirit: $100
  • Dancing Elves Award – Given to the most entertaining parade entry: $50

 NEW This Year

  • Best Float – First Place: $750
  • Best Float – Second Place: $500
  • Best Decorated Golf Cart: $150

The city is currently accepting applications for entries and floats for the parade (there is no application fee). If you are interested in submitting a parade entry, please fill out this application (PDF) and send to Vincent Terry by email or mail a printed version to the following address:

City of Daytona Beach
2021 Christmas Parade
Attn: Vincent Terry, Leisure Services
301 South Ridgewood Ave.
Daytona Beach, FL 32114

For additional questions, please contact Vincent Terry at (386) 671-5830 or Leisure Services at (386) 671-8337.


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