Bright Lights & Merry Nights Christmas Parade

Thank you to everyone who came out for the city’s Bright Lights & Merry Nights Christmas Parade Saturday, Dec. 11. More than 50 entries participated in this year’s parade to the delight of hundreds who lined downtown Beach Street.

Congratulations to this year’s parade winners:

Mayor’s Choice Magic of Christmas Award 
Mainland High School Marching Band

Storybook Christmas Award
A Salty Dog Property Management Company

Friends of Rudolph Award
Beacon Center

Dancing Elves Award
Dedicated Characters and More & Campbell Middle School Marching Band

Best Float – First Place
Daytona’s Endless Summer Campground

Best Float – Second Place
World’s Most Famous Brewery

Thank you to our sponsors: Presenting Sponsor Brown & Brown Insurance and Supporting Sponsors Daytona International Auto Mall and Southern Stone Communications, HOT 94.1. 


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

Want to remotely watch the parade? Watch a live broadcast on the city's website or on Spectrum Chanel 490.

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

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