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Light Up The Night Hillsborough Holiday Parade

The Hillsborough/Orange County Chamber of Commerce is the proud host of the annual Hillsborough Holiday Parade each year.

The parade is set for Sunday, December 2, 2018 starting around 4:15 p.m. in Downtown Hillsborough.  Download a parade application and submit it, with payment, as soon as possible if you plan to be part of the 2018 Hillsborough Holiday Parade as spaces are limited and are first come, first served.


The Hillsborough/Orange County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that the Light Up The Night Hillsborough Holiday Parade, Community Sing and Tree Lighting will be Sunday, December 2nd this year starting around 4:15 p.m.

There are many exciting activities planned for this year before, during and after the parade to help you and your family celebrate the season.  Pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus will be available for a suggested donation of $5 at the Visitors Center in the Alexander Dickson House at 150 East King Street from 1 to 3 p.m. on December 2nd, and also 1 to 3 p.m. on December 9th.

One of the newest additions to parade day this year is the Running of the Elves.  The Hillsborough Running Club and local school running clubs will lead off the parade, in all their Elfishness, around 4 p.m. on December 2nd with a chip-timed, 1-mile downhill race on Churton Street through the center of Historic Hillsborough.  A limited registration for runners will open soon on the Hillsborough Running Club website

The parade, presented by The Town of Hillsborough, then will commence down Churton Street around 4:15 p.m.  The parade route this year will travel south on Churton Street, to Margaret Lane, then north on Cameron.  Our Grand Marshall this year is former National Hockey League Left Winger, Bates Battaglia.  Bates made his NHL debut with the Carolina Hurricanes in their 1997 inaugural season.  He established himself as a NHL regular with the Hurricanes, enjoying his most successful period as a third of the BBC Line (Brind’Amour, Battaglia, Cole) during the Hurricanes 2001-2002 Stanley Cup run.  Bates and his brother Anthony (also a hockey player) competed in and won Season 22 of The Amazing Race.  These days Bates can be seen regularly in the Triangle area helping with many Hurricanes/hockey related programs, including as Head Coach for the NHL First Goal Program (kids between 5 and 10 years old) at the Orange County SportsPlex in the summer.

This year’s parade will feature local bands, fire engines and other first-responder vehicles, local personalities, festive floats, mascots and cheerleaders, as well as Santa and Mrs. Claus!  Portable restrooms will be available on the lawn of the Old County Courthouse. 

Immediately following the parade, come join the Community Sing and Tree Lighting at the Old Courthouse Square.  Local food trucks will be set up around the Old Courthouse Square starting at 3 p.m. parade day and will stay until after the Community Sing and Tree Lighting.  There are also several Downtown shops open and ready for your holiday shopping needs, and several restaurants in Downtown will be open for a yummy end to your day in Hillsborough.

The Light Up The Night Hillsborough Holiday Parade, Community Sing and Tree Lighting are sponsored by the Hillsborough/Orange County Chamber of Commerce and the Town of Hillsborough Tourism Development Authority.

Presenting Sponsor:

Town of Hillsborough

Platinum Sponsor:

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Below is an image file of the 2017 Parade Route zoomed into the Old Courthouse area.  We are finalizing the 2018 Parade Route and will be posting it soon.

Take a look at some pictures from the 2017 Parade! All photos courtesy of Cesar Carrasco (